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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 on exclusion netting research, funded by NE SARE,  The use of insect netting on existing bird netting support systems to exclude spotted-wing Drosophila from a mature small-scale commercial highbush blueberry planting. (url is

Dale Ila Riggs writes in her report:

"The system worked extremely well. In 2014, with the 80 gram netting, at most, only 0.53 percent infestation occurred in a 10 week harvest season. Unsprayed berries without exclusion netting had as high as a 60% infestation level in one sampling period alone. In 2015, using the 80 gram netting, at most, a 0.37% infestation was found over a 5 week harvest season. Sprayed berries without exclusion netting had as high as a 20% infestation level in an individual sampling period. The netting held up through 3 severe thunderstorms and 2 hail storms and we refined our attachment system for large scale deployment of large pieces of netting.

This system has great potential for small scale, organic, and no-spray blueberry growers and I believe the system can be used by raspberry growers as well."

Beautiful, ripe raspberries without SWD, that's the goal of every berry grower these days! Including Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY.
Beautiful, ripe raspberries without SWD, that's the goal of every berry grower these days! Including Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY.

You can order the exclusion netting from Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY. For questions, contact her at Orders with Tek-Knit must be finalized this week.

If you've been considering protecting your berries from SWD with exclusion netting, read the report to see if this approach could work on your farm. Don't delay, contact Dale Ila to get the netting you need as part of her bulk order with Tek-Knit.


Save the date for the 2016 NE IPM SWD Working Group meeting!  Friday, October 21st, 2016. We invite members of the NE IPM SWD Working Group and interested berry growers to participate. The Working Group meeting will be held at the NYSAES, Cornell University campus in Geneva, NY.  There will be a welcome dinner on Thursday, October 20th as in years past.  Details will be forthcoming.

Read more about the activities of the SWD IPM Working Group and review the research and extension priorities developed in 2014 on the Spotted Wing Drosophila IPM Working Group webpages hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center. We have two years of funding from the NE IPM Center to address SWD during our working group meetings in 2016 and 2017. Our working group objectives:

SWD Working Group meeting in 2012, addressing an invasive nightmare - spotted wing drosophila.
SWD Working Group meeting in 2012, addressing an invasive nightmare - spotted wing drosophila.

Objective 1. Increased Networking among individuals and/or groups on SWD IPM.—that means you, berry growers!
Objective 2. Setting priorities for SWD IPM.—we want to know what your priorities are!
Objective 3. Develop Resources for SWD IPM.—what resources do you need?
Objective 4. Share Resources on SWD IPM.—keep in touch, we'll share resources we develop and identify.

Thank you for your continued interest in the research and management of Spotted Wing Drosophila.  If you have questions or comments about the 2016 program, or if you know of individuals that should be added to the list, please feel free to contact one or all of the planning committee.

Best regards,

Julie Carroll,

Greg Loeb,

Cesar Rodriguez Saona,

Anne Nielsen,

Dean Polk,

Laura McDermott,

The Sustainable Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Management for US Fruit Crops project, funded by NIFA, needs your help. This five-year project is developing national research and extension approaches to minimize the impacts of SWD. They include:

  • new management tactics and programs
  • expanded pesticide registrations for SWD
  • information and training on SWD for growers, extension agents, and others

In order to achieve this and ensure that the research and extension efforts match the needs of growers, the project is collecting information on the impacts of SWD on berry and small fruit growers' farms, your current management practices and preferences, and your needs for better management of SWD.

Participation in the survey is voluntary. The survey doesn't collect personally identifying information and the data will only be analyzed and reported in aggregate form. Please help us help you by providing your perspectives on SWD in the survey.

Access the SWD survey at this link:

Sustainable SWD Management Survey

Thank you!


Berry Growers, Industry and Extension Friends…plan to attend the SWD Management Open House!  Wednesday, September 2nd from 3:00-5:00 PM at The Berry Patch of Stonewall Hill Farm, 15589 NY Route 22, Stephentown, NY 12168 in Rensselaer County.

At the Field Meeting you will learn and see…

  • How to do an easy salt floatation test to detect SWD in fruit.
  • Research results on commercial lures for monitoring SWD adults with traps.
  • Tour a blueberry planting surrounded by SWD exclusion netting.
  • A fixed sprayer system in a high tunnel raspberry planting.
  • The effectiveness of clean picking, sanitation and refrigeration against SWD.

