In this Issue:

Welcome!

GUEST ARTICLE

Pesticide Misuse and Drift Considerations for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

VEGETABLE NEWS

Vegetable Insect Pest Update

Watch for Black Cutworms in Sweet Corn

STRAWBERRY NEWS

Strawberry Insect Pests to be Monitored in 2006 by the MDA

MDA's Strawberry Weekly Pest Sampling Data

Strawberry Update

Berry IPM Field Day May 24 at Afton Apple Orchard

APPLE NEWS

An Overview to Apple Pest Status in Minnesota

Apple Insect Pests to be Monitored in 2006 by the MDA

Apple: Weekly Trap Counts: May 1 May 10, 2006

Apple Scab Infections

2006 Minnesota Grown Directory Now Available


Insect, Pest Fact Sheets

Vol 3 No.1   May 12, 2006

Welcome!

Bill Hutchison, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minn. Extension Service, St. Paul , Jean Ciborowski, Ag. Resources Management and Development Div., MN Dept. of Agriculture, St. Paul , MN , and Suzanne Wold-Burkness, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minn. , St. Paul , MN

Welcome to the first issue of the 2006 Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable IPM News
For 2006, we are fortunate to have received funding for the continued support and publication of the newsletter through partnership agreements with the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (RMA). As in previous years, we plan to maintain the newsletter as a partnership between the University of Minnesota Extension Service (U of MN) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

Our primary goal is to alert growers and processors of pest outbreaks, and timely management recommendations. When relevant, we also provide newsworthy topics related to biotechnology and specialty crops, nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables, impacts of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), produce marketing, and articles of broad interest concerning the benefits of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Sustainable Agricultural practices.

Much of the pest monitoring data, including the European corn borer moth catch network, is provided by many excellent volunteers. Thanks in advance for your help again this year! The MDA would also like to thank the apple and strawberry cooperators who have agreed to participate in the program. Their willingness to cooperate is very much appreciated! MDA and University field staff also collect data at several locations to stay abreast of developing pest infestations.

The Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable IPM News is published weekly, or as frequently as possible, from May through August. The News will be posted on the U of MN VegEdge WWW site in html format at www.vegedge.umn.edu/MNFruit&VegNews/mnindex.htm and the MDA web site in PDF format at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/ipm/ipmnews/ on Friday afternoons during the season.

If you have suggestions and/or comments, please let us know. Contributions and field observations from growers are also welcome. Send your contributions by 4 p.m., Wednesdays to Jean via email jeanne.ciborowski@state.mn.us

We wish you the best for a productive and profitable growing season and hope you find this publication useful to your enterprise!

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Co-Editors: Bill Hutchison (hutch002@umn.edu), Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, Jeanne Ciborowski, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Ag. Resources Management and Development Division, and Suzanne Wold-Burkness (woldx018@umn.edu), Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

The Newsletter is published weekly from May through August, cooperatively, by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the University of Minnesota (U of MN). Reports are posted on the U of MN and MDA web sites on Fridays. If you have suggestions and/or comments, please send your contributions by 4 p.m., Wednesday to Jean Ciborowski, 651-201-6217, jeanne.ciborowski@state.mn.us , MDA, 625 Robert St. North, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538. You can access the Newsletter at the U of MN web site in htm format at: www.vegedge.umn.edu/MNFruit&VegNews/mnindex.htm and at the MDA web site in pdf format at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/ipm/ipmnews/

Partial funding for this publication is provided through partnership agreements with the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (MFVGA) and the United States Department of Agriculture – Risk Management Agency (RMA). These institutions are equal opportunity providers.

DISCLAIMER

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