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2019 SWD monitoring network set to start

The 2019 SWD monitoring network is gearing up. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) will be keeping tabs on the arrival of SWD on fruit farms in New York State, primarily in blueberry and raspberry. Traps will be set in 24 counties at 37 locations with a total of 128 traps.

Scentry trap for SWD set in a raspberry patch.

Laura McDermott has coordinated an extensive network across 14 counties with the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP). She, along with Natasha Field, will be monitoring in Albany, Columbia, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Washington counties. Collaborating on the ENYCHP are Elisabeth Hodgdon and Andy Galimberti in Clinton and Essex counties; Nat Mengaziol Orange county; Mike Principe in Putnam county; and Peter Jentsch, Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, in Dutchess and Ulster counties. Jim O'Connell, Ulster County CCE, will be monitoring in Ulster County.

In other parts of the state, Shona Ort will be monitoring in Chemung County; Dave Thorp in Livingston County; Don Gasiewicz in Wyoming County; Sharon Bachman in Erie County; and Faruque Zaman in Suffolk County, Long Island. On the Lake Ontario Fruit Program, Elizabeth Tee will monitor farms in Niagara and Orleans counties. Along with Ryan Parker, I (Juliet Carroll) will monitor SWD traps in Cayuga, Onondaga, Schuyler, and Wayne Counties.

Funding to support this effort comes from CCE County Associations and Regional Programs, the NYS IPM Program, and the NYS Berry Growers Association.

Growers monitoring their fruit plantings, researchers, and others can alert me of their findings,, and I'll report those on this blog.

I will also be monitoring SWD in seven tart cherry orchards in the Lake Ontario region.

SWD findings will be reported on this blog and posted to the SWD NY distribution map. Given the mild winter (except for two cold snaps...wasn't one a polar vortex?), it might be an early year for SWD arrival and build up.

Stay tuned!

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