Farm owner and President of the NYS Berry Growers Association (NYSBGA), Dale Ila Riggs, will host the SWD Open House to showcase the SWD research that has been funded by allocations from the New York State legislature to the NYSBGA.

The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension has coordinated the SWD Open House. The featured research and development on SWD lures and the fixed sprayer system has been led by faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

Sign up to attend! Call Marcie at 518-272-4210—a headcount is needed to make handouts. If you get voicemail, leave your name, phone number, and the number who will attend the SWD Open House at The Berry Patch.

This event will happen rain or shine on Wednesday, September 2nd from 3:00-5:00 PM at The Berry Patch, 15589 NY Route 22, Stephentown, NY.

Questions? Contact Laura McDermott: 518-791-5038

Research supported by funding from:
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE SARE)
New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI)
New York State Legislature

An important warning from Dow AgroSciences, the manufacturer and distributor of the organic-approved insecticide, Entrust SC, about the use patterns of this product for control of SWD - don't overuse it, follow label directions and rotate with a different active ingredient. (Excerpts from their letter are in quotes. I've added bold emphasis.)

It is crucially important to follow the "labeled resistance management restrictions for Entrust SC in organic cropping systems in the Northeastern United States targeting Spotted Wing Drosophila." It is my understanding that, in New York, Entrust is under a 2ee registration and you must have the 2ee in your possession when applying this insecticide; ask your supplier.

"Entrust SC Insecticide is a solution for control of economically important arthropods across many different crops. This product is registered for organic use and is OMRI certified. The active ingredient Spinosad is a group 5 insecticide, which offers a unique mode of action. Dow AgroSciences is proud to offer a unique class of chemistry for organic growers."

Insecticide rotation to different IRAC groups

"At Dow AgroSciences we take (insecticide) resistance very seriously and investigate all situations we are aware of in which non-compliance may be occurring or where performance is in question. We strive to make sure our products are stewarded correctly in the market to follow label language with regards to use patterns. Specifically, our labels include Resistance Management directions which state that rotation to other insecticide classes should occur after two consecutive applications." For many fruit crops, only three total applications of Entrust may be applied per season—read and follow label directions.

Organic insecticide rotation guidelines -
For organic management of SWD, rotate to a different insecticide active ingredient after applying one, no more than two or three (depending on the crop label) Entrust (group 5 insecticide) sprays. Options for rotation partners include the active ingredients azadirachtin (group UN insecticide) and pyganic (group 3A insecticide). While spinosad (Entrust) has good to excellent activity against SWD, azadirachtin and pyrethrin have fair to poor activity against SWD. Save Entrust applications for when SWD populations are high and fruit is at high risk.

Azadirachtin is the active ingredient derived from neem oil. Trade names include, but are not limited to, AzaSol, Aza-Direct, AzaGuard, AzaMax, and Azatrol EC. These insecticides may not be labeled on all fruit crops, so read the label carefully before purchasing and using this insecticide. Group UN - mode of action is unknown or uncertain.

Pyrethrins are active ingredients derived from the plant Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium. Pyrethrin insecticides are highly toxic to bees, so don't use these when pollinators are active. Trade names include, PyGanic EC 1.4 and PyGanic EC 5.0. These insecticides may not be labeled on all fruit crops, so read the label carefully before purchasing and using this insecticide.

Insecticide application frequency and amounts per season

Dow AgroSciences has also "been made aware that Entrust SC is allegedly being used at a greater frequency than the label allows per crop. Dow AgroSciences is closely monitoring this situation to understand if these are isolated cases or more widespread occurrences." Entrust is typically limited to 3-5 applications per season, depending on the fruit crop, and always no more than a cumulative total of 9 oz per acre per season.

When an insecticide is applied too often and at higher cumulative rates than research on the chemistry warrants, a sensitivity shift in the target insects can occur over the course of a growing season. Over several growing seasons, SWD individuals with reduced Entrust SC (Spinosad) sensitivity could make up the majority of the SWD population in organic cropping systems. We are very concerned about this and work is ongoing to identify more effective insecticides for rotation partners in organic systems.

If resistance to Entrust SC (Spinosad) is selected in organic systems due to overuse and lack of rotation, IPM growers using the group 5 insecticide Delegate WG (Spinetoram) could lose this insecticide due to group 5 insecticide sensitivity shifts in the SWD population. Spinetoram is the chemically synthesized spinosad active ingredient and it, currently, has excellent activity against SWD—it, too, should not be overused. Likewise, if IPM growers overuse Delegate, this could have negative repercussions on the activity of Entrust.

Let's keep Entrust in the Northeast!

"...if non-compliance continues then Dow AgroSciences will pursue corrective action which could include withdrawal of Entrust SC from the Northeastern United States. If you have any questions, please contact your local Dow AgroSciences partner."

Take the time to learn about resistance management and follow the label directions that are designed to help prevent this from occurring.

The Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Westchester County, 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY, engaged their young campers in a scientific exploration of spotted wing drosophila monitoring last year. Laura Perkins, Garden & Landscape Manager, and Juliana Gravinsky, their mentor, put together an appealing learning experience for their campers.

Busy hands make the whole wheat bread dough lures for the SWD traps set in berries at the Stone Barns Center, Westchester County.
Busy hands make the whole wheat bread dough lures for the SWD traps set in berries at the Stone Barns Center, Westchester County.

The Center has several fruit plantings, as well as wild, wooded edges. Traps were set in three raspberry plantings, one blueberry planting, wild raspberries (wineberries, Rubus phoenicolasius), and a currant patch next to the woods. The currants were planted for erosion control and a forest garden experiment at the edge of the woodland. This is the area where they first found SWD males on July 16, 2014.

Two days later they caught the first SWD in raspberries and by mid-August SWD populations were climbing, as seen by increasing numbers caught in the traps. By the end of August they were catching about 100 males per trap. The young scientists focused their efforts on identifying just the male SWD in their traps, using a simple key put together by Gravinsky. This population increase underlines why late season berries are at such high risk from SWD.

Juliana Gravinsky, Stone Barns Center, teached young scientists how to identify SWD males that might be caught in their monitoring traps set in their berry plantings.
Juliana Gravinsky, Stone Barns Center, teaches young scientists how to identify SWD males that might be caught in the monitoring traps they set in their berry plantings.

A taste of the realities of scientific research occurred when some traps were knocked over and eaten by varmints. We’ve found in our research that skunks, raccoons, and perhaps other wildlife are attracted to the vinegar drowning solution and the wheat dough bait. Trapping sites near woods are particularly prone to predation. Sometimes human intervention can be the culprit for lost traps – setting up for an event at the Stone Barns Center caused a few traps to be inadvertently spilled.

We certainly appreciated the contributions the Stone Barns Center made to our monitoring efforts last year and hope that some of the children will grow up to be entomologists, horticulturists, scientists or farmers!

We need your help to restore Ag IPM funding to the NYS IPM Program. This is a critical moment, and a phone call from you could make all the difference.

Here is an update from Julie Suarez, Assistant Dean of Governmental & Community Relations, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, regarding our situation in Albany.  I want to reiterate our request in this email—a call for action to any of you who are willing and able to seek support from your state representatives.

The back story, as we understand it, is that the Senate wanted to add $500,000 to the Agricultural IPM budget, to restore us to the historical $1million dollar level.  However, that intention was not included in the Senate’s budget that was released earlier this week. We are told that some people were confused by the Community IPM funding ($550,000) that was included in the Senate budget, and thought that Ag was taken care of.

What you can do:

  1. Call your Senate and Assembly representatives. Constituents matter.

-Explain who you are, and your role in agriculture
-Thank them for their support of Agriculture
-Say something like "Please restore agricultural IPM funding in the Ag and Markets budget to $1million by adding $500K to the governor’s proposed budget.”  This aligns with the request made in a letter from Senators Funke, Ritchie, Ortt, Gallivan, Marchione, O’Mara, Larkin and Nozzolio.
*We are told that bringing up Community IPM might just further confuse the issue, so please stick with Ag IPM.

  1. Pass this request to others who care about agricultural IPM, so they can call too.

NYS Senate Switchboard (ask for your Senator’s office):  518-455-2800 

NYS Assembly's Public Information line:  518-455-4218

Thank you so much for your support!
Juliet E. Carroll
Fruit IPM Coordinator, NYS IPM Program,
Cornell University
Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program & employment opportunity

ipm_box_logo_322GREAT NEWS from Dr. Jennifer Grant, NYS IPM Program Director! The NY Farm Bureau has included the NYS IPM Program on their e-advocacy site—making it very easy for you and others to voice your support for restoring New York State's Agricultural IPM funding to previous levels. Funding for Agricultural IPM got cut by 50% in 2010, and is now seeking a return to prior year’s budgets.

Farmers have relied upon Integrated Pest Management (IPM), for decades. With IPM farmers target pests and diseases in an efficient, profitable, and environmentally sensitive manner by utilizing the best and latest innovations in research and extension.  IPM is working for you by bringing you the SWD trap network and blog reports.

Please help! Simply go to the Farm Bureau’s Action Alert website, select the delivery method, fill in your contact information, and submit—it’s that easy. Please take a moment to support this important program in the 2015-16 State Budget.

For those who are able to engage in advocacy, we would greatly appreciate your support, and your passing this message onto others. You may also be interested in other action alerts from Farm Bureau.

Thank you!

Plan now to attend the SWD Workshop at the Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Rd., Batavia, NY, on March 4th. Growers of fall raspberries, mid to late season blueberries, & day-neutral strawberries: Learn how to manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in this in-depth workshop! THIS is the place to learn current SWD information, the most recent research results, and management practices.

Wednesday March 4, 2015, 8:30AM-4PM, Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Rd., Batavia, NY. (Plan to attend! This is our final workshop.)

Checking SWD specimens with hand lens at the Albany workshop
Checking SWD specimens with hand lens at the Albany workshop

Presentations by Cornell Researchers, Extension Educators, and New York State Berry Growers Association on SWD biology, SWD management - including insecticides, cultural practices, biological control, and spray technology - signs of infestation, and decision-making resources.

Learning about spray technology at the Albany workshop.
Learning about spray technology at the Albany workshop.

Hands-on activities on SWD trapping and monitoring, achieving good spray coverage, and sampling fruit with salt floatation tests.

Checking fruit for larva with salt floatation at the Albany workshop.
Checking fruit for larva with salt floatation at the Syracuse workshop.

Take-home a binder filled with reference information, trap supplies, SWD specimens to aid in identification, and other supplies.

  • 7 CCA credits available!
  • 5.5 DEC credits available! – Categories 1A, 10, 22, 23 & 24

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE:  Per Person- Includes lunch, binder and take-home supplies. Register by February 25th. (No refunds after deadline; late registration fee: $20.)

NYSBGA Members  $25   Join the NYS Berry Growers Association and GET HALF OFF your workshop registration. The 2015 Membership fee is $125 and applies to 2 individuals per farm; $50 goes directly to berry research. The 2015 Associate Membership fee is $75, for a non-profit Ag Professional.

Non-NYSBGA Members  $50   Join the NYS Berry Growers Association and GET HALF OFF your workshop registration (see above).

REGISTER EARLY, by February 25th, to reserve your seat, lunch, and take-home goodies. Register for the Batavia SWD Workshop Online. Or, print the registration form and mail it in. More information is at


Contact: Penny Heritage, NYSBGA- Communications (518) 424-8028,

Sponsored by:  NYS Berry Growers Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and NYS IPM Program

Funding support from: NYS Legislature and NY Farm Viability Institute

berry-guide-thumbnailThe 2015 edition of the Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Berry Crops is now available. This annual publication provides up-to-date pest management and crop production information for blueberry, bramble (raspberry and blackberry), strawberry, ribes (currant and gooseberry), cranberry, elderberry, and Juneberry (Saskatoon) production in New York State. Information on wildlife management and harvesting, handling, and transporting berry crops is also included. This publication has been designed as a practical guide for berry crop producers, crop consultants, ag chemical dealers, and others who advise berry crop producers.

In addition to the annually revised pesticide and crop production information, the following highlighted changes in this 2015 edition of the Berry Guidelines that will benefit berry producers include:

  • Revised food safety and berry crops section.
  • Updated information on spotted wing drosophila control.
  • A new weed control section on herbicide active ingredients and the weeds controlled.
  • Strawberry nutrient management guidelines split between day-neutral and June bearing varieties.
  • Revised agricultural plastics recycling information.

New for 2015 are three different product options for the Cornell Guidelines. Users can obtain a print copy, online-only access, or a package that combines print and online access. The print edition of the 2015 Berry Crops Guide Cost is $28 plus shipping. Online-only access is $28. A combination of print and online access costs $39.00 plus shipping costs for the printed book. Order the 2015 Guidelines from The Cornell Store.


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