Project Description

Pest Management

Featured stories about pest management appear in this issue.

Quick Bites

  • March 1st, 2009

WSDA would reimburse organic growers The Washington State Department of Agriculture is offering reimbursement for some of the costs of organic certification. [...]

  • Rodent bait station

Rodent bait station

  • March 1st, 2009

Example of the do-it-yourself bait station. Growers can easily build their own nontoxic bait station for rodents, patterned after a [...]

Buena Salud

  • March 1st, 2009

El programa de monitoreo de la colinesteraza fue dictado por la Corte Suprema del Estado de Washington en 2002, como un sistema para advertir [...]

Good Health

  • March 1st, 2009

The cholinesterase-monitoring program was mandated by the Washington State Supreme Court in 2002 as a system to warn handlers and employers about pesticide exposure [...]

  • Trapping unwanted birds

Trapping unwanted birds

  • March 1st, 2009

Mike Omeg shows the sparrow repeater trap to growers during a workshop last fall at Omeg Orchards. While several devices [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • March 1st, 2009

Left: The AVSealer with true temperature control; Right top: Spectrum Technologies’s WaterScout sensor; Bottom: Control weeds without harming the cover crop with [...]

  • Scouting pays

Scouting pays

  • March 1st, 2009

Pest monitoring is an additional expense but one that pays dividends, orchard pest consultants said during a panel discussion [...]

  • Bringing back bluebirds

Bringing back bluebirds

  • March 1st, 2009

The western bluebird is an insectivore, with more than two-thirds of its diet coming from insects. A cherry grower in [...]

  • Good Point – Jay F. Brunner

Good Point – Jay F. Brunner

  • March 1st, 2009

High-density fruiting walls will facilitate better spray coverage. The future of integrated pest management will be determined by new knowledge [...]

  • How to build a bat house

How to build a bat house

  • March 1st, 2009

This bat house that Mike Omeg bought from BCI will hold 300 to 400 bats. The cost of premade houses varies from [...]

  • Too hot to handle

Too hot to handle

  • March 1st, 2009

Cutworms come out at night to feed on grape buds. Pyrethroid barrier trunk sprays have proven effective against cutworms [...]

  • Pear IPM tools

Pear IPM tools

  • March 1st, 2009

Time pear psylla sprays for the nymph (middle of photo) and early ­in-star stages. Pear growers have many tactics to [...]

  • Rodent-eating machines

Rodent-eating machines

  • March 1st, 2009

A barn owl brings a gopher to the nearly grown owlets. Barn owls, described by some as "nothing but a [...]

  • Clearwing moth spreading

Clearwing moth spreading

  • March 1st, 2009

Left: Adult apple clearwing. Right: Larvae burrow under tree bark for almost two years, feeding on the cambium layer, before pupating. Young [...]

Monitor your pests

  • March 1st, 2009

A good pest-monitoring program can help growers keep the cost of pest control down while also minimizing the impact of pests on the fruit [...]

  • Learning new tactics

Learning new tactics

  • March 1st, 2009

Dr. Jay Brunner, Washington State University entomologist, right, explains the IPM strategies for control of codling moth and leafroller that are described [...]

  • Staying free of apple maggot

Staying free of apple maggot

  • March 1st, 2009

These dimpled apples show telltale signs of apple maggot eggs deposited under the fruit skin. British Columbia, Canada’s southern interior [...]

  • Putting bats to work

Putting bats to work

  • March 1st, 2009

Bats eat a variety of night-flying insects, including codling moth. Tree fruit production is a new [...]

  • Rain, rain, go away

Rain, rain, go away

  • March 1st, 2009

Michigan State University’s John Wise uses a rain chamber to measure the rainfastness of insecticides sprayed on apple trees in the field, [...]

  • Making it pay

Making it pay

  • March 1st, 2009

Growers attending a beneficial bird workshop at Omeg Orchards, The Dalles, Oregon, examine a barn owl box. Note the box’s sun shield [...]

  • Good to Know

Good to Know

  • March 1st, 2009

A prototype of the clear delta codling moth trap developed in 2008 by USDA’s Dr. Alan Knight. A research report [...]

Good Job

  • March 1st, 2009

In an industry that espouses change, Canadian Don Claridge is somewhat of a maverick. The 57-year-old apple grower, who operates an eight-acre orchard [...]

Exports complicate pest control

  • March 1st, 2009

Pest management has become extremely complex—not just because of new products that work differently from the old pesticides, but also because of marketing and [...]