Fruit fly prediction has farmers anxious

For berry and stone fruit farmers, nature has conspired to create perfect conditions for an explosion of a crop-damaging fruit fly known formally as drosophila suzukii and informally as the spotted wing drosophila.

Researchers at Oregon State University are predicting record levels of the invasive pest, which wreaks havoc on blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, peaches, prunes and other popular fruits.

“The climate is absolutely perfect in many ways, at this stage,” said horticultural entomologist Vaughn Walton.

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