2014 Blueberry Workshop Presentation — SWD Update

The dreaded Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is drawing a lot of interest from blueberry growers in Mississippi.  Some growers have had serious issues with it, but others have not yet been impacted.  It is only a matter of time until everyone feels at least some of its wrath.  This insect can be devastating to soft-fruited crops like blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.  Control of this pest takes a true integrated pest management approach, with trapping, identification, and spraying all part of the equation.  Last year (2013) we had some good talks on SWD from Dr. Oscar Liburd, Dr. Blake Layton, and Dr. Blair Sampson (which can be found here:)

http://msfruitextension.wordpress.com/category/blueberries/2013-emerging-pest-workshop/

This year, Dr. Sampson was back and talked about the progress that has been made in combating this pest, as well as what we have learned about it in Mississippi this past year.  For his presentation click on the link below:

2014 Update on Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in Mississippi

Dr. Blair Sampson answering questions on SWD.

Dr. Blair Sampson answering questions on SWD.