Jun 15, 2020
Michigan SWD webinar series for growers of cherries, berries and grapes

The Michigan State Univesity Fruit Team is pleased to announce SWD Fridays!, a series of webinars geared specifically toward providing fruit growers with spotted wing drosophila information.

This series begins Friday, June 19 at 12 p.m., and will be held every Friday through Aug. 14, 2020.

Each webinar will feature a 10-minute statewide update on the status of spotted wing drosophila activity in susceptible fruit crops followed by a special topic, and time for questions. Special topics presented by the Michigan State University (MSU) Fruit Team and invited speakers will be brief and include discussions on 2020 management considerations in cherry and berry crops, sampling fruit for SWD, biological control,and the role of drosophila flies in grape sour rot.

Registration for this meeting is free and required. Growers only need to register once to attend any individual webinars or all of them.

To register, visit: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lE2xptdyQgGMh-cLW8LG4g.

This series will be held using Zoom. Contact Jenn Zelinski ([email protected] or 231-313-8376) for assistance registering or using Zoom.


Date Topics Presenter
June 19 ·      SWD management in a low crop year

·       Insecticide application and environmental factors that impact efficacy

·      Larry Gut, Nikki Rothwell, Rufus Isaacs (MSU)

·       John Wise (MSU)

June 26 ·       Management in cherries ·       Larry Gut (MSU)
July 3 ·       Management in berries ·       Rufus Isaacs (MSU)
July 10 ·       Fruit sampling methods and identifying insects in a sample ·       Steve Van Timmeren (MSU)
July 17 ·       Preparing for the SWD tsunami in berry crops ·       Mark Longstroth (MSU Extension)
July 24 ·       SWD model update in cherries

·       Post-harvest fruit waste management

·       Nikki Rothwell (MSU)

·       Matt Grieshop (MSU)

July 31 ·       Netting to reduce SWD in raspberries ·       Greg Loeb (Cornell Univ.)
August 7 ·       Biocontrol and the potential of exotic parasitoid wasps ·       Kent Daane (UC Berkeley)
August 14 ·       Drosophilds (including SWD) and sour rot in grapes ·       Rufus Isaacs and Tim Miles (MSU)

Emily Pochubay and Julianna Wilson, MSU Extension

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