Posts Tagged ‘Spotted Wing Drosophila’

Yarborough Talks to BDN about Bountiful Blueberry Harvest

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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

Monday, August 19th, 2013
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

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.

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

Monday, August 12th, 2013
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

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.

Drummond, Yarborough Talk to Media about Blueberry Growing, Harvest

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Frank Drummond, entomologist at the University of Maine, and David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with BangorMetro about growing blueberries in Maine. Drummond focused on increasing native pollinators and Yarborough spoke about the history of growing blueberries and Maine’s crop. Yarborough also spoke with the Bangor Daily News about this year’s crop for the article “Above-average blueberry harvest expected after heavy rains.” He talked about the large size of the blueberries, as well as growers’ concern of the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that damages berries.

Yarborough Talks to AP about Harmful New Fruit Fly

Monday, August 5th, 2013

David Yarborough, blueberry specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Associated Press about a new fruit fly posing a threat to the state’s blueberry crop. Yarborough said while growers are anxious about the flies, they’re doing what they can to monitor and control them. The Washington Post, Kennebec Journal and PhillyBurbs.com were among news organizations to carry the report.

Fruit Growers Alert 8/2/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Populations Remain Low

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

Spotted wing drosophila flies were captured in traps in Wells, Dresden, New Gloucester and Bowdoinham this week. Trap captures continue to be fairly low, with many locations not yet recording any flies.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 2, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Populations Remain Low,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Fruit Growers Alert 7/26/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Activity Spreading

Monday, July 29th, 2013
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) flies were captured in traps in Wells, Warren, Dresden, New Gloucester, Monmouth, Union and Lincolnville this week. These trap captures indicate that SWD has become active in more regions of the state.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 26, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Activity Spreading,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Fruit Growers Alert 7/19/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts are Rising

Friday, July 19th, 2013
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

Spotted wing drosophila flies were captured in traps in Warren (6 males, 3 females) and Wells (2 females) this week in a strawberry field and raspberry field, respectively. These trap captures indicate that this insect is becoming more active in Maine.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 19, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts are Rising,” where you can subscribe to updates.