Spotted Wing Drosophila in the News!
The first 2014 reports of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in Missouri are in as of June 5. See the Lincoln University IPM blog here for up-to-date information on all aspects of SWD identification, monitoring, and control. Check back with the blog frequently for updates and timely articles on this serious pest.
2014 Missouri Blueberry School Conference, Feb. 21-22, Springfield
The 2014 Missouri Blueberry School conference was held Feb. 21-22, in Springfield, Missouri. Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is poised to be a challenge for Missouri blueberry growers in 2014, and Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University entomologist, outlined SWD biology and history and discussed management strategies. Joining Burrack in the SWD discussion was Jaime Pinero, state integrated pest management specialist with Lincoln University. Additional topics covered during the conference included blueberry soil health management, flash freezing as a way to preserve blueberry fruit, updates to the Midwest Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide, and blueberry disease diagnostic techniques. Presentations from the 2014 Missouri Blueberry School are found in the presentation archive.
The Missouri Blueberry School
Established in 2011, the Missouri Blueberry School brings together all who have an interest in blueberry production in Missouri and surrounding states. Calling on the expertise of blueberry experts in Missouri and around the country, the Missouri Blueberry School presents information that is accurate, updated and relevant. Conferences, on-farm workshops, individual consultations and support services are provided through the School. Bookmark this site, and check back with us frequently to keep in touch with the ever-changing world of blueberries in Missouri.