Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spotted Wing Drosophila Management and Post-harvest Fruit Handling Workshop

Lincoln University Cooperative Extension is offering a workshop on April 25th on the Spotted-Winged Drosophila, an invasive insect that caused lots of damage for producers last year.  The location of the workshop will be at Lincoln University’s Carver Farm, 3804 Bald Hill Road in Jefferson City.

This FREE hands-on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workshop will primarily address Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), a new insect pest that invaded Missouri in 2013. SWD is primarily a pest of berry crops (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, etc.) and some stone fruits (cherry, nectarine and peach).
Post-harvest fruit handling practices with a focus on elderberry will also be covered.  Free SWD monitoring traps and bait will be provided for each participant.
8:30 - 9:00 am – Registration
9:00 - 9:15 am – Introductions / overview
9:15 - 9:35 am – SWD identification (hands-on)
9:35 - 10:00 am – SWD monitoring (hands on)
10:00 - 10:50 am – SWD management
10:50 - 11:00 am – break
11:00 am - 12: 00 pm – Elderberry post-harvest handling
12:00 pm – Adjourns
Due to the nature of the hands-on nature of this workshop, registration will be limited to the first 40 people that register. To register, please contact Jacob Wilson via e-mail at or phone at (573) 681-5591.

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