In this Issue:



2008 Minnesota Grown Directory Now Available

2008 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers


Mite Pests in Strawberries


Apple and Strawberry Insect Pests to Be Monitored In 2008 by the MDA

Weekly Trap Counts

Apple Scab Infections

WI Eco-Apple IPM and Organic Conference Calls

Order: 2008 Minnesota Vegetable Guide

Insect, Pest Profiles

Vol 5 No. 1   May 9, 2008

Welcome To the 10th Anniversary Edition!

Bill Hutchison, Dept. of Entomology, University of MN Extension, St. Paul , MN & Jean Ciborowski, Ag. Development & Financial Assistance Div., MN Dept. of Agriculture, St. Paul, MN

We are pleased to announce that we are beginning our 10th year of publishing the Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable IPM News.  We are fortunate to have received continued funding for the support and publication of the newsletter through 2008, via partnership agreements with the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the United States Department of Agriculture’s – Risk Management Agency.  As in previous years, we plan to maintain the newsletter as a collaborative effort between University of Minnesota Extension, the Department of Entomology-University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 

Our primary goal is to alert growers and processors of pest outbreaks and timely management recommendations that also reduce environmental and economic risks to growers.  When pertinent, we also provide newsworthy articles related to specialty crops, emerging pests, invasive species, 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 and corn earworm moth flight networks, are provided by many excellent volunteers, including field staff of several sweet corn processing companies.  This is a true private-public sector partnership that continues to work for all growers.  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 greatly 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 twelve times from May through August with a wrap-up edition in late September.  The News will be posted on the U of MN VegEdge WWW site in html format at: and the MDA web site in PDF format at: on Friday afternoons during the season.

Contributions and field observations from growers are welcome as are suggestions and comments.  Send your contributions by 4 p.m., Wednesdays to Jean via email

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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Co-Editors: Bill Hutchison (, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, Jeanne Ciborowski, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Ag. Resources Management and Development Division, and Suzanne Wold-Burkness (, 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 Jeanne Ciborowski, 651-201-6217, , MDA, 625 Robert St. North, St. Paul, MN  55155.  You can access the Newsletter at the U of MN web site in htm format at: and at the MDA web site in pdf format at:

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.


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