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Spotted Wing Drosophila in Tomatoes

Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

September 13, 2012

Spotted Wing Drosophila in Tomatoes
Although this new pest in gaining attention from berry growers, it is also a threat to tomatoes.  Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) lays eggs in ripe or maturing fruit with a rear-end that favors a miniature hack-saw. The eggs, which have creepy breathing tubes, hatch out into nasty worms that feed inside the fruit creating a liquefied mass. Reports on tomatoes mention organic, heirloom and high tunnel crops. A common theme to these observations is that insecticides are generally absent. SWD has been reported in 2012 throughout the state, so far in traps and fruit plantings (see map courtesy of Hudson Valley Fruit Program). Likely there are unreported cases of infested tomatoes.

What to do?
First, reduce or eliminate over-ripe fruit, or wild brambles in proximity to tomatoes, with extra vigilance for grape/cherry and tunnel plantings. Next, consult the excellent information compiled by the Cornell Fruit Program online. With this information scouting and trapping should then be implemented. Finally, consider protecting crops with effective materials. Note that SWD is not listed on most pesticide labels.

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Precision Pruning for Apple Crop Load Management

January 30, 2020
Plattsburgh, NY

Crop load management begins well ahead of petal fall! Join Mike Basedow as he reviews preliminary results from the 2019 Champlain Valley precision pruning trials and offers some suggestions on how commercial orchards can incorporate these principles into their own pruning program heading into the 2020 growing season.

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February 4, 2020
Poughkeepsie, NY

Join us for a day-long program featuring grower presentations, small group discussions and demonstrations, and extension presentations focused on a number of production topics.  These will include fertility management, injection systems, grafting, variety selection, pruning, trellising systems, pest and disease management, and more!

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February 6, 2020
Saratoga Springs, NY

Join us for a day-long program featuring grower presentations, small group discussions and demonstrations, and extension presentations focused on a number of production topics.  These will include fertility management, injection systems, grafting, variety selection, pruning, trellising systems, pest and disease management, and more.

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We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

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There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

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In this episode regional vegetable specialist Elisabeth Hodgdon interviews University of Vermont PHD student Alissa White about a series of interviews with growers in the north east concerning climate change adaptations.

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https://adaptationsurvey.wordpress.com/results/
Alissa’s project was sponsored by a Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant (GNE17-163).

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