October 27, 2022

Sterilized codling moths are marked with colored powder (Ross Courtney/Good Fruit Grower)

The October 2022 issue of the Good Fruit Grower featured our ginormous codling moth project covering 45 sites across 6,500 square miles of Central Washington.  The project is led by Nottingham lab postdoc Rob Curtiss with assistance from research technician Toriani Kent.

In the past few years, a resurgence of codling moth concerns in the Northwest has launched a renaissance in the corresponding science. A Washington and Oregon task force held virtual summits throughout the spring and is now conducting surveys about management programs. The research commission put codling moth at the top of its priority list for 2022.

Growers hope Curtiss’ project yields clear recommendations regarding traps per acre, pest-density estimations and efficient combinations of disruption and lures.