Spotted wing Drosophila national survey for caneberry growers will guide options for control

Raspberry and blackberry growers are encouraged to share their experiences with spotted wing Drosophila in this national survey that will review insecticide needs and where labeling can be expanded.

Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) is becoming a serious insect pest in commercial production of caneberries. A multi-state effort is underway with state small fruit Extension specialists and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review short-term and long-term needs for insecticides to control SWD and determine where labeling can be expanded.

Michigan State University Extension is asking for information about raspberry and blackberry growers’ experiences with SWD to help support requests to EPA for expanded insecticide labeling to control SWD. This information will also be valuable to provide background information for grants supporting research to guide management recommendations.

All information collected will be summarized and the summary information will be shared with participants. Individual growers will not be identified in the summary and their identity will remain confidential.

You can complete this SWD survey for caneberry growers online. So far, 137 surveys have been completed. Our goal is to have at least 200. If you have not yet completed the survey, please take a few minutes to add your information; your contribution is important.

For questions, contact MSU Extension’s .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 1-269-944-4126.

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