Identifying and Coping With Infestation in Saskatoon Berry Crops: presentations at the 2017 Northwestern Michigan Orchard & Vineyard Show

POSTED IN For Growers ON 4/17/2017

Extension office researchers presented their findings regarding infestation at the 2017 Northwest Michigan Orchard & Vineyard Show (click on topic name to see presentation). This information will be valuable to many growers to assist in protecting top quality fruit production and availability. One newcomer for many types of fruit is Spotted-Wing Drosophila. So far these insects have had little impact on saskatoon berries, possibly partly because the ripen earlier than many fruits. Vigilance can be essential in minimizing crop damage due to infesting insects.

This fruit shows no sign of infestation

Saskatoon berries on the bush

Saskatoon fruit-infesting insects – ID, phenology and impacts (Duke Elsner, MSU Extension)

Results and Observations from the Pruning Demonstration Plot  (Duke Elsner, MSU Extension)

Novel Berry GREEEN Grant (Duke Elsner, MSU Extension)                    

SWD in Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries Carlos Garcia-Salazar, MSU Extension

Detecting SWD larve in fruit samples Karen Powers, NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center, MSU

SWD Adult Detection With Traps Carlos Garcia-Salazar, MSU Extension

Other topics of this Concurrent Session included an introduction to The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America, Pesticide Recertification, and time to learn more about vendor products and services.