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Reflective Mulch Field Trials at Parker Pears

green circle with a light green pear tree graphic and the words parker pears

March 23, 2021

Sam Parker, pear grower and social media extraordinaire, shares his experience being a cooperator on the Nottingham lab reflective mulch trials currently taking place in his organic pear orchard.

Clicking the pic will take you to the video on Sam’s Instagram account.  You don’t need an Instagram account to watch it, but you should probably have one so you can follow Sam.

winter pear orchard with leafless trees. white reflective mulch is seen between the rows of trees and a mane is in the foreground talking to the camera

 

Reflective mulch for pear psylla

two people working in a pear orchard with reflective mulch

November 19, 2020

New Publication!

Pear psylla, Cacopsylla pyricola (Förster), has remained the most challenging pest of commercial pears in Washington and Oregon, the top producers of pears in the United States. The lack of effective integrated pest management tactics for this pest has been a major barrier to effective management. In this study, we examined the potential for reflective plastic mulch affixed beneath pear trees to suppress pear psylla. In 2017 and 2018, single pear tree (cv. Bartlett) plots of reflective plastic mulch, black plastic mulch, and no mulch (check) were established in a research orchard to compare their effects on pear psylla.

Nottingham, L. B. and E. H. Beers 2020. Management of pear psylla (Hemiptera: Psyllidae), using reflective plastic mulch. J. Econ. Entomol. 113:2840-2849.

screenshot of publication in the journal of economic entomology