WHY, AFTER 25 YEARS OF NOT SPRAYING, ARE WE NOW SPRAYING OUR BLUEBERRIES?
We HATE to spray our blueberries with toxic materials! For 24 years we have been able to spray only for weeds. However, this year the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is out in force, and if we do not spray we will have wormy blueberries. There were a lot of worms in our blackberries around the farm last year, and the winter was very mild. We found SWD in Clark's Mom's strawberries and cherries (despite spraying the cherries) in the last few weeks. Oregon State University researchers have advised us that SWD is already in high numbers around the Willamette Valley in western Oregon as well.
For this reason, this year we are spraying our blueberries, and not just the weeds. We are avoiding spraying the more toxic materials as much as possible. We are also working with Oregon State University trying an experimental product (an attract-
We are also working on our farm to discourage SWD, including ridding the property as much as possible on blackberries and other host plants for SWD.