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Volume 62 Number 9 Date 06/22/2017


CODLING MOTH - The spring flight has peaked in most southern Wisconsin orchards, though trap counts remain high at some sites. Economic captures of five or more moths per trap per week were registered at 10 of 24 locations (42%) from June 15-21. Apple growers are advised to continue monitoring degree days and CM trap counts until 650-700 units (modified base 50F) have accumulated from the spring biofix to determine if additional flights require treatment. Most orchards south of La Crosse have accumulated about 450-550 degree days since May 20 when the biofix was recorded at warmer southern sites. Signs of fruit damage are becoming apparent, and scouting fruits for tiny, circular entry wounds should be underway.

SAN JOSE SCALE - Crawlers are emerging from beneath scales in southern and western Wisconsin orchards. Known "hotspots," or areas of suspected high SJS pressure, can be monitored using black electrical tape on scaffold branches. The tape should be wrapped adhesive side-down, and a thin layer of petroleum jelly applied to the outer side of the tape. Captures of 10-15 crawlers on several taped branches over the course of a few days, or 10 crawlers on one tape with zero on all other tapes, may warrant application. Treatments should be applied once the yellow crawlers are active, but before their white, waxy coverings (white cap stage) start to form on the leaves and branches. Conventional products for summer control include Esteem (pyriproxyfen) or Movento (spirotetramat). Options for organic growers are summer oil and biological control.

POTATO LEAFHOPPER - Levels of this insect could increase abruptly in orchards as harvesting of second-crop hay begins. Non-bearing, one- to two-year-old trees are most susceptible to feeding by leafhopper adults and nymphs and should be inspected for upwards leaf cupping and yellowing of terminal shoots. Treatment is justified at levels of one or more nymphs per leaf when symptoms are developing.

SPOTTED TENTIFORM LEAFMINER - Moths of the second flight are emerging in greater numbers, with pheromone trap counts ranging as high as 1,270 per trap and averaging 221 per trap. The average last week was 77 per trap. Peak moth activity should occur by July across southern and central Wisconsin and a week or two later in the southeastern, east-central and northern areas. Apple orchards with populations exceeding one mine per leaf or a history of STLM damage are candidates for control of second-generation larvae.

APPLE MAGGOT - Emergence of the first flies of the season is anticipated next week. Initial apple maggot treatments should begin 7-10 days after the first fly appears on a yellow sticky trap and immediately if the fly is found on a red sphere, with later sprays following at 10- to 14-day intervals as long as flies are appearing on traps. A trapping density of one trap every 200-300 feet placed along the perimeter row is suggested. Orchards with past severe AM problems should also place a few traps in the orchard interior. The economic threshold for apple maggot control is one fly per unenhanced trap per week or five flies per enhanced trap per week.

GRAPE PHYLLOXERA - Grape growers concerned about the appearance of phylloxera galls on grape foliage are reminded that insecticide treatments should have been applied at the first sign of gall formation several weeks ago. No insecticide can reduce or eliminate the galls once they have formed on the leaves.

JAPANESE BEETLE - Adults are emerging and neonicotinoids or Neem oil repellant sprays must be applied soon, while populations are low and the beetles are still immigrating into orchards. Neem oil is appropriate for organic systems and effective when applied repeatedly. PyGanic is another organically acceptable method for immediate contact control, but the material dissipates quickly if applied during the day. A third option is Surround WP (kaolin clay) which deters both Japanese beetle and apple maggots, although its efficacy against Japanese beetle is inconsistent.

DOGWOOD BORER - Pheromone traps can be placed now to provide information on the size and timing of the moth flight, as well as the subsequent larval hatch expected in July.

-- Krista Hamilton, DATCP Entomologist