Calderwood speaks with Good Fruit Grower about dealing with spotted wing drosophila

Good Fruit Grower magazine interviewed Lily Calderwood, University of Maine Cooperative Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture, about dealing with the spotted wing drosophila (SWD) when growing blueberries. Calderwood says growers in Maine harvest blueberries earlier than in years’ past in response to SWD. The insect peaks in mid or late August, prompting blueberry producers who previously began harvesting the first week of August to start the last week of July, she said.