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Trap Network for Insects that Attack Blueberry Fruit 2006

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Project Leader: M. Shaw, CCE Tioga

Cooperators: J. Tamburello, Glenhaven Farm,

There are three main fruitworm pests blueberry growers battle in order to produce high quality fruit.  The insect populations, distributions, and damage caused are not well understood, and growers’ approaches to managing these pests varies widely.  Most blueberry growers want to reduce insecticide use not only to reduce their own exposure to pesticides, but also in response to customer demand.

For this project, a trap network on 10 farms in the program area was established to monitor pest levels and growers learned first hand how to identify the problem insects.