SWD

Best practices for minimizing SWD infestation are reviewed

Michigan State University Extension fruit team members continue to monitor for spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) across the fruit producing regions of Michigan with more than 140 traps set up in susceptible crops or non-crop hosts. As of July... more »

Plan to change when dealing with spotted wing drosophila

In 2017, we are seeing an early start to spotted wing Drosophila(SWD) and there is a good crop of berries on host plants in the woods. To me, this means SWD will arrive earlier than... more »

Michigan blueberry growers warned of early SWD detection

  Spotted wing drosophila has made an early appearance in southwest Michigan blueberry fields. Carlos Garcia, Michigan State University Extension educator, issued the following notification for growers on June 24: "Today, while checking recently placed... more »

New formula doubles performance of SWD lure

A new study on chemical lures for trapping and monitoring spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has optimized a formula for significantly greater attraction. A lure for catching and monitoring in D. suzukii populations was developed in... more »

SWD, IPM workshop set for Latino blueberry growers

Latino blueberry growers are invited to a spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and integrated pest management training and pesticide applicator certification license test on Saturday, May 20. Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Food and Farming Systems... more »

Researchers work to boost Michigan raspberry production

Though Michigan is a national leader in fruit production, some crops, such as raspberries, account for a relatively small percentage of the larger industry. The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that approximately 590 acres of... more »

MSU survey aims to measure SWD impacts

Michigan State University researchers are part of a recently funded project, “Sustainable Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Management for United States Fruit Crops,” and the team is surveying fruit growers with two goals: Measure the impact of SWD throughout... more »

Free webinar highlights chemical control of SWD

Members of the Sustainable Spotted Wing Drosophila Project will present an online webinar Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., highlighting information about controlling the invasive insect pest, spotted wing Drosophila (SWD). The webinar, “Making... more »

New fact sheet focuses on managing SWD in organic small fruit

A new fact sheet covering cultural, biological and chemical control of spotted wing drosophila in organic crops has been developed by Michigan State University (MSU). “Integrated Strategies for Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic... more »

SWD proves formidable fruit foe

When a tiny invasive fly - the size of a grain of rice - called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) first arrived in California from Asia in 2008, researchers weren’t overly concerned. Entomologists were confident that... more »


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