Spotted Wing Drosophila Alert and Berry Notes — September 21, 2023
David Handley, Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist; James Dill, Pest Management Specialist, Phil Fanning, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Entomology, Christina Howard, Maine New Farmer Project Manager
Spotted wing drosophila trap counts were higher in nearly all locations this week, most notably in a field where spraying had been stopped. Although these numbers are relatively low for this point in the season, they do represent a significant threat to the remaining fall berry crop if left unmanaged. With no very cold weather predicted for the near term, it is likely that populations will continue to rise as long as food is available. Frequent, regular harvests to prevent the accumulation of overripe fruit in the field can reduce the buildup of drosophila populations.
A 5-7 day spray schedule is recommended to minimize fruit infestation in fields.
For more information on identifying spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and updates on populations around the state, visit our SWD blog.
Highmoor Farm 2023 Fall Open House October 5, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Highmoor Farm will be hosting its annual fall tour on Thursday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. Join us to learn about this year’s research and to share your season’s highlights and challenges. Trials on tour this year will include artichokes, blueberries, celery, celeriac, strawberries and more than 20 varieties of pumpkins. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Highmoor Farm is located at 52 US Route 202 in Monmouth, ME. If you have any questions or require any accommodation to attend, please contact us at 207.933.2100.
David T. Handley
Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist
P.O. Box 179
Monmouth, ME 04259
UMaine Extension Diagnostic Research Lab
Pest Management Unit
17 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME 04473
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