IPM Strategic for sweet cherries, including pests, diseases, weeds & vertebrates

IPM Strategic for sweet cherries, including pests, diseases, weeds & vertebrates

By Katie Murray and Paul Jepson from the Oregon State University

The United States is the second-largest producer of cherries in the world. Turkey is the leading cherry producer (FAOSTAT, 2013). United States sweet cherry production in 2016 reach 350,240 tons valued at $788 million. 

Washington led the nation in sweet cherry production (210,550 tons), followed by Oregon (62,080 tons) and California (55,000 tons) (NASS 2017).

Washington, California and Oregon are the primary sweet cherry producing states, accounting for almost 90 percent of the quantity produced nationwide.

The primary tart cherry producing state is Michigan, accounting for nearly 74 percent of tart cherry production (NASS, 2015). Quotes till now belong to Cherries - Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

The authors explain that the publication is part of a proactive effort to identify pest-management priorities and lay a foundation for future strategies and increased use of integrated pest management (IPM) in sweet cherry production. It arose out of a January 2018 meeting of growers, commodity-group representatives, pest control advisors, processors, university specialists, and other technical experts in Oregon and Washington, who met for a day in The Dalles, Oregon, where they reached consensus on the strategies outlined in the publication.

This plan lists major pests, diseases and weeds current management practices, critical pest-management needs, activity timetables, and efficacy ratings of various management tools for specific pests in cherry production.

The result is a comprehensive strategic plan that highlights the current activities in IPM and pest-specific critical needs for the Oregon and Washington cherry industry, from which other cherry growing regions worldwide can potentially take profit.

The document begins with an interesting overview about cherry production and continues with an overview of IPM in cherry production.

Each “pest” (includes insects, mites, nematodes, diseases, viruses, pathogens, weeds and vertebrates) is then described briefly, with links provided for more information. Within each major pest grouping (insects, diseases and weeds), individual pests are presented in alphabetical order, not in order of importance. The remainder of the document is an analysis of management practices and critical needs organized by crop growth stage in an effort to assist the reader in understanding whole-season management practices.


Access to the paper 'An Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plan for SWEET CHERRIES in Oregon and Washington'


"An integrated pest management strategic plan for sweet cherries in Oregon and Washington". Katie Murray and Paul Jepson. Oregon State University