California Almonds: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Field Meeting, August 13

Brown marmorated stink bug. Photo: Scott Graham, University of Tennessee

A brown marmorated stink bug field meeting is set for Tuesday, August 13, starting at 9 a.m. The meeting site: an almond orchard at 4606 W. Simmons Road, Turlock. The event wraps up at 11 a.m.

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive stink bug species that is now causing significant economic damage to multiple crops in much of the United States.

The first BMSB infestation in California was reported in the Modesto area in Stanislaus County in 2016 in peaches. Damage in almonds was detected the next year.

Since then, we have observed BMSB infestation in several peach and almond orchards in the northern San Joaquin Valley, with severe fruit and nut damage in certain orchards.

The meeting will:

  • Provide information to identify the bug and the feeding damage.
  • Review the insect’s biology and host crops in the area.
  • Give an overview on detection and monitoring tools.
  • Present ways to prevent and control this bug in conjunction with other insect pests in almonds.

Reservations are not required. Attendees may request meeting accommodations by contacting our office at (209) 525-6800.

1.5 DPR continuing education hours are approved.


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