An uptick in Spotted Wing Drosophilas (SWD), or Asian Fruit Flies, has local farmer, Dale Secher, abandoning his raspberry crop. He said he's doing this because otherwise he would have to spray every day.
"If we're going to have clean fruit, we knew that we would have to make a major investment, and also deal with pesticides, at a level I do not feel comfortable dealing with," Secher said. "We knew with this particular insect you'd have to spray quite frequently because the generation is so short that you get a new population of adults in a very short period of time."
Secher says the reason these Asian Fruit Flies are so problematic is because they infect un-ripened fruit, unlike native fruit flies that only infect fruits that are over-ripe.
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