Vine Mealybug IPM in Vineyards 
This online Continuing Education course, sponsored by Suterra, the global leader in environmentally sustainable pest control, discusses the identification of vine mealybug (VMB), how it damages grapes and grapevines, monitoring and treatment options, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and Pesticide Safety.
Vine mealybug (VMB, Planococcus ficus) is a serious insect pest of grapes and has three characteristics that make it particularly damaging:
- it easily moves from vineyard to vineyard
- it is difficult to control with insecticides
- it is implicated in the spread of viruses that cause grapevine leafroll disease
Information provided herein does not constitute a recommendation. Always consult with your PCA to determine the best pest management practices and timings for your operation. Adhere to state and local regulations and the current pesticide label and check with your organic certifier.
- Lectures 7
- Questions 20
- Duration 1 h (approx)
This course is accredited for CE units/hours by:
- California Department of Pesticide Regulation (0.5 Laws & Regs, 0.5 hour Other)
- Certified Crop Advisers (1.0 CEU IPM)
- Oregon Department of Agriculture (1 Credit, Other)
- Washington State Department of Agriculture (Pending)
“Throughout COVID-19, licensed agricultural professionals relied on the convenience of online education to a greater degree than ever before,” said Emily Symmes, Ph.D., Senior Technical Field Manager for Suterra. “With this new course, we are sharing valuable information with the industry and providing an opportunity for license holders to obtain important continuing education hours at the same time.”
Suterra developed the technical content for the course in partnership with Farm Progress summarizing the most current academic and vineyard-applied research. As the manufacturer of the world’s first Vine Mealybug mating disruption pheromone products, Suterra is in a unique position to develop educational resources for the industry. After years of development and demonstration trials with leading growers in California, France, Spain, Italy, and many other regions, the company has valuable insights to share with growers around the world.
Grower-owned by The Wonderful Company, Suterra is part of one of the world’s largest agricultural companies and the global leader in pheromone pest control products. Leveraging over 30 years of experience in insect pest mating disruption, Suterra produces hundreds of biorational products to displace conventional insecticides and protect biodiversity in growing regions around the world. For more information about Suterra, please visit www.suterra.com.