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Using Current IPM Technology and New Communication Technology to Prevent Pome and Stone Fruit Infestation by Codling Moth and Oriental Fruit Moth 2006

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Project Leaders: D. Breth, Area Extension Educator, Lake Ontario Fruit Program - CCE; E. Tee, Program Assistant, Lake Ontario Fruit Program - CCE

Cooperator: A. Agnello, Dept. of Entomology, Cornell University, NYSAES, Geneva, NY

Abstract: Codling moth (CM) and oriental fruit moth (OFM) have increasingly challenged fruit IPM programs since 2000.  There is a zero tolerance for worms in processing fruit diverting it to juice with a $1500 per acre loss in fruit value for the grower.  Accurate timing of appropriate control options is necessary to achieve 99% worm control in an IPM system.  This project implemented insect monitoring technology including sex pheromone traps and insect developmental degree-day models to schedule control actions on farms.  This project increased adoption of this technology by growers and consultants resulting in minimizing pesticide inputs and economic losses of rejected fruit loads.