This position will include all the work described in the General Intern Position. Up to 20% of work time will be spent specifically on pest monitoring, trap maintenance, record keeping, and running computer models.
We monitor leaf wetness and temperature with Spectrum Technologies weather data loggers. We time pesticide and repellant products using degree accumulations for codling moth and plum curculio. We monitor populations of apple maggot and codling moths with traps in all our apple blocks. We also monitor several pests for the Minnesota Department of agriculture. We monitor conditions for diseases and run computer models for the development of apples scab and fireblight. The IPM intern will be responsible for weekly monitoring and maintenance of traps in up to 20 orchard blocks. The intern will also be responsible for downloading the weather data loggers onto a PC and running and reporting the results of the disease models.
Some application of certified organic products may be required. Use of a backpack sprayer, boom sprayer, or airblast sprayer may occur. Regular orchard pesticide application is NOT the responsibility of the IPM intern.