This project aims to develop management tactics for multiple orchard pests including control against the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). Since its introduction, BMSB has become a serious orchard pest that is difficult to control. As a consequence, management programs have changed with many growers dropping IPM-friendly tactics in lieu of intense insecticide applications. We will reintroduce IPM management tactics (mating disruption and ground cover management) and add in border sprays for BMSB as a systems-level approach termed IPM-CPR (Crop Perimeter Restructuring). IPM-CPR has shown to be succesful in NJ peach orchards and this project will expand the research to other important growing regions within the mid-Atlantic states as well as develop grower-friendly decision tools to determine successful management. In addition to managing the key orchard pests, we will look at the impact of IPM-CPR on beneficial insects, such as insect predators and pollinators. Project results will be shared with growers and extension personnel through field demonstrations, research talks, short YouTube videos and a project webpage. In addition, we will conduct a partial budget analysis to determine if there are cost savings in adoption of the IPM-CPR tactics.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/15 → 8/31/18|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))