Thrips Biological Control Demonstration in Orange and Ulster Counties 2001
Project Leader(s): Rose Baglia, Extension Educator CCE Orange Co., Commercial Horticulture
Teresa Rusinek, Extension Educator CCE Ulster Co., Commercial Horticulture
Gary Couch, NYS IPM Ornamentals Specialist
Cooperator(s): John Sanderson, Associate Professor, Entomology; Margery L. Daughtrey, Senior Extension Associate, Plant Pathology. Deborah Sweeton, Techni-Growers Greenhouses, John Gill Gill Farms, Robin and Drew Anderson Country Flowers
Type of grant: Biological control and pest biology
Project location(s): Orange and Ulster Counties.
Abstract: The use of predacious mites for western flower thrips control in bedding plant production was demonstrated and release timing examined. Cost and efficacy comparisons were made between using a standard, calendar-based release program and one based on monitoring thrips levels. Acceptable thrips control was achieved with both methods but monitoring reduced costs by over 50%. Two new growers were introduced to using predacious mites for thrips control. Methods and results were presented to growers through two NY regional conferences and a national conference along with two newsletter articles. Data was also presented to CCE agents at a statewide in-service program.