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Grower report – SWD in Tioga County

Three males and one female SWD were caught in a trap today, set in a hedgerow near a blueberry planting in Tioga County. This trap is being monitored by the blueberry grower.

The suggestion I give growers is to check traps frequently, if they plan to set traps to monitor.  Frequently would be about every day. This way, not a lot of fruit flies and other insects get caught in the traps and it is easier to sort through the insect to check for SWD.

The treatment threshold is first trap catch and ripe fruit present in the planting. Keep this in mind and plan accordingly for an effective spray program that will protect your fruit for your markets.

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