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Washington County first find

A single female SWD was caught on June 13, 2016 in one of four traps set in a blueberry planting in Washington County. These traps are being monitored by Laura McDermott, extension specialist, and Annie Mills, ag technician, with the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Blueberries at the farm are not ripe.

This is turning out to be an early year for SWD arrival in New York State. The monitoring network will continue to service traps until SWD is caught at sites for two weeks in a row.

Farmers growing June strawberry may want to check their berries for signs of infestation. Normally June strawberry isn't vulnerable to SWD infestation, but this year's early arrival of SWD could place this crop at risk. Refer to the SWD blog, Do my fruit have SWD? or to the leaflet, Guidelines for checking fruit for SWD larvae in the field, on Cornell Fruit Resources.

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