Strawberry School Webinar Series:
The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium, in which Virginia
Tech is a member, has organized the Southeastern
Strawberry School Webinar Series
. These webinars
will take place throughout 2021. This series is hosted by the
University of Arkansas in collaboration with university
specialists from across the southeastern region. This webinar
series is sponsored by the Southern Region Small Fruit
Consortium and is open *free
* to county
agents, and growers. Follow
this link for more details
, and information on how to
A two-day, on-line berry school
was scheduled for Feb 18-19 but has been rescheduled for
March 4-5 because of weather. The flier
is linked here with more information. Follow this link
to register for the 2021 Virginia Berry School, https://www.ext.vsu.edu/events/2021/02/18/berry-school
This two day event will provide
information about the production potential, and health
benefits of berry crops, including blueberry and blackberry.
Please share this information with interested individuals.
lanternfly a new invasive concern:
Update on range expansion
lanternfly egg first
hatch for 2021 was
reported on 28 April.
new invasive pest of small fruit crops and
vineyards moved into eastern Pennsylvania in
2014, and has been spreading. The
Pennsylvania quarantine zone for 2020 added
12 new counties, bringing the total to 24
counties in that state. This
infestation now reaches the Ohio
border. In 2017, the
range increased from 6 to 13 Pennsylvania
counties, and also into Delaware, New York and
northern Virginia. Specimens of dead
adults and egg
masses were found in Winchester in January
2018 (actually 2017 individuals). In 2020,
the Winchester infestation became more intense,
and spread to Gore in the western part of
Frederick County, and into central Clarke County
in November. This included the first
collection at a commercial vineyard. There
is a reproducing population in Augusta County,
with individual insects found in Warren and Page
counties. The quarantine has been expanded
to include Frederick, Clarke and Warren
counties. Spotted lantern fly is now established
in New Jersey and Maryland, and has been
reported from two counties in West
Virginia. This pest poses an important
risk for grape, orchard and tree crops. Click here for a
talk on this species. A fact sheet
is available from Virginia Tech (a
USDA fact sheet is available in Spanish).
addition, there is a Virginia Tech Pest Alert,
with additional information on recognition and
reporting (this is also available in Spanish).
Specific fact sheets
areas have been posted. Now
that spotted lanternfly has been found in
will be important to follow its spread through
the state. For
a current Virginia map, click here.
a suspected find, please follow this link:
establishes quarantine for
Late Tuesday afternoon (5/28), Virginia
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)
announced the establishment of a quarantine for spotted
lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest insect that was found
in Winchester in January 2018 (ext.vt.edu/spotted-lanternfly). This insect threatens to be a major
pest of fruit crops, forest trees, and other plants in
Virginia. Despite an eradication effort in 2018, SLF
increased its distribution from about 1 square mile to 16
square miles. This year, the overwintering eggs
began their hatch on April 27, earlier than last spring.
The press release on the SLF
here. A direct link to the quarantine
document is linked
here as well. The regulated area includes the
City of Winchester and Frederick County. Some of the
key provisions of the quarantine are:
1) Regulated articles (plants, outdoor
industrial materials, shipping containers, outdoor
household articles, and others) may be moved from the
quarantine area if they have been inspected, and are
accompanied by a permit;
2) Regulated articles may be moved
within the quarantine area following an inspection; a
certificate is not required.
3) From April 1-Dec 31, regulated
articles may be moved through the regulated are without
stopping, or stopping only for fuel or traffic
4) To obtain a permit to move
regulated articles, a person doing business must
complete a VDACS-approved training (see below) and agree
to train employees on identification of SLF.
The training needed to obtain a SLF
permit is available
online. There is a $6.00 fee.
For questions on the quarantine and related issues:
For questions about the quarantine or movement of material
or trucks, or the compliance agreement, call VDACS.
Call the Richmond number (804-786-5525) even if its a
question about the Winchester area.
For questions about the training for the SLF Detection
Credentials, go to: ext.vt.edu/spotted-lanternfly. Look for a
purple button the right side of the page to start the
For suspected finds of SLF, go to
either the detection portal:
For questions about the training
modules, contact Eric Day or Tree Dellinger, 540-231-4899
I'll be posting more on this later.
Revisions to Fruit Pest Management recommendations:
The revised Pest Management Guide
for Home Fruit, Commercial Vineyards, Commercial Small
Fruits, and Hops, are now available. The tree fruit
manual, separate from the Pest Management Guide series, is
in production, and we hope to have it ready for our fruit
The guides are available free online
in PDF, and will also be available for purchase.
- 2021 Pest Management Guides (click on Preview, and Download Version)
Fruit Insect Blog for current
information of fruit insects!
Spotted wing drosophila:
A new invasive pest of small fruit crops and vineyards moved
through Virginia in late summer 2011. Spotted wing
, differs from other species of vinegar or
pomace flies in that it lays eggs in ripening fruit on the
vine or plant, rather than in overripe or rotting fruit
material. This has the potential to be a major problem
for growers of soft-fruited crops. More information is
posted in a SWD
in the Virginia Fruit web site.
Hear an Adobe
on spotted wing drosophila in
vineyard and berry crops.
Brown marmorated stink bug and Virginia fruit:
StopBMSB.org web site! A new
addition to the stink
bug complex is brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål). Brown
marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has recently been introduced
from Asia into the northeastern U.S. It was first
detected in 1998 in Allentown, Pennsylvania (see NAPIS map;
this map underrepresents the situation in Virginia). It was later found in New
Jersey, Maryland and Delaware, and in October 2004 it was
found in Montgomery County, Virginia, and in Tennessee in
2008. Injury in tree
fruits can be severe, exceeding 25% (individual blocks have
been estimated to have much higher levels of fruit
injury). Externally, fruit may have multiple reddish
dents at feeding sites, resembling hail strikes. Upon
cutting into fruit, corky areas are seen in the flesh of the
fruit. In vineyards, a
unique problem is posed. Stink bugs may be harvested
along with clusters and be transported to the winery in lugs
or bins, where the wine can be imparted with a "stink bug
taint". Research is underway to test short-residual
insecticides to knock down BMSB from clusters at harvest. For further information
and images, see the Brown marmorated stink bug page. A working group on organic management of
BMSB has been established, with their own web site.
There is opportunity to participate in grower forums.
Listen to Adobe
Presenter presentation on BMSB in vineyards and
caneberries (14 min.).
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