The appearance in Canada in 2009 of the Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, has meant lost revenues for fruit growers and challenges for the crop specialists they rely on. Research activities underway provincially, at universities and within Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are helping to shed light on the behavior and biology of this pest in affected regions, and management approaches that may provide the solutions needed by growers.
A series of webinar sessions is being held over the course of the next few months in an effort to share information about the regional situation and progress made so far, and to provide a forum for discussion about gaps in knowledge and management, and next steps toward robust, sustainable solutions for management of this pest.
The next, second session in the series will take place on, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The focus will be on the situation in tree fruit and grapes, in British Columbia and Ontario with respect to SWD, and will include research and monitoring updates from these areas. Subsequent sessions will take place in February and March, 2017.
The webinar session will be delivered through WEBEX. You MUST register to join.
Please follow the steps below to register:
- Go to https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/mc
- Paste the meeting number “553 798 511” into the meeting number box
- Click on the green “Join” box, you will be redirected to a new page
- Click on the grey “Register” box, and fill in your registration information.
This webinar series is being provided by the national Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group (SWD-TWG), a group established in 2012 as the result of a partnership between the Canadian Horticultural Council and AAFC’s Pest Management Centre.
For more information, please contact Leslie Farmer, Manager, Pesticide Risk Reduction Program, Pest Management Centre, by email or at 613-694-2438.
The majority of U.S. specialty crop growers depend on bees for pollination of their crops. Growers know that without adequate pollination, they would not be profitable. But what are the best pollination strategies for fruit, vegetable, and nut crops? What farm management practices can growers use to support bees and the crop pollination they provide? Experts in crop pollination working under the Integrated Crop Pollination Project will present on these topics and will report on their recent research in this project as part of a webinar series titled: Ensuring crop pollination in US specialty crops. The webinar series will examine the role of wild bees, honey bees and other managed bees in supporting crop pollination and yield in almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin, and watermelon.
These webinars will all be 45-60 minutes long, with time for questions and discussion with the presenter afterwards. Registered attendees will receive a link to the slides and a recording afterwards.
To register, click on the link for each webinar that you are interested in attending:
- January 24, 2017, 2pm EST: Ensuring almond pollination (Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS and Utah State University)
- January 31, 2017, 2pm EST: Pollinating highbush blueberries: bees bring bigger berries (Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University)
- February 14, 2017, 2pm EST: Pollinating apples and cherries east of the Rockies (Julianna Wilson, Michigan State University)
- February 28, 2017 2pm EST: On-farm pollinator benefits for watermelon pollination (Neal Williams, University of California, Davis)
- March 21, 2017, 2pm EST: Ensuring pumpkin pollination (Shelby Fleischer, Pennsylvania State University)
- March 28, 2017, 2pm EST: How to manage solitary orchard bees for crop pollination (Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS and Utah State University
The webinar series will be hosted by eXtension.org, an on-line co-operative extension network, and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. To learn more about the webinar series, visit the Bee Health eXtension.org website or email the program. Funding for the webinar series is provided by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, a USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant.
The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has new information available online. Three Pesticide Risk Reduction Strategies from the Risk Reduction Program have been updated:
• Foliar insect pests of prairie field crops
• Integrated weed management in field vegetables
• Downy mildew in cucumber
New information is also available about ongoing projects on the PMC website. For more information, visit the Pesticide Risk Reduction Approved Projects section on the PMC’s site.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR’s) 2017/2018 Pest Management Alliance Grant Solicitation is now available. A total of $400,000 is available for projects that focus on adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices in agricultural settings near schools. DPR will consider projects for terms of up to 33 months.
If you are interested in this funding opportunity, please view the 2017/2018 Solicitation on DPR’s site here. If you know other groups or individuals that may be interested in applying for a Pest Management Alliance Grant, we encourage you to pass on this information.
Project concepts must be submitted using the FAAST online grant application system by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 3, 2017.
DPR will hold two informational events: a teleconference to answer questions about the grant program and the application process and a webinar to explain the technical aspects of using the FAAST online application submission tool. Participation in the webinar and teleconference is voluntary. The teleconference call is on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. DPR will hold a teleconference to answer questions about the grant program and the application procedures. The conference call-in number is 1-877-820-7831 and the participant passcode is 357242. The webinar is on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 10:00 AM. DPR will hold a webinar to explain the application submission process using the State Water Resources Control Board’s FAAST online grant application system. Prospective applicants will also be able to ask questions about using the FAAST system.
To access the webinar, please visit this link. A passcode is not required. For those who lack Web access but would like to participate, a teleconference line is available. To join the teleconference only call-in by toll-free number: 1-877-820-7831 (US) Attendee access code: 845211.
For additional information on the Pest Management Alliance Grant Program, please visit this CA DPR page.