Washington State University Extension announced in a news release the Codling Moth Summit on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. This free virtual event will include recorded talks providing a long-term look at codling moth biology, control and treatment, plus time for Q&A.

Topics include: 

—The Foundation: Knowing the fundamentals of codling moth biology, pheromone traps and models is critical for implementing control tactics. The science must be understood to implement the practices and adjust controls. Sessions include discussions of biology and ecology, predictive models, monitoring and identification, and socioeconomic and orchard management. 

—Control Tactics: Successful integrated pest management programs integrate four pillars of control tactics and are flexible enough to adjust for seasonal changes in pest and beneficial insect populations. The most stable IPM programs utilize as many pillars of control as possible. IPM programs that don’t follow this strategy lead to programs that become inherently variable in performance. Sessions include discussions on mating disruption, sterile insect release, cultural and chemical control, resistance management and spray programs. 

—The Apex/IPM Roof: Codling moth control must be perpetual to avoid crop loss and outbreaks. Areawide management with all IPM tactics is critical with this highly mobile, multigenerational pest.

Registration is open through Feb. 22. 

For more event details and to register, go to: eventbrite.com/e/codling-moth-summit-tickets-231248238707.

For registration questions, contact WSU Extension by email at: prosserext@co.benton.wa.us or by phone at: 509-786-5609 or 509-788-5459. 

The Codling Moth Summit is presented in partnership with Oregon State University, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, Northwest Horticultural Council and Wilbur-Ellis. 

—by Jonelle Mejica