Cranberries and Climate Change in Grow Magazine

Cranberries were featured in the latest article about the challenges that agricultural producers face in a changing climate. Rebecca Harbut and Ed Grygleski were interviewed about the unusual weather patterns that stressed the vines this past growing season. See pages 3 and 4 of the article for their contribution.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, at University of Wisconsin-Madison, publishes Grow Magazine three times a year, highlighting agricultural research in Wisconsin. The University offers a free subscription, go here for the subscription form. For a pdf copy of the latest Grow issue, Spring 2013, go here.

— Liz Bosak

Cranberry Pollination Research at the University of Wisconsin

In the spring and summer of 2012, Hannah Gaines, a PhD student in the Entomology Department at the University of Wisconsin, did experiments in the field and in the greenhouse to better understand what non-bee factors may be influencing cranberry pollination.

Hannah's cages

Monitoring one of my pollination treatment cages in the field.

Hannah's greenhouse experiment

Hand pollinating cranberry plants in the greenhouse.

Hannah's greenhouse experiment

Hand pollinating cranberry plants in the greenhouse.

To learn more about her work on native pollinators, see this article.

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

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

UW-Entomology and Extension’s Phil Pellitteri discusses pollinators on the Wisconsin Gardener

Phil Pellitteri runs the Insect Diagnostic Lab in the Entomology Department at UW-Madison. Last Spring, Phil met with Shelley Ryan of The Wisconsin Gardener to discuss pollinator issues and how to encourage native solitary bees, including an egg-laying box for mason bees. Here is the link to the video.

Also, are you mystified or intrigued about an insect that you’ve found at your home or marsh? Check out Phil’s online catalog of insect photos. Another great resource is BugGuide.net.

–Liz Bosak