Sparganothis fruitworm (SPARG) – If your farm has high pheromone trap counts, you should consider managing this pest as soon as bees are removed. The timing for this 1st post-pollination spray is at 2 weeks after peak pheromone trap catches, which usually coincides with the second week in July.Spotted fireworm (SFW) – SFW is one of the most important pests in New Jersey. Male SFW moth catches typically peak in the second through third week in June. Although trap catches give an indication of population size, these numbers not always correlate with numbers of egg masses. This insect becomes a problem in “weedy” beds because female moths lay their eggs predominantly on weeds. Thus, growers need to monitor for the presence of SFW egg masses on weeds (broadleaf species and grasses). Keeping beds clean from weeds will keep this insect under control. Egg masses should be hatching by now. SFW larvae from this generation feed on foliage as well as fruit.
Control Options – Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) (e.g. Intrepid and Confirm) are effective against SPARG. Alternatively, if you have used IGRs intensively (e.g. last year and this year as a pre-bloom or bloom spray), and would like to rotate with other chemistries, you may want to use Altacor, Delegate, or the broad-spectrum insecticides Diazinon, Imidan, or Lorsban. Broad-spectrum insecticides are also a choice if you have high blunt-nosed leafhopper populations because Intrepid, Delegate, and Altacor will have no effect against this insect. If you are an Ocean Spray (OS) grower please check restrictions on the use of these insecticides. Lorsban in particular can’t be used by OS growers after bloom due to MRLs for exporting cranberries. If you are an OS grower and want to use a post-bloom application to control SPARG then Delegate, Altacor, Diazinon (no aerial application allowed), or Imidan would be your options.