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  • From: mark wessel <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
  • Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 17:04:18 -0500

You should be worried. This insect sounds like one of the worst to come
down the pike or across the ocean. It is not just limited to apples or
peaches. Many agriculture crops are affected. Even Joe the home owner could
see the problem when they have a few thousand swarming in there house. I am
with you about the doom and gloom of the early reports.


On Mar 4, 2011, at 4:51 PM, Alan Haigh wrote:

> The brown marmorated stink bug really has me worried. Good Fruit Grower has
> an article in this months mag that portrays this pest as something straight
> from hell that makes plum curculio seem almost angelic in comparison. I'm
> talking about peach growers doing 11 sprays in west VA to try to control it
> and still losing most of the crop.
> I'm actually worried about the future viability of my business which for
> those of your who don't know is running a bearing age fruit tree nursery and
> managing scores of home and estate orchards in the SE NY area. Once this
> pest is established here, managing home orchards for fruit may become
> extremely complicated.
> Right now I can control most important insect pests with only 2 or 3 sprays
> of best synthetic materials. If I have to spray all season long I may just
> get tired of this business altogether.
> Sure hope the early reports are overly alarmist and either an affective
> predator emerges of some reasonable management strategy is devised. I know
> that there are very good people working on it.
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