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SWD and sour rot of grapes

SWD populations are building up and the warm, humid weather of late summer and early fall is very favorable for spotted wing. Any fruit hanging will be at risk of infestation. Not until late November will the majority of female SWD no longer carry eggs, as they prepare for overwintering. Wayne Wilcox, grape pathologist, Plant […]

Ontario County first find

Dr. Greg Loeb’s entomology research program, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, has caught 3 SWD females in traps set on the edge of a blueberry planting that is adjacent to woods in Ontario County. This blueberry planting is often the site where Greg’s program catches SWD first. Traps were set out on May 31st and checked […]

Exclusion netting against SWD

Get your order in NOW for exclusion netting to cover your berry planting and protect it from SWD infestation. Contact Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY at If you have an existing framework to protect your blueberries from birds, the exclusion netting can be placed on that framework. Read the full report […]

First catch in Rensselaer County

Seven females and three males were caught in an apple cider vinegar trap at a farm in Rensselaer county this week. Traps were collected on July 13, 2015 and are with the lure comparison research that Greg Loeb, Department of Entomology, Cornell University is leading. Traps are being serviced by Laura McDermott, Eastern NY Commercial […]

SWD at second Schuyler County research site

One female SWD was caught in a trap collected on June 25, 2015 at a Schuyler County research site. The trap contained whole wheat fermenting bread dough as the lure and was located on the edge of a blueberry planting. (This site doesn’t report to the SWD distribution map.) The New York SWD distribution map […]

SWD caught in Orange County

A single female was caught at a research site in Orange County using a baited Trécé trap, set during the week of June 15th-22nd by Peter Jentsch, entomologist, Hudson Valley Laboratory, Cornell University. The trap uses a combination lure incorporating both pheromone and kairomone—a feeding attractant. Jentsch examined red raspberry fruit from a 25-count-sample collected […]

2015 SWD season underway

The 2015 trapping season is underway and first detection of SWD has occurred in Ontario, Canada and New York State. This is certainly earlier than in 2014! It is also the earliest trap catch reported for New York since this invasive arrived here in 2012. Typically, a single trap (out of four) is catching a […]

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