New Invasive Plant Pest the Topic of Webinar Series
The New York State (NYS) IPM Program, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Northeastern IPM Center are co-presenting a webinar series about spotted lanternfly.
This series will provide information on spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest that has been found to feed on 70 species of plants in both the agricultural and urban segments of the northeastern U.S. SLF is an excellent hitchhiker and moves primarily through human movement, giving it the potential to show up anywhere in the U.S. It is important to know how to properly identify this pest and report its sighting.
Each webinar will be one hour in length and cover:
- Overview of spotted lanternfly biology and identification
- Overview of hosts
- Monitoring and management strategies
- Regulatory update
Two webinars would be of interest to fruit and vegetable growers in the Northeast:
- Spotted Lanternfly Basics for Hops, Berry, and Vegetable Growers, 26 at 10 a.m. Speakers include: Tim Weigle, Grape and Hops IPM Specialist, New York State IPM Program; Juliet Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator, New York State IPM Program; Laura McDermott, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture; and Ethan Angell, New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets.
- Spotted Lanternfly Basics for Grape and Apple Industries, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. Speakers include Weigle, Carrol, and Angell.