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Please complete this national SWD survey, as soon as possible. Here's the link to the Sustainable SWD Management survey.

The national Sustainable Spotted Wing Drosophila Management for United States Fruit Crops project funded by the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative needs and will benefit from feedback from growers across the country.

For those reading who aren't growers, please:
1. Share the survey link at grower meetings this winter.
2. Share the survey link via social media.
3. Send the survey link to your grower email lists.

Thank you for helping out by taking this survey!  The goal is to measure the effects of SWD on fruit crop production. Results will be used to develop national research and extension projects to minimize future impacts of SWD. These may include:

  • Development of new management tactics and programs
  • Supporting new or expanded pesticide registrations for SWD
  • Development of educational material on SWD for growers, extension agents, and others

Individual survey responses are confidential and will never be shared. Participation is voluntary. No personally identifying information is collected. The survey should be completed by the person (age 18 or older) who is responsible for making pest management decisions on the berry farm.

Data may be summarized by state, crop, farm size, or farm type. Summaries of aggregated survey data will be publicly available on our project website, and will also be available by request. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Hannah Burrack at or Jean-Jacques Dubois at, North Carolina State University.

Funding for this project, Sustainable Spotted Wing Drosophila Management for US Fruit Crops, was provided by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative under Agreement No. 2015-51181-24252.

Are you looking for ways to protect your crop and lengthen your berry growing season? Plan to attend a Protected Culture Workshop for Berry Growers!  Two workshops will be held. The first in Portland, NY on February 28th at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Lab (CLEREL). The second in Riverhead, NY on March 7th at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County Education Center.

The Protected Culture Workshops will feature hands-on activities and the newest research on tunnels and exclusion netting. New techniques for you to grow berries under cover will be shared.

Here's what one berry grower said about protected culture …"I was able to supply my CSA members with strawberries right through the end of October!"

Plan now to attend! 
The Portland registration web page is: The registration deadline for Portland is February 24th.

The Riverhead registration web page is:  The registration deadline for Riverhead is March 3rd.

Workshop registration is $25 per person for NYS Berry Growers Association Members, and $50 per person for Non-Members. Registration includes lunch and take-home materials.

The Protected Culture Workshops will be packed with information:

  • strawberry cultivars for low tunnels
  • choosing and recycling tunnel plastic
  • using tools to predict weather events
  • disease and insect management
  • growing raspberries in high tunnels
  • using exclusion netting to protect against SWD
  • hands-on activities
  • a take-home resource guide and supplies

NYSBGA Protected Culture Workshop specifics:
DEC Credits in categories 1a, 10 and 22 are available.
Review the agenda via this link.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, lunch included
CLEREL (Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Lab)
6592 West Main Road, Portland, NY, 14769
Register by Friday, February 24th
For local information contact Kate Robinson,, 716-792-2800

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, lunch included
Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County Extension Education Center
423 Griffing Avenue, Suite 100, Riverhead, New York 11901-3071
Register by Friday, March 3rd
For local information contact Sandy Menasha,, 631-727-7850

Sponsored by the New York State Berry Growers Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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