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Spotted Wing Drosophila

By: Raymond A. Cloyd & Cherie Copeland

Spotted wing drosophila female (left) and male (right). Males have a black spot near the tip of the forewings, which is absent on females.


Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) is a fruit fly native to Japan and Southeast Asia. First discovered in the United States in 2008, it has spread throughout North America and was detected in Kansas in 2013. This insect pest attacks a wide range of berry crops including blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, strawberries, and grapes. Raspberries appear to be more susceptible than blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. The pest may not bother June-bearing strawberries. Wild berry crops, mulberries, and elderberries are also affected. In addition to berries, this pest attacks tree fruits such as apples, cherries, figs, nectarines, peaches, persimmons, and plums. Adult populations increase in mid-to-late summer and remain high through early fall as berries and fruits ripen. Late-season crops are particularly vulnerable.


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Marengo now labeled for use on greenhouse floors!

OHP Inc. announced that Marengo liquid pre-emergent herbicide is now labeled for use on greenhouse floors. The new use pattern allows growers to apply under benches, on ground cloth, on gravel areas and on dirt floors in greenhouse structures. Launched in 2013, Marengo has become widely used due to its plant safety, efficacy, and long-term residual control of both broadleaf and grassy weeds.

Marengo contains the active ingredient indaziflam, the first from a new Mode of Action (MOA) Group 29. Greenhouses should be clean and empty of any desirable plants before the application is made.

Marengo may also be applied in hoophouses and shadehouses, in field growing situations, on ornamental production sites such as mum fields, and on hardscape areas of nurseries and greenhouse operations.

State registrations for the new use pattern are pending.

Plug Growers’ Tips, Tricks & Tools

Dr. Roger C. Styer
Taken from Volume 77, Number 5 edition of Grower Talks



Having worked with plug growers around the world for almost 30 years, you would think that there’s nothing new to learn. However, I’m constantly amazed at how plug growers can either get things right time after time or continually struggle with certain problems. There’s always something new to learn, a different way to achieve the same endpoint or a new problem to solve. That’s what keeps me interested and in business as a horticultural consultant. So here are some key areas where I see a number of plug growers struggling and how to overcome those problems that I’ve learned from many good plug growers and researchers.

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USDA Provides $8 Million to Help Boost Declining Honey Bee Population


WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations. More than half of the commercially managed honey bees are in these five states during the summer. Today's announcement comes in addition to $3 million USDA designated to the Midwest states to support bee populations earlier this year through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

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Plant of the Month

Sedum Lime Zinger


Welcome a new addition to the Sunsparkler series of sedum. This drought-resistant, quick-spreading, colorful sedum is known as “Lime Zinger”! The bright lime green foliage is small, rounded and up-right with a border of cherry-red. Growing to just 6 inches high with a spread of 18 inches, this perennial will become covered in pink blooms during the late summer into early fall. This plant is full of perks considering it is drought resistant, deer resistant, cold hardy and attracts butterflies, who wouldn’t want to add this plant to their garden beds, use as a groundcover or even accent containers. For best results and maximum flower display plant in zones 4-9 with well drained, gritty soil and preferably partial shade to full sun. This bright, thumbnail sized foliage sedum can be found in Hummert’s plants and cuttings catalog 86MJ58. Call or stop in for more information.




Sedum "Lime Zinger" – 86MJ58 (page 62)


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2014 Plants & Cuttings Catalog