Blueberry IPM Meeting

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Bascom Road Blueberry Farm
371 Bascom Road
Newport, NH 03773
United States


Agenda

  • Bascom Road Blueberry Farm History
  • Plantings/Varieties
  • Seasonal Harvest Progression
  • IPM Strategies including: bird and insect netting, mulching, herbicides, insecticides, insect lures and traps, weather station and NEWA network
  • Netting project: Here we will discuss the insect netting project made possible through a Conservation Innovation Grant through NRCS, construction details of the project, cost estimates for installation, and year one results. This approach to netting is being explored to gain a better understanding of the installation requirements and best practices, efficacy in excluding spotted wing drosophila flies, and economic considerations from a grower's perspective.

A portion of this in-person workshop will be focused on preparing a site for a pollinator meadow alongside the edge of blueberry plantings and nearby vegetable high tunnels. The seed mix planned for this pollinator planting incorporates flowering herbaceous plants that have been documented to support natural enemies of crop pests. Providing flowering resources and habitat to these beneficial insects can naturally suppress pest populations and also support the native pollinators that berry producers rely upon for pollination services. Learn about how different plants support native pollinators and how to conserve bumble bees by providing valuable nesting habitat, like native bunch grasses.

Learn about how the NRCS can provide financial assistance to: install insect exclusion netting on roll-up sides of high tunnels, scout and trap for pests, calibrate pesticide equipment, install a weather station for more accurate pest management decisions, or establish beneficial insect and pollinator habitat.

Partners include: NRCS, NH Conservation Districts, Xerces Society.

PAT Recertification Credits pending

Cost: Free

blueberry plants IPM SWD netting
Status
  • Active
Online Status
  • In-Person
Contact
  • Please email Jeremy DeLisle, UNH Extension Field Specialist, at Jeremy.Delisle@unh.edu with questions. Registration is not required, but an email expressing interest in attending is appreciated for planning purposes.