Thursday, April 23, 2020

New Small Fruit News!

Hello, everyone,

The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (organized by a group of fruit specialists from land-grant universities in 8 southeastern states) has just redesigned its Small Fruit News, to be published online quarterly. There will be articles on small fruit horticulture, entomology and plant pathology.  Berry Growers can add their email addresses for updates.

More later,

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

First spotted lanternfly egg hatch for 2020 reported

Hello, everyone,

First hatch of SLF for Virginia was reported today, April 22.  A photo taken by Tom Carey is attached (thanks Mark Sutphin!).  As expected, this is earlier that we have seen.  This probably due to the mild winter we just experienced.

2018 May 9
2019 April 30
2020 April 22

Please be watchful, especially in northern Virginia, for young nymphs on assorted vines and shrubs - multiflora rose, sumac, poison ivy - and grapevines!  These will be black with white markings, and very active.

Please remember the resources we have online:

SLF page in Virginia Fruit

VCE SLF page

SLF Factsheet

SLF Pest Alert

SLF in Residential Areas

More later,

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Recorded presentation on periodical cicada

Hello, everyone,
It won't be long before Brood 9 of periodical cicada begins showing up in southwest Virginia, with Brood 10 to follow next year in northern Virginia.  I've created a 20-minute recorded presentation on these insects, with aspects on biology, injury to host plants, and control.  I hope it's helpful!

Resources to Help in SLF Quarantine Compliance and Management

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