The blueberry maggot fly was first detected in Wisconsin during the summer of 2016, and the species is now considered established in the state. It is expected to have a significant effect on the blueberry industry in Wisconsin.
Apples are one of the few produce items marketed by cultivar name — consumers will pay more for particular varieties that offers better taste, color and flavor. The nature of this market has been proven by the outstanding success of Honeycrisp apples.
With the advance of the brown marmorated stink bug across the United States, Wisconsin researchers are working to detect when and where their populations will reach nuisance or agricultural pest levels in the state — leading to the first official report of them on on agricultural crops in Wisconsin in early October.
Autumn is just around the corner, and instead of lamenting the end of summer, many Wisconsinites embrace cooler weather with fall activities. One favorite excursion around the state is apple picking, which goes hand-in-hand with cider, donuts and pie.