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First catch Albany County

In Albany County on June 19, 2017, traps checked at a summer raspberry planting had 8 SWD, 1 female and 4 males in traps on the edge and 1 female and 2 males in traps within the crop. This farm site has a U-pick strawberry field adjacent to the raspberries, as well as a blueberry planting. SWD management at this location relies on sanitation - picking fruit heavily: clean picking and removing unmarketable fruit from the planting.

Probable SWD female on a day neutral or everbearing strawberry fruit. Unripe fruit, in upper left, are not susceptible to oviposition. Photo taken in early September, 2013.

A typical pattern of SWD monitoring in June strawberries has been that little to no SWD are found, either in traps set in June strawberries or infesting June strawberries, which may not be an optimal host. When June strawberries are mowed after harvest, SWD shows up in raspberry traps set in plantings adjacent to the strawberries.

Because of early SWD arrival this year and optimal weather conditions for SWD—warm, wet, and cloudy—it is advisable to monitor your June strawberry crop and practice clean picking. More on SWD management is on Cornell Fruit Resources SWD pages.

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