Mobile-friendly guide for blueberry IPM scouting is now available

This important blueberry pest identification management tool can be downloaded for free to view on smart phones and tablets.

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A popular integrated pest management (IPM) tool for blueberries growers has been “A Pocket Guide to IPM Scouting in Highbush Blueberries (E2928).” This compact guide contains pictures and short descriptions of blueberry pests and disorders as well as other useful information for blueberry growers and consultants. With funding from Project GREEEN, the USDA-NIFA Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (2017-70006-27175) and the Michigan Blueberry Commission, the pocket guide is now available as a free, mobile-friendly PDF, allowing growers to download and view the guide right from their mobile device.

The mobile guide for blueberry IPM scouting covers many IPM issues and was developed as a pocket reference book for easy use in scouting blueberry fields. It provides information on the biology of common pest and beneficial insects, diseases, weather-related disorders and symptoms of pesticide damage and nutritional disorders.

The guide also discusses general directions for the timing of pest scouting and shows the main blueberry growth stages.

Tips for accessing the mobile-friendly guide

  • Download the guide at: https://bit.ly/blueberryIPMpdf 
  • Use your phone’s default app for viewing a PDF, or download a PDF viewer such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app (available at the App Store or Google Play).
  • Use the jump-down links in the Contents section to navigate to a specific section or page.
  • If using the clickable index (e.g., Diseases), click on your pest or pathogen of interest to navigate to that page.
  • Note that each pest or pathogen has a link back to the index (top of the page) or back to the table of contents (bottom of the page).
  • Use the search function to search the guide by keywords.

The blueberry IPM scouting guide was compiled and edited by members of the Michigan State University blueberry team collaborating with Bill Cline at North Carolina State University. The guide was originally funded in 2004 by MBG Marketing, Project GREEEN, Michigan State University and a USDA RAMP Blueberry Project.

The guide does not contain pest control or pesticide use information. That information can be found in the annually updated “Michigan Fruit Management Guide,” MSU Extension bulletin E154.

This work is supported in part by the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program 2017-70006-27175 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s).

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