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Speaker: Kelly Vance
Whