Insect IPM Protocols for Fresh Cut Peonies: Protecting a New Alaskan Export Crop

2016 Annual Report for OW15-030

Project Type: Professional + Producer
Funds awarded in 2015: $48,872.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2018
Grant Recipient: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Region: Western
State: Alaska
Principal Investigator:
Gino Graziano
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service

Insect IPM Protocols for Fresh Cut Peonies: Protecting a New Alaskan Export Crop


Seven peony farms from the Fairbanks area (4), Kenai Peninsula (2), and Mat-Su (1) participated in the second year of monitoring for lygus bugs and thrips. The project has a goal of developing IPM protocols for these insects in peony crops. In 2016 sampling protocols followed to track the phenology of lygus bugs and aphids and document their abundance in different locations, both from region to region and on a smaller scale from field to border areas. IPM technicians provided supplies and sampling instructions to growers, who then sampled with sticky traps and sweep nets on a weekly basis. Thrips were included in the sampling to contribute to ongoing research at Washington State University.



Objectives/Performance Targets

All farms followed the protocols. Insects on sticky traps are currently being identified and counted by Dr. Beverly Gerdeman. Because of savings on the grant we are going to extend data collection an additional year.


We have two years of data now from 7 farms located from Fairbanks to Homer.

Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes

Two presentations to the Alaska Peony Growers Association will be given in January 2017 on progress of this project.


Dr. Patricia Holloway
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Georgeson Botannical Garden
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Office Phone: 9074746686
Rita Jo Shoultz
Managing Partner
Alaska Perfect Peony
PO Box 15226
Homer, AK 99603
Office Phone: 9072358116
Website: www,
Dr. Jill Russell
Owner and Manage
Boreal Peonies
PO Box 16153
Two Rivers, AK 99176
Office Phone: 5132187228
Ronald Illingworth
North Pole Peonies, LLC
5730 Eielson Farm Rd.
North Pole, AK 99705
Office Phone: 9074880446
Dr. Beverly Gerdeman
Asst. Professor
Washington State University
16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273-4768
Office Phone: 3608486145
Brian Schlumbohm
Slimtree Farm
7095 Snow White Court
Salcha, AK 99714
Office Phone: 9074604325
Susan Lincoln
Giggly Roots Gardens
19887 W. Giggly Girls Avenue
Willow, AK 99688
Office Phone: 9078549536
Dr. Derek Sikes
Curator of Insects
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Museum of the North
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Office Phone: 9074746278
Carolyn Chapin
Polar Peonies LLC
PO Box 84049
Fairbanks, AK 99708
Office Phone: 9075901700
Richard Pepper
Echo Lake Peonies
47937 Price Ave.
Soldotna, AK 99669
Office Phone: 9072625408
Website: www,