Resources and Reports

The research objectives for the TNRC are to develop effective fruit pest management strategies for Michigan’s fruit industry, in concert with agriculture commodity organizations, agribusiness, MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension, in accordance with the land-grant philosophy of Michigan State University.

 

Insect and Disease Biological Research

The TNRC monitors and records the annual emergence and development of over 20 of Michigan’s major fruit pests, which has been an on-going project since the station’s inception.

Monitoring and documenting insect and disease resistance to conventional insecticides is an ongoing effort that provides confirmation for field level reports of resistance and helps researchers develop appropriate alternatives.

Studying the population dynamics of natural enemies under conventional insecticide, “soft” low-impact insecticide and non-chemical conditions is a continual interest to the station’s researchers.

2016 Pheromone Trapline Data

Use the tabs at the bottom of the Excel workbook to navigate between pests: Trapline data - 9/26/16

2015 Pheromone Trapline Data

Use the tabs at the bottom of the Excel workbook to navigate between pests: Trapline data

2014 Pheromone Trapline Data

Use the tabs at the bottom of the Excel workbook to navigate between pests: Trapline data


2013 Pheromone Trapline Data


2012 Pheromone Trapline Data


2010 Pheromone Trapline Data

 

Insect Pest Management, Strategies

Insecticide Performance

The TNRC in cooperation with MSU tree and small fruit entomology and plant pathology faculty design field performance trials for new and conventional pesticide chemistries to determine optimal use patterns for controlling the insect and disease pests prevalent in Michigan fruit crops. Information from these research trials serve as the primary basis for recommendations in MSU‘s annual Fruit Spraying Calendar (Extension Bulletin E-154).

Data from our on-going research programs are used to develop new farm-level pest management strategies for Michigan fruit growers.

Insect pheromones are being tested in orchards as a way to disrupt the mating of key insect pests, therefore protecting crops from injury without the use of chemical insecticides. Various means of dispensing pheromone are also being studied, including the MSU micro-sprayer, traditional twist-tie dispensers, and micro-encapsulated sprayable formulations.

New techniques are being tested and developed for the delivery of crop protection materials to fruit orchards, including improvements on air-assisted ground sprayers, solid set delivering systems, chemigation, and the use of trunk injection technologies. Our objective is to develop new delivery systems that enhance crop protection, while reducing pesticide drift, minimizing risks associated with worker exposure, and limiting the negative impacts of pesticides on beneficial organisms and the environment.

Improved techniques for monitoring pest populations are being developed using natural plant volatiles and novel trapping designs. Results from this research will better equip the fruit industry’s pest consultants and scouts with the precise pest information needed for making good pest management decisions.

Advancing disease control options for fruit growers are made possible through research carried out at the TNRC. Active proliferation of bacterial and fungal diseases in the fruit plantings allows plant pathologists to study and develop new control techniques for diseases that threaten Michigan fruit crops.

 

Weather Data

The TNRC hosts a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather station and is an offical cooperator of the MSU weather-based pest, natural resources and production management tool: Enviro-weather.

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