February 22, 2021
Be BRAVE: Pear Psylla Management
On Thursday, February 18, 2021 as part of an OSU/WSU webinar, Stijn van Laer gave a talk on pear psylla management in northern European pear orchards. Stijn is a crop consultant that works for company called FruitConsult based in Belgium. They are a private consulting firm that does not sell products (i.e., chemicals), just management recommendations. Stijn discussed management of pear psylla in European orchards with conservation biological control (i.e., only using soft insecticides and at economic thresholds) and by augmentation of earwigs. He also discussed the importance of proper sprayer calibration and how this can make or break effective management.