Berry Crops: Pest Management and Pesticide Registration Tracking

Marionberries ripening on the vine.
Marionberries ripening on the vine.

Berry crops are important commodities in Oregon.  Providing growers with current information about pest management issues helps keep them up-to-date and prepared to make important pest management and marketing decisions that affect their operation.  By keeping in direct and frequent contact with agrochemical companies, EPA, ODA, IR-4, and other University researchers, I keep track of berry crop pesticide issues and help growers meet their pest management challenges. The Pesticide Registration Charts I develop for Oregon blueberry, caneberry and strawberry crops, and the Pesticide Registration Chart for Oregon and Washington berry crops, contain information that provides growers with a quick guide to pesticide registrations, which assists them as they develop a pest management strategy for their farm.

Pesticide Updates

I also conduct field experiments to help solve emerging and persistent pest management problems in berry crops.  Recent projects include: management of spotted wing drosophila, weed control in raspberries, weed control in blueberries, and disease control in blackberries.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Management


Joe DeFrancesco

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