Thanks to Vaughn for getting the SWD workspace up. I’m
impressed by how quickly this coordination is coming together.
Most of this posting is a repeat of the email I sent out a couple days ago but figured I should start using this blog as a primary place for posting general questions/comments.
As an ‘industry’ person on this list I’ve got a few different aspects to bring up and see if we can incorporate some of them into this.
Collection and dissemination of SWD field
information. I’m hopeful that, by the time the season starts next year we’ll
have in place protocols for being able to collect and share field information
from various growing regions and various crops as well as a means to
disseminate that information to growers of other crops and other regions. We’ve
got a segment of this addressed in one of the proposals to the Northwest Center
for Small Fruits Research but it only covers the Willamette Valley and only
berry crops. Are there ways to include other crops and other regions?
Coordination/inclusion of industry funding. I’m
the research coordinator for the Washington Red Raspberry Commission and the
Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission and also interact a lot with the
other berry commodity groups in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Most
of these commissions have acted quickly to put SWD as a top priority for
funding over the last month. In addition the Washington State Commission on
Pesticide Registration, as mentioned by Joe D., is a potential source for
funding for some Washington state commodities. However—the commission RFP’s are
mostly distributed to limited lists, the amount of funds available from each source
is quite limited and the commissioners all are still just getting up to speed
on this pest. I’ll pass along the RFP info/timelines as best I can.
Outside of the northwest berry crops, are there
other commodity groups in other crops and regions who are looking at or have
already funded projects? E.g. The California Strawberry Commission? The
Oregon grape, wine or stone fruit groups? Any information that we can
As most of you know, my
company’s emphasis is on field scouting services and small fruit industry
communications (weekly IPM newsletter, IPM website, commission funded research,
etc). My present plan is to put together proposals that would go to some or all
of the Oregon and Washington caneberry, blueberry and strawberry commissions
for coordinating SWD field scouting for the various NW growing areas with
real-time grower updates/alerts posted online. It would make sense to include
monitoring data from other crops/other regions but right now I’m not sure how
that coordination would work. Ideas?
If I can be of any help with
information on these various groups, please let me know. Basic berry commission
RFP orientation information:
Washington Red Raspberry Commission, http://www.red-raspberry.org/
(for RFP) . Due on Oct. 23rd.
Washington Blueberry Commission, RFP due out
very soon, Due on Dec. 17th.
Washington Strawberry Commission, RFP usually
only goes to WSU (from ‘tradition’ but is open to all). Due around Nov.
28th (based on last year).
Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, RFP
due out soon, Due around Jan 5th (based on last year).
Oregon Blueberry Commission, RFP just sent out.
Due Dec 1st. (I can forward the emailed RFP to any of you who would
Oregon Strawberry Commission, RFP due out soon,
Due around Jan 5th (based on last year).
Washington State Commission on Pesticide
Registration, http://www.wscpr.org/ , RFP
due on Nov 4th (must be sponsored/submitted by a commodity group).
The way we usually work with this group is to have a Washington commodity
commission refer a proposal on to the WSCPR for matching funds.
British Columbia also has commodity councils for these three
berry crops that fund research but I don’t have information on them. Across
border logistics add another obstacle to coordination efforts.
As mentioned, the size of the research funding pot is pretty
small for these groups. Approximately ranges from 30K to 125K per group. We’ve
been discussing the possibility of establishing a Northwest Berry Crops
non-profit foundation that could act as a coordinating body. This situation
sure makes a strong case for such a mechanism.