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First find in Herkimer County

Blueberry harvest is underway at a farm in Herkimer County and SWD hadn’t been found. But that changed as of Thursday! Two male SWD were caught, one in each of two traps set within the planting, during the week ending Thursday, August 2, 2018. Two traps set on the edge of the planting caught zero SWD.

Only one County in Cornell’s SWD Network hasn’t caught SWD. SWD populations continue to build through summer and into fall, placing fruit at extreme risk.

This grower will collect a fruit sample now and test it via salt flotation to see if there is an infestation. You can do this, too! Now is the time to be checking your fruit, because SWD has been found at all but one location in the New York State SWD Network. Monitor for SWD. Protect ripe and ripening fruit crops from infestation.

Herkimer County traps are being monitored by Bernie Armata, Herkimer County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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