Coordinated by Heather Faubert (firstname.lastname@example.org), Research Assistant,
The iPiPE program is designed to alert growers, Cooperative Extension professionals, and consultants in the Northeast to small fruit insect and disease threats in a timely manner. Best management practices including cultural and chemical control options are provided for each pest. Student interns are trained in pest identification, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices and gathering reliable information to share with growers and other stakeholders.
Before 2011, most small fruit producers grew blueberries and raspberries with very few pesticides. Since 2011, all small fruit growing regions in the Northeast have been plagued by spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) which destroys crops and leads to numerous insecticide applications. Other invasive pests, such as winter moth and brown marmorated stink bugs have caused serious economic damage in some areas and continue to spread throughout the region. Providing timely pest outbreak locations and control strategies will benefit large and small growers and Cooperative Extension professionals and consultants that advice producers.
Spotted wing Drosophila, unheard of by most growers before 2011, is now the most important blueberry and raspberry pest. Other invasive insects new to small fruit producers include winter moth and brown marmorated stink bug. Other important insect and disease pests include tarnished plant bug, two spotted spider mites, mummyberry, anthracnose, and Botrytis.