By Tim Kowols
As cherry orchard owners are preparing for harvest in the next few weeks, the staff at the University of Wisconsin Peninsular Research Center in Sturgeon Bay is working hard to identify the pests and diseases potentially harming it. Researchers have been keeping a close eye on the spotted wing drosophila, an invasive pest from the coasts since 2013, as they to find treatment and preventative methods to limit their damage. Peninsular Research Station Superintendent Matt Stasiak says he has members trying to identify natural predators of the spotted wing drosophila as an alternative to pesticides.
The Peninsular Research Center works with orchard owners throughout the year on other studies to help them produce their crops more efficiently.