Janet van Zoeren, Christelle Guédot, and Amaya Atucha, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Departments of Entomology and Horticulture
We are very excited to announce that we have just launched our updated Wisconsin Fruit website, which you can find at http://fruit.wisc.edu! This site is divided into sections focusing on berry crops, cranberries, grapes, and tree fruit, and offers a one-stop spot where commercial fruit growers and home gardeners can access links to the most recent management recommendations, pest alerts, and research findings from UW faculties. In this way, it is meant to provide a first step toward finding the answer to any questions you might have about Wisconsin fruit production. In order to make the website more convenient for you to use, we’re working on making it easily accessible through your mobile devices. Over the next couple of months, we will be making the website friendlier to view on smartphones and tablets.
Along with the Wisconsin Fruit website, we are also starting up the Wisconsin Fruit News, a newsletter on fruit production, with the first issue to come out on April 18th. The Wisconsin Fruit News will be issued every other week during the summer, and will contain scouting reports, plant development reports, pest and disease management research updates, and other information pertaining to Wisconsin fruit production. Each issue will be divided into six sections: General Information, Berry Crops, Cranberries, Grapes, Tree Fruits, and an Upcoming Events Calendar.
If you would like a pdf of the newsletter to be delivered directly to your email inbox every other week, you can subscribe on our website! Simply go to http://fruit.wisc.edu and enter your email address on the right hand bar where it says “Sign up for our newsletter!”
In addition, you are now able to link the Wisconsin Fruit updates and newsletters to the IPM Toolkit application, which was created through the University of Wisconsin’s Integrated Pest and Crop Management program (http://ipcm.wisc.edu/apps/ipmtoolkit/). Just download the app, then enter our RSS newsfeed URL (http://fruit.wisc.edu/feed), and you will be able to immediately see our most recent posts and to access the newsletters on your phone.
These are screenshots of the IPM Toolkit mobile app being used to add this newsletter feed. On the News Feed screen we started by tapping on the “+” in the upper right area. Then we added in the URL as seen below.