Use of a Polypropylene Fabric Cover as a Barrier to Egg-Deposition by Cranberry Fruitworm Acrobasis vaccinii (Riley)

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $1,593.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $1,532.00
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:
Ted Sparrow
Sparrow Farm


  • Fruits: berries (cranberries)


  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, feasibility study
  • Pest Management: row covers (for pests)
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, permaculture
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    This project will explore the value of a polypropylene fabric row cover spread over commercial organic cranberry vines to prevent cranberry fruitworm moths from laying their eggs on the cranberries. The row cover will be placed over an organically managed cranberry bed and kept on for approximately 28 days. Data on yield, fruit rot, and cranberry fruitworm infestation will be collected to determine if this is an economically justified control method. Outreach will be through publications, a web site, and an online workshop.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.