Next Tuesday, the Steffan and Zalapa labs will be at the 2013 Cranberry School

From the Steffan lab, Annie, Liz, and Shawn will be discussing results of research projects from the 2012 field season. Juan Zalapa will be updating attendees on his genetics program. The WSCGA will be hosting their Winter Meeting and Cranberry School on January 22 and 23, 2013 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI.

Other research highlights from the University of Wisconsin and UW-Extension include presentations by Rebecca Harbut, Jed Colquhoun, Jack Perry, Lisa Wasko-De Vetter, Christelle Guedot, Eric Zeldin, and Patty McManus.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers’ Association’s Meeting Is in 10 Days

The WSCGA will be hosting their Winter Meeting and Cranberry School on January 22 and 23, 2013 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI. The Winter Meeting on January 22 features a trade-show with vendors offering products ranging from irrigation equipment to pollination services. The Cranberry School is an educational event with a series of presentations on a variety of production-related topics that spans both days.

The Pesticide Applicator Training will take place from 8:00 AM until 11:45 AM on Tuesday, January 22.

Davey Hyer and Jane Larson from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection with be talking about “Cranberry Farm Inspections: Strengths and Areas for Improvement.” Bill Outhouse and Walt Coussens will be discussing the use of food grade oils and grease for harvest equipment lubrication. Have truck maintenance issues? Well, Harry Newmann will be there to answer your questions. Many more subjects will be covered including safe working conditions, oil spill prevention and containment, animal damage, harvest technologies, irrigation water pH, and personal protective equipment.

Many researchers from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, University of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin-Extension will be presenting at this year’s Cranberry School:

–Spotted Wing Drosophila, Sparganothis Phenology, and a new look at the flooding data, Shawn Steffan, USDA-ARS

–Carrying-on some tasty bits of the UW Cranberry Breeding Program, Eric Zeldin, UW Horticulture

–Genetics Program Update, Juan Zalapa, USDA-ARS

–Sustainability Survey, Jed Colquhoun, UW Extension

–Irrigation and Soil Moisture Monitoring, Rebecca Harbut, UW Extension

–What’s New in the Pesticide Screening Program, Jack Perry, UW Pesticide Screening Program

–Reflecting on Bud Appearance and its Role in Yield Prediction, Lisa Wasko-DeVetter, UW Horticulture Grad Student

–Pheromone Mating Disruption, Annie Deutsch, UW Entomology Grad Student

–Meet Our New Entomologist, Christelle Guedot, UW Extension

–Disease Observations from 2012, Patty McManus, UW Extension

–Targeting Red-Headed Flea Beetle Larvae, Liz Bosak, USDA-ARS

Got fungus? Check out UW’s Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic

The Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic at University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a variety of services. For their brochure, go here.

Also, the University of Wisconsin Extension service publishes a weekly podcast and transcript with news of plant disease and insect issues across the state. To download these updates, go here.

–Liz Bosak

Weekly update from the UW Extension Horticulture Team on Insects, Plant Diseases, and Wildlife

Do you want to know what is going on in the fields, woods, and backyards of Wisconsin? The University of Wisconsin Extension Horticulture program publishes weekly updates through the growing season on special topics with regular appearances by Phil Pellitteri of the Insect Diagnostic lab and Brian Hudelson of the Plant Disease Diagnostic lab.

For the weekly update main page, go here.

For the May 5th podcast, go here.

For the May 5th written summary, go here.

–Liz Bosak

Wisconsin Fruit Crops and Frost Injury this Spring

Recently, Shawn posted an article on the Entomology Department’s website about frost injury to cranberries in Wisconsin, follow this link.

For more information about spring frost injury in Wisconsin fruit crops, go to the University of Wisconsin Extension Fruit Crops website.

Specifically, see Rebecca Harbut’s article on “Understanding Frost in Fruit Crops”. She and Patty McManus have another article on “Impacts of High Spring Temperatures on Fruit Crop Management”.

–Liz Bosak