2016 Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop

Date: June 30, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Board Room, Ottawa County Fillmore Complex 12220 Fillmore Street West Olive, MI 49460
Contact: Carlos Garcias Salazar, garcias4@msu.edu, 616-994-4545

Why should I attend this workshop?

In 2015, 50 percent of the growers attending a similar training, and after applying what they learned reported: one or two applications less than in 2014 and average pest control expenses of $175 versus $375 per acre in 2014. In addition, in 2015, those attending the training reported crop losses due to SWD averaging 9% of their crop versus 18.5% in 2014.

Why is the 2016 training under a Systems Approach different from other training offered in previous years?

In 2016, the training has been reformatted to incorporate new concepts and research advances on the control and management of the SWD under a Systems Approach. Under this approach, growers learn to use:

  • The biology and behavior of the SWD to learn to target the most sensitive life stages of the pest to optimize their pest management.

  • The chemical characteristics of recommended insecticides to understand how the insecticide performs under a variety of weather conditions. This will allow growers and IPM practitioners to make informed decisions about when and how to utilize each one of the recommended insecticides.

  • The current and forecasted weather information to program your insecticide applications and select the best insecticides depending on the current weather forecast provided by the MSU Enviroweather.

  • Finally, there will be a hands-on session dedicated to discuss and elaborate on a successful IPM program for SWD control using Enviroweather and MSU Extension resources provided during the classroom sessions. If you have a laptop computer, please bring it with you for the hands-on session. If you do not have one, we will have some available for use.





9 - 9:20 a.m.


Carlos Garcia

9:20 - 9:30 a.m.


Carlos Garcia

9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

SWD Research update: Control methods, new insecticides, lures and monitoring update

Rufus Isaacs

10:20 - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee break


10:30 - 11 a.m.

Use of Enviroweather for IPM for SWD - Lecture

Beth Bishop

11 - Noon



Noon - 2 p.m.

Enviroweather Hands-on – 
Ottawa County Computer Training Room

Beth Bishop, Carlos Garcia, Anamaria Gomez, Mark Longstroth.

2 - 2:10 p.m.

Coffee break


2:10 - 3 p.m.

Insecticides for SWD control: Use and Management under different weather conditions

Carlos Garcia

3 - 4 p.m.

Hands-on: Developing a successful IPM for SWD

Carlos Garcia, Rufus Isaacs, Anamaria Gomez and Mark Longstroth.

4 p.m.



Even though you may have already attended one or more trainings in the past, this training will provide you with new information and will help you upgrade your IPM skills to manage the SWD at your fields during the upcoming pre harvest season. 

There is a $30.00 fee for this meeting that includes materials and refreshments. Pre-registration is required.

Four RUP recertification credits will be offered for this workshop.


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