Managing Internal Lepidopteron Worms in Tree Fruit Crops
Codling moth (CM) and oriental fruit moth (OFM), have increasingly challenged apple IPM programs since 2000. In 2005, worms were detected in 100 truckloads of apples from 60 farms. There is a USDA standard of zero tolerance for worms in processing fruit diverting it to juice, a 50% loss in value. Accurate timing of appropriate control options is necessary to achieve 99% worm control in an IPM system, which requires the use of monitoring technology including pheromone traps and degree-day models. This project will increase adoption of this technology by growers and consultants, minimizing pesticide inputs and economic losses of rejected fruit loads.
New York State IPM Program
Agricultural IPM; Apples; Communicaton; Weather Forecasting; Tree Fruit; Fruits