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Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, July 24, 2020

SWD counts continue to increase in Ontario

The regional monitoring program is being conducted in berry and stone fruit crops and grapes in Essex, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Norfolk, Halton, Oxford, Niagara, Durham and Northumberland counties.  This post provides average trap counts for all the monitored counties as of July 21, 2020.

The monitoring project is funded by Niagara Peninsula Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Ontario Grape and Wine Research and Ontario Tender Fruit Growers in collaboration with private consultants.

Traps counts have been consistent or increasing in all regions. Once sustained catch occurs (two weeks in a row with SWD) growers with ripening crops susceptible to SWD should consider using a product with activity against SWD in preharvest sprays. Check the SWD product registrations on ONFRUIT at SWD Registrations 2020 – ONfruit.

Graph of SWD counts in Essex, Kent, Niagara, Norfolk, Elgin, Halton, Oxford, Durham and Northumberland as of July 21, 2020.

Use these results in addition to your own monitoring program to determine when SWD is present on your farm.  Conduct a salt water test or a plastic baggie test to confirm presence of larvae in fruit.

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