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Ticks don’t really care where you are farming so we are hoping to keep all our growers safe from tick borne diseases.

If you have not already, please take this short survey:

The blacklegged tick will search for hosts typically below adult knee-height by holding onto vegetation with their back legs while holding their front legs out as hosts pass by — a behavior known as questing. Photo: J. Lampman, NYS IPM

The Community IPM Program (part of NYSIPM) was funded by the NY State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick Borne Disease to create an educational campaign about the risks of tick exposure and tick awareness for New York.

Community IPM addresses non-agricultural pest issues for every New York resident, including farmers. This survey is a research project to help us understand what tick issues and concerns NY farmers are facing on their farms and home properties.

By completing this survey you are agreeing to participate in this research. Your answers are completely anonymous and will help us understand how serious the issue is and how to raise awareness with the farming community.

Please fill out the survey (just 10 questions!) here:

For more information about this survey or about ticks and tick prevention or control, please contact Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann at

Thank you!

Starting at 5:00 PM today, Thursday, July 19, 2018, a field meeting on Exclusion Netting & SWD Monitoring will be held. The meeting runs from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project.

Exclusion netting over high tunnel raspberries will protect them from SWD.

Attend the meeting to see and learn about an SWD exclusion netting trial in raspberries!

Peter Jentsch, entomologist with the Hudson Valley Research Lab, will discuss the exclusion netting trail taking place at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project
51 Vassar Farm Lane
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

More reasons to attend:

  • Peter Jentsch will discuss attract and kill baits in a U-Pick raspberry planting.
  • Bring a berry sample and have it tested for SWD via salt flotation.
  • Have a conundrum? — bring a plant sample and ask the ENYCHP Cornell Cooperative Extension experts.
  • View low tunnels over strawberries to extend the season and protect them from rain.
  • Attendees can enter for a chance to win free SWD monitoring traps!

This meeting is Free and Open to the public.
Please Register Online at:
Or Call Abby Henderson at 518-746-2553

Sponsored by:
Hudson Valley Research Lab & CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program

A national team of researchers lead by the University of Georgia has released a new guide to organic management of SWD this May, 2018, Management Recommendations for SWD in Organic Berry Crops. The guide details information on non-chemical and insecticide approaches to protect berry crops against SWD.

Controlling SWD is particularly challenging, requiring a rigorous, persistent and diverse management plan. The guide details several management recommendations and suggests using as many control techniques as possible to reduce SWD infestation.

Funding for the research was provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

Download the guide in PDF form here,

This post was written be Peter Werts, EcoFruit, IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

A reminder that there will be a workshop on SWD in Chemung County on Tuesday July 10th, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Chemung and Tioga Counties cordially invite all interested regional fruit producers to this meeting, Spotted Wing Drosophila Update and Discussion for Fruit Producers.

Two SWD on a blueberry, photographed in early September 2013. SWD populations typically build to very high levels in late summer and early autumn.

The workshop will be held at the Waverly Village Hall, Meeting Room, at 32 Ithaca St, Waverly, NY 14892.

Shona Ort, Agricultural Development Specialist, CCE of Chemung County, is organizing this event.  To register, contact Shona Ort of CCE Chemung at 607-734-4453 ext 227 or

Two informative presentations, followed by open floor discussion, will round out your knowledge of SWD and it's management.

  1. Dr. Julie Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator, New York State IPM Program, will provide a general overview in, Spotted Wing Drosophila: what we know and what we don’t
    • what is it?
    • how do I know it's SWD?
    • what fruit can SWD attack?
    • when does SWD arrive?
    • how do I manage it?
  2. Dr. Dara Stockton, Postdoctoral Associate with Dr. Greg Loeb’s lab, Dept. of Entomology, will provide a comprehensive research overview in, Current Research on SWD control in Central NY
    • improving insecticide applications
    • monitoring
    • repellents
    • protected culture
    • offseason control
  3. Join a discussion with growers to wrap up your knowledge of SWD to take back to your farm!

Cost to attend is free of charge! Please pre-register with Shona Ort, at 607-734-4453 ext 227 or to ensure we have enough space, handouts, and refreshments.

There were a few changes during the past year in the insecticides registered in New York State for SWD management. Most notably:

  • Delegate WG, spinetoram (new product label, 62719-541) no longer needs a 2ee for use on stone fruits, grapes, brambles and blueberries. There is also a supplemental label for blueberries.
  • Radiant, spinetoram (new product label, 62719-545) no longer needs a 2ee for use on strawberries.
  • Entrust SC, spinosad (new product label, 62719-621) no longer needs a 2ee for use on blueberries.
  • Mustang Maxx, zeta-cypermethrin (new product, 279-3426) no longer requires the 2ee for use on stone fruits, grapes, brambles and blueberries.
  • Minecto Pro, cyantaniliprole & abamectin (100-1592) is a combination insecticide for use on stone fruits.

You can get to the quick guides from the Spotted Wing Drosophila Management page:

The quick guides are now always at the same url, so this won't change with newly posted updates. Please point to the new url on your websites or bookmarks.

Remember, the pesticide label is the law. For example, if you have an older product whose label doesn't have SWD on it, you'll need to have the 2ee that goes with that product label.




Chemung County is hosting a Spotted Wing Drosophila Update and Discussion for Fruit Producers on Tuesday July 10th, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:00 am. This morning session is open to all interested fruit growers and will be held at the Waverly Village Hall, Meeting Room, at 32 Ithaca St, Waverly, NY 14892. Spread the word!

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Chemung and Tioga Counties would like to cordially invite regional fruit producers to this meeting on the Spotted Wing Drosophila. Shona Ort, Agricultural Development Specialist, CCE of Chemung County, is organizing this event.

For questions and to register, please contact Shona Ort of CCE Chemung at 607-734-4453 ext 227 or

Male SWD on raspberry. Photo by Dave Handley, UMaine Extension, Highmoor Farm.

Dr. Julie Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator, New York State IPM Program, and Dr. Dara Stockton, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Greg Loeb's lab, Dept. of Entomology, will give an update on this pest and participate in a discussion with growers on what folks are currently doing to combat it.

Cost to attend is free of charge, but pre-registration is requested in order to ensure enough space, handouts, and refreshments.

Tomorrow! Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at The Berry Patch, 15589 NY-22, Stephentown, NY 12168 this workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Plasticulture strawberry production for June bearing and day neutral varieties
  • Low tunnel strawberry production
  • High tunnel raspberry production
  • Exclusion netting to control SWD in blueberries
  • Using computer models to improve pest management of berry crops
  • Collaboration between NEWA,, and NYS Mesonet,
High tunnel raspberry production.

Register by calling Abby at 518-746-2553 or registering the ENYCHP website,

There is no fee, but it will help us provide the appropriate number of handouts etc.

This workshop event will happen rain or shine.

If you have questions, please contact Laura McDermott: 518-791-5038 or

Come and learn from experts! There will be plenty of time for your questions and discussion.

  • Dr. Greg Loeb, Cornell
  • Dr. Juliet Carroll, NYS IPM and NEWA
  • Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch
  • Laura McDermott, CCE ENYCHP

This field workshop is for the commercial berry grower.
Monitoring for pests, designing an effective pest control program, understanding cultural and chemical SWD management strategies and general troubleshooting will all be part of this workshop.


Monitoring of SWD in New York has begun! Twelve Cornell Cooperative Extension programs and 13 extension scientists are cooperating this year. Some research sites may also be included in the mix, courtesy of the programs of Greg Loeb at the NY State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY and Peter Jentsch at the Hudson Valley Laboratory in Highland, NY. Below are listed the Extension personnel who are monitoring SWD in New York in 2017.

Participants and counties included in the 2017 SWD monitoring network.

Traps will be set in 21 counties. Based on research results comparing various lures, we are using the Scentry trap and lure for our monitoring network, as we did in 2016.  We’ll post trap catch reports to this blog and enter them into the SWD distribution map.

Monitoring SWD traps in 2013 - trap is a simple plastic container with apple cider vinegar. Current traps and lures are more selective for SWD than this trap was.

Our Cornell Fruit Resources website is being launched in a new format and location this week. We are doing our best to redirect you to those resources from within the new site. Some of those pages contain SWD information. As that information is revised for 2017, I’ll post it on the SWD blog and include the new link.

Reports of early trap catch this year are coming in from Michigan. However, fruit is not susceptible until it is close to fully ripe. Currently, June strawberry fruit is green, early blueberries have just set fruit and raspberries are just starting to bloom. No risk of SWD infestation at this time.

Growers interested in monitoring for SWD in their berry plantings can contact me for information and tips, Juliet Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator,

My upcoming blog will be a review of IPM tactics for SWD in berries. Stay tuned and stay prepared.

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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