2019 Systems approach to managing spotted wing Drosophila in berries

Berry growers are invited to a spotted wing Drosophila management workshop.

Spotted wing Drosophila fruit infestation in harvested berries.
Spotted wing Drosophila fruit infestation in harvested berries.

MSU Extension and Michigan Food and Farming Systems invite growers, field managers, pest consultants and everyone involved in insect pest management in blueberries, raspberries and strawberries to attend our first 2019 Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) IPM Workshop. The workshop will be offered on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022.

The workshop is based on using advanced IPM tools to manage the spotted wing Drosophila (SWD). These IPM tools translate directly to the bottom line; savings in pest control, fewer insecticide applications and minimal crops losses due to SWD.

The program will include a hands-on session dedicated to discussing a successful IPM program for SWD control using Enviroweather and MSU Extension resources provided during the classroom sessions. If you have a laptop computer or smartphone, please bring it with you for the hands-on session. At least one laptop will be available for those that may need one for the hands-on practice.




9:00 AM


Filiberto Villa

9:15 AM



9:15 to 10:00 AM

SWD Research update: Control methods, new insecticides, lures and monitoring update

Rufus Isaacs

10:00 to 11:00 AM

 SWD Biology & Behavior: implications for its management and control.

  1. Biologically-based approaches: cultural, physical, biological controls and SWD monitoring
  2. New chemical control tactics – new insecticide efficacy

Rufus Isaacs, Michael Reinke

11:00 to 11:10 AM

Coffee break


11:10 to 12:00

Use of Enviroweather for IPM for SWD - Lecture

Carlos Garcia

12:00 to 1:00 PM

Lunch provided


1:00 to 2:00 PM

Insecticides for SWD control: Use and Management under different weather conditions

Carlos Garcia

2:00 to 3:45 PM

Enviroweather Hands-on: Use of current and extended weather forecast to develop a successful IPM for SWD management

Hands-on: Developing a successful IPM program for SWD

Mark Longstroth, Michael Reinke, Carlos Garcia, Rufus Isaacs

3:45 to 4:00 PM

RUP Credits and Questions; Adjourn


Please be sure to pre-register for 2019 Systems approach to managing spotted wing Drosophila in berries. There is a $25 fee for this workshop that includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

There will be four RUP recertification credits for attending this training.

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