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Identifying Vine Mealybug in California Vineyards

Posted by Suterra on Jul 9, 2021 4:24:43 PM

Vine mealybug can cause permanent damage to vineyards if left unchecked, yet can be easily confused with several similar pests. Learn about mealybugs and how to distinguish vine mealybugs from other species in this article. 

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Topics: Vine Mealybug, Grapes, MDX

Citrus Growers See First Flight of California Red Scale

Posted by Suterra on Mar 29, 2021 3:31:16 PM

You may have observed small numbers of California Red Scale males in pheromone traps ahead of the first flight ( defined as two consecutive weeks of increasing capture after February 1st).

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Topics: California, IPM, Citrus, California Red Scale, MDX, Mating Disruption

Using Degree-Days to Track Codling Moth

Posted by Suterra on Mar 26, 2021 1:52:08 PM

Degree-days are an incredibly helpful tool for monitoring pests and subsequently timing sprays and other pest management techniques. Learn more about how degree-days can help you from Sara Goldman, Suterra Technical Support Manager.

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Topics: Monitoring, Codling Moth, Walnuts, Apples, MDX

Monitor for Oriental Fruit Moth with Suterra's Traps and Lures

Posted by Suterra on Feb 15, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Oriental fruit moth is a common and potentially damaging pest in peach orchards. Monitoring for this insect on your farm is a critical component of your integrated pest management program and will also help ensure that your program meets regulatory criteria for export markets. 

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Topics: California, Monitoring, Oriental Fruit Moth, Peaches, MDX, BioLure

Monitoring for Codling Moth in Walnut Orchards

Posted by Suterra on Feb 12, 2021 6:00:00 AM

     As March approaches, traps to monitor the first codling moth flight will soon be placed in walnut orchards. Below are some reminders of best practices for monitoring and managing this pest.

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Topics: California, Monitoring, Crop Evaluation, Codling Moth, Walnuts, MDX, BioLure

Best Practices on Codling Moth Monitoring in Apple Orchards

Posted by Suterra on Feb 11, 2021 4:47:04 PM

    Codling moth traps will soon be hung in apple orchards in the Pacific Northwest. Now is a great time to refresh your knowledge on how to look out for this pest.

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Topics: Monitoring, Crop Evaluation, Codling Moth, Apples, MDX, Pacific Northwest, BioLure

Best Practices for Monitoring California Red Scale

Posted by Suterra on Jan 29, 2021 5:30:00 AM

With spring approaching, the citrus industry in California will soon begin monitoring for California Red Scale. Now is a great time to review best practices for monitoring the pest.

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Topics: California, Dispenser, Monitoring, Citrus, Septa Lure, Crop Evaluation, California Red Scale, MDX

California Red Scale 4th Flight Update

Posted by Suterra on Sep 24, 2020 2:43:33 PM

In the Central Valley of California, depending on location, the fourth flight of California Red Scale Aonidiella aurantii in citrus would have started between the 20th and 30th of August based on degree-day accumulation.

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Topics: California, Dispenser, Monitoring, IPM, Citrus, Septa Lure, California Red Scale, MDX, Mating Disruption

Vine Mealybug Season Tips

Posted by Suterra on Apr 17, 2020 12:24:33 PM

Growers typically deploy pheromone mating disruption for Planococcus ficus (Vine Mealybug, VMB ) in the spring. Depending on local practices and availability of labor, deployment can be done before the first flight (April), or just before the second flight (late May). Grower experience shows both strategies can be effective.

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Topics: California, Vine Mealybug, Flowable, Dispenser, Grapes, MDX, Mating Disruption

Trapping and Monitoring for Vine Mealybug in California Wine Grapes

Posted by Suterra on Apr 8, 2020 1:59:28 PM

The Vine Mealybug (VMB) is a serious insect pest of grapes grown in California. There are only a few chemical management options available, and the more that these are used, the higher the likelihood is of insecticide resistance developing. Proper monitoring is a necessary step in assuring premium wine grape growers that their vines are clean and their management plans are effective.

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Topics: California, Vine Mealybug, Grapes, Septa Lure, MDX, Mating Disruption