Last Notice for Workshop on SWD!

This is a reminder about an important meeting, 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM, this Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the MSU Forrest County Extension Office, 952 Sullivan Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39401. There is no charge for attending the meeting.

We will discuss insect and disease problems in Blueberries and their control. There is an excellent line-up of speakers which includes:

1-1:30PM Dr. David Ingram, MSU Plant Pathologist – Exobasidium and Mummy berry occurrence and control in Blueberries.

1:30-2 PM Dr. Barbara Smith, USDA Plant Pathologist – Xylella occurence and control in Blueberries.

2-2:30PM Dr. Blake Layton, MSU Entomologist – SWD observations and control in homeowner fruit crops.

2:30-3PM Dr. Blair Sampson, USDA Entomologist – Identification, trapping, and monitoring of the Spotted Wing Drosophila in Mississippi.

3-3:15 Break

3:15-3:45PM Sam Erwin, Spray Equipment Expert and Dealer, Superb Horticulture, Plymouth, Indiana – Equipment and procedures for controlling the Spotted Wing Drosophila in Blueberries.

3:45-4:30PM  Dr. Oscar Liburd, Univ. of Florida Entomologist, Spotted Wing Drosophila life cycle, infestation and control methods in Blueberries.

4:30-5PM Discussion and Equipment demonstration

This is an impressive line-up of experts to discuss insect and disease problems and their control in Blueberries. Emphasis will be placed on the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). This insect caused considerable problems last season and will most assuredly be back this season. You need to make plans to control this pest now. If you wait till you see it, during the season, it will be too late. The SWD occurs in large numbers, lays eggs in the fruit, causes it to soften rapidly, leak from the oviposition holes and develops larvae in the fruit. Your entire crop can be lost to this pest. It can be controlled, but you must be ready with the knowledge and equipment to control it. We plan to discuss these details at the meeting on Thursday. I hope you will make every effort to attend.