Friday, February 21, 2020

2020 Orchard Fruit Schools

Hello, everyone,
Last week we held our annual series of orchard fruit schools - Monday in Fancy Gap (Patrick-Carroll), Tuesday in Roanoke (Roanoke-Botetourt), Wednesday in Lovingston (Nelson-Albemarle, or Central Virginia), Thursday in Syria (Madison-Rappahannock), and ending on Friday in Winchester.  This is always a great opportunity to meet with most of the orchardists in the state.  Talks were provided by our fruit specialists, with other speakers added).  I spoke on spider mites and their predators, an update on spotted lanternfly and periodical cicada, and the background behind the regulatory problems with chlorpyrifos.  Here are some photos from this year's fruit schools.
More later,
Doug



















Spotted lanternfly update at Virginia Vineyards Assocation winter meeting

Hello, everyone,
Today I presented an update on spotted lanternfly at the Virginia Vineyards Association Winter Technical Meeting in Charlottesville.  A great crowd, lots of interest!  I reviewed the current status of the Virginia infestation, the eradication program, the quarantine program established by VDACS last May, extension resources and control measures.  The control measures are merely the best we have at this time - clearly more research is needed!  I am including here, links to SLF information (in English and Spanish).  Please let me know if you have questions (and especially if you have SLF sightings!) (SLF reporting portal: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask)

SLF in vineyards
English:  https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/ENTO/ento-323/ENTO-323.pdf
Spanish:  https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/ENTO/ento-323s/ENTO-323S.pdf

SLF in residential areas
English:  https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/ENTO/ento-322/ENTO-322.pdf
Spanish:  https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/ENTO/ento-322s/ENTO-322.pdf


More later,
Doug

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2020 Pest Management Recommendations now available

Each year we revise our recommendations for fruit pest management (as well as other crops.  The 2020 guides are now posted.  Commercial orchard recommendations are included in the Spray Bulletin for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers.  This is a multi-state guide, including in addition specialists from Virginia Tech, faculty from West Virginia University and University of Maryland.

Other fruit crops are included in the Pest Management Guide series.  Commercial vineyards and commercial small fruit are included in the volume on Horticultural and Forest Crops.  Direct links to the relevant chapters in PDF are here:
Commercial Small Fruit
Commercial Vineyards
Commercial Hops

Home hruit recommendations are in the Home Grounds and Animals volume.  Click here for the chapter on Home Fruit.

Information on purchasing hard copies will be provided when it is determined.

More later,
Doug

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Agendas for the 2020 Orchard Fruit Schools posted

Hello,

Next week (Feb 10-14) is our annual week of orchard fruit schools.  The agendas are locations are posted in the Virginia Fruit web site.  Here are the direct links:



We hope to have the 2020 Spray Bulletins for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers available for purchase.

See you at one of the schools!

Doug

Monday, June 3, 2019

Public Open House on SLF Quarantine to be held in Winchester

Hello, everyone,
In my last post, I discussed the newly announced quarantine in Frederick County and Winchester for spotted lanternfly (SLF).  This invasive pest threatens our vineyard, orchard and hops industries, as well as forest trees and residential areas.

In the quarantine program, businesses must inspect and obtain a permit to move regulated articles out of the regulated area - currently including Winchester and Frederick County.  To move items within the regulated area, no permit is needed, but shipments will still need to be inspected.  While the quarantine goes into effect immediately, there is a 30-day grace period for businesses to come into compliance.  This includes an online training on identification of SLF, and best management practices to avoid moving SLF.

There will be an Open House educational meeting offered by VDACS on Thursday, June 6, at the Frederick County Public Safety Building, from 3-7PM.  The street address is 1080 Coverstone Drive, Winchester VA 26022.

This is a good opportunity to learn more about this important program intended to limit spread of this serious pest.

Doug

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Quarantine established for spotted lanternfly

Hello, everyone,
Late this afternoon, VDACS announced the establishment of a quarantine for spotted lanternfly, the invasive pest insect that was found in Winchester in January 2018.  Despite an eradication effort in 2018, SLF increased its distribution from about 1 square mile to 16 square miles.  This year, the overwintering eggs began their hatch on April 27, earlier than last spring.  They are now in the second instar, or second nymphal stage.  The photos show nymphs feeding on poison ivy at about this time last year, and a collection of all four nymphal instars (second instar is second from the left).


The press release on the SLF quarantine linked here.  A direct link to the quarantine document is linked here as well.  Some of the key provision of the quarantine are:
1) Regulated articles (plants, outdoor industrial materials, shipping containers, outdoor household articles, and others) may be moved from the quarantine area if they have been inspected, and are accompanied by a permit;
2) Regulated articles may be moved within the quarantine area following an inspection; a certificate is not required.
3) From April 1-Dec 31, regulated articles may be moved through the regulated are without stopping, or stopping only for fuel or traffic conditions.
4) To obtain a permit to move regulated articles, a person doing business must complete a VDACS-approved training (see below) and agree to train employees on identification of SLF.

The training needed to obtain a SLF permit is available online.  There is a $6.00 fee.

I'll be posting more on this later.
Doug

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hello, everyone,

The 2019 editions of our fruit and hops chemical control recommendations (Pest Management Guide series) are available, as well as the Spray Bulletin for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers.  These will be available for purchase soon, but PDF versions may be downloaded for free.  Here are the links:


Let me know if you have any questions.
Doug

2020 Orchard Fruit Schools

Hello, everyone, Last week we held our annual series of orchard fruit schools - Monday in Fancy Gap (Patrick-Carroll), Tuesday in Roanoke ...

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