SWD

Senator tours Michigan blueberry farm to highlight SWD bill

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., recently promoted the passage of the Spotted Wing Abatement Trust (SWAT) Act during a visit to Crossroads Blueberry Farm in West Olive, Michigan. The legislation targets spotted wing drosophila (SWD),... more »

Varieties, pests, to be discussed at MSU Blueberry Pre-harvest Meeting

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and Michigan Farming Systems will discuss blueberry varieties, pest control and other issues at the 2023 Blueberry Pre-harvest Meeting. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern June... more »

Michigan blueberry research looks at biological controls of SWD

The Michigan Blueberry Commission has selected research projects at Michigan State University (MSU) to fund for the year, including a study on biological controls for spotted wing drosophila (SWD). One project will evaluate the biocontrol... more »

MSU entomologists recognized for achievements

Three Michigan State University (MSU) entomologists have been recognized by the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America for their achievements. Rufus Isaacs, Amanda Lorenz and Zsofia Szendrei will serve as the north central branch nominee; the... more »

Tiny wasps could add to anti-SWD pest defense plans

Collaborating researchers recently released tiny wasps in selected West Coast locations hoping they’ll establish and help control the spotted-wing drosophila fruit fly (SWD). Vaughn Walton, an Oregon State University entomologist, said he doesn’t expect the... more »

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 »

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