2017 Spotted Wing Drosophila Summit held Nov. 28

Participants are invited to join the Spotted Wing Drosophila Summit in-person in Traverse City or online using Zoom.

The 2017 Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Summit will be Nov. 28 at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center in Traverse City, Michigan from 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.. Thanks to funding from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) grant program, registration is free-of-charge and includes lunch.

Doors will open at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments for in-person attendees. While we encourage in-person attendance to this meeting, the presentations will also be accessible remotely using Zoom technology.

To join the summit via Zoom, just click on https://msu.zoom.us/j/767683463 or copy-paste the link into your web browser shortly prior to 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 28. The virtual Zoom meeting will go live at 9:45 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. Participants that join in-person will be able to receive credits toward their applicator recertification.

This year’s summit will provide a series of educational lightning talks by Michigan State University researchers spanning the latest result of MSU’s SWD research. Following lunch catered by Ethnic Garden Catering, MSU Extension educators, consultants, growers and processor panelists will share the impacts of SWD on these different sectors of the industry and pose the critical challenges that will set the foundation of future research and Extension goals.

If you are planning to attend this meeting in-person, please contact the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center at 231-946-1510 to register free-of-charge.

The Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center is located at 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684.

2017 Spotted Wing Drosophila Summit full agenda



9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Refreshments
Phil Korson, President, Cherry Marketing Institute

9:55–10:15 a.m.

Setting the Stage: SWD Task Force Accomplishments
Julianna Wilson, Department of Entomology, MSU

10:15–10:30 a.m.

Optimizing Traps for SWD Monitoring
Larry Gut, Department of Entomology, MSU

10:30–10:45 a.m.

Monitoring Insecticide Resistance
Phil Fanning, Department of Entomology, MSU

10:45–11 a.m.

Insecticide Rainfastness, Persistence and Performance Attributes
John Wise, Department of Entomology, MSU

11–11:15 a.m.

SWD Management: Implications of 2017 Efficacy Results and Orchard Modification Study
Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension and AgBioResearch

11:15–11:30 a.m.

SWD Wintermorphs: Their Arrival, Survival, and Reproduction
Heather Leach, Department of Entomology, MSU

11:30–11:45 a.m.

Evolving On-Farm SWD Management Programs
Emily Pochubay and Dave Jones, MSU Extension

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch catered by Ethnic Garden Catering

12:30–1:10 p.m.

Spreading the SWD Message: Education and Management Recommendations
Bob Tritten, MSU Extension, Southeast Michigan
Mark Longstroth, MSU Extension, Southwest Michigan
Amy Irish-Brown, MSU Extension, West Michigan
Dave Jones, MSU Extension, West Central Michigan
Emily Pochubay, MSU Extension, Northwest Michigan

1:10–1:50 p.m.

Consulting with Growers on SWD Management
Jim Laubach, HortSystems, Northwest Michigan
Al Clarke, Wilbur-Ellis Company, West-Central Michigan
Matt Disterheft, Crop Production Services, Southwest Michigan
Jason Jablon, CHS, Northwest Michigan

1:50–2:30 p.m.

Grower Experiences: Managing SWD in The Field
Pete Nyblad, Nyblad Orchards, West Michigan
Mike VanAgtmael, VanAgtmael Orchards, West-Central Michigan
Francis Otto, Cherry Bay Orchards, Northwest Michigan
Mark Evans, Evans Brothers Fruit Co, Northwest Michigan
Bob White, Vermeersch Farms, Northwest Michigan

2:30–3:10 p.m.

Processor and Packer Perspectives: Past, Present, and Future SWD Challenges
John King, Kings Orchards   
Mark Miezio, Shoreline Fruit
Tiffany Wernstrom, Peterson Farms           
Tim Brian, Smeltzer Orchard Company

3:10 p.m.

Fill out pesticide applicator recertification credit sheets
(4 credits available)

3:15 p.m.

Meeting concludes

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