Widen your focus to include proactive approaches for managing spotted wing drosophila throughout the year! View the following videos taken from a webinar hosted by NCAP on April 12, 2016.
Many growers are concerned about their dependence on pesticide treatments to stay ahead of spotted wing drosophila (SWD), a troublesome invasive pest for soft fruit growers. In this video series, researcher Dr. Amy J. Dreves from Oregon State University (OSU) presents important components to effective SWD management including: biology, identification, life cycle, early detection, and monitoring pest pressure. Multiple management approaches for each season are presented, with emphasis on preventative measures and cultural practices to minimize SWD population pressure.
“Growers can manage crop risk with a holistic seasonal approach, using tailored Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies for each season to enable continued harvest of high-quality fruits,” says Dr. Dreves.
George Harris of Northwest Farm Credit Services also presents about a new crop insurance program, Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. This program provides a new opportunity for diverse, organic and specialty crop producers to secure revenue protection coverage, which was traditionally only available for commodities such as corn, wheat, and soybean.
In the last segment, Sharon Selvaggio of Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides discusses minimizing risk from pesticide use. Current restrictions adjacent to salmon-supporting waterways for certain pesticides are covered. Maximum residue levels (MRLs or tolerances) for selected export markets for insecticides on soft fruits are also discussed, along with strategies to meet tolerance requirements when selling to more restrictive markets.
This work was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and contributions from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and Applied Growth Transitions. Check out crop insurance options for blueberries, cherries, organic farming practices, and Whole Farm Revenue Protection.