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Damage from introduced fruit fly is expected to increase this season

The crops at highest risk for infestation by Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) — an introduced pest from East Asia — include fall raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Cherries, both tart and sweet, elderberries, and peaches are also susceptible. Thin-skinned grapes can be infested directly, though cracked or damaged berries are more susceptible. Early season June-bearing strawberries may escape injury, but late summer fruit or day-neutral varieties may suffer damage.

Cornell researchers and extension educators have trap network covering some 30 counties around the state to keep tabs on the pest. (As of June 7, none have been reported.)

For more information:

How do I manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in my garden?

Spotted Wing Drosophila blog

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