Tarnished plant bug scouting and control in organic annual day-neutral strawberry production in the Northeast

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2005: $9,160.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:


  • Fruits: general small fruits


  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Pest Management: chemical control, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, physical control, prevention
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Day-neutral strawberry production in the Northeast is particularly difficult for organic producers due to tarnished plant bug (TPB) damage. This project will compare the conventional method of TPB nymph scouting with a method that traps and counts flying adult TPBs. The project manager will use these scouting techniques to assess the effectiveness of a screen barrier deterrent to TPB and an organic pyrethrum control strategy. Outreach will be through a twilight meeting, articles, and a web site.

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