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Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 7/24/2014

Spotted wing drosophila captures continue to be low this week.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 24, 2014 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 7/17/2014

Spotted wing drosophila captures are becoming more widespread this week, although numbers are still quite low.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 17, 2014 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Yarborough Talks to AP about Maine’s Blueberry Crop

David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist and horticulture professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Associated Press about this year’s blueberry crop. Yarborough said Maine’s wild blueberry fields for the most part escaped widespread damage from a harmful new fruit fly during the summer harvest, resulting in what is expected to be an above-average crop. Boston Herald, The Bellingham Herald, Brattleboro Reformer, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and Boston.com were among several news organizations to carry the AP report.

Fruit Growers Alert 9/30/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts Remain at High Levels

We continue to capture spotted wing drosophila flies at all of our monitoring sites from southern, mid-state and coastal Maine.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the September 30, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts Remain at High Levels,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Fruit Growers Alert 8/30/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Continues to Spread

All sites that we are monitoring in southern and coastal Maine now have spotted wing drosophila flies and fly counts have increased at some sites this week.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 30, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Continues to Spread,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Yarborough Talks to BDN about Bountiful Blueberry Harvest

David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist and horticulture professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article “Blueberry harvest looking bountiful.” Yarborough said berry size and yields are “average or above” but warned about the increased presence of the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that attacks blueberries.

Yarborough, Drummond, McCarty Quoted in Press Herald Blog about Blueberry Harvest

The latest post on the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources” included quotes from three University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators about the state’s blueberry harvest. David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist, spoke about the efficiency of the Bragg Blueberry Harvester; Frank Drummond, an entomologist, spoke about the spotted wing drosophila and its negative effects on the crop; and Kate McCarty, food preservation community education assistant, shared a recipe for Honeyed Blueberry Vanilla Jam.

Drummond Quoted in TakePart Article on Climate Change Threatening Foods

Frank Drummond, entomologist at the University of Maine, was quoted in a TakePart article titled “Is climate change threatening Maine’s staple foods?” Drummond spoke about the spotted wing drosophila, a new fruit fly that is targeting the state’s blueberries. Drummond said the pests need to be monitored and managed, but harvesting berries earlier and using an experimental mesh trap could help keep the flies off the berries.

Fruit Growers Alert 8/16/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Spreading, Counts Increasing

Spotted wing drosophila flies were captured in traps in Bowdoinham, Cape Elizabeth, Dresden, Gray, Limington, Livermore Falls, Mechanic Falls, Monmouth, New Gloucester, Springvale, Wales, Warren and Wells.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 16, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Spreading, Counts Increasing,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Fruit Growers Alert 8/9/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Populations Jump in Coastal Site

Spotted wing drosophila flies were captured in traps in Wells, Cape Elizabeth, Limington, New Gloucester, Gray, Monmouth, Bowdoinham and Corinna this week.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 9, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Populations Jump in Coastal Site,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila


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Cooperative Extension: Agriculture
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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