Tags:The following announcement was received from the office of Jim Walgenbach, Professor & Extension Entomologist Fruit & Vegetable IPM, NC State University:
A group of entomologists in the eastern U.S. are in the planning stages of developing a project on organic management of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). The BMSB is an invasive pest from Asia that was first detected in the US in 1996 in Pennsylvania. It has since spread throughout the mid-Atlantic and caused extensive crop losses to many fruit and vegetable crops in VA, WV, MD, DE, PA, and NJ in 2010 and 2011. The organic community has been particularly challenged by this pest, because there are few if any ORMI approved pesticides effective against the insect, and native biological control agents are far less effective against BMSB compared to native stink bug species. It is almost a certainty that BMSB will become an increasingly important pest of agriculture in NC over the next few years. To gauge the extent of the problem to organic growers throughout the eastern US, NCSU’s Mountain Organic Research and Extension Unit is conducting a grower survey. Farmers’ participation in this survey is important to help us track changes in BMSB distribution and abundance over time. Essentially, results of this survey will represent baseline data for comparison in future years.
The on-line survey is completely anonymous and will take no more than 5 minutes. It can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDhhTVlrS0NsREdwMDcwdDBwbUpCM0E6M
For more information on the BMSB in NC, visit the following website:http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/apple/entomology/BMSB/index.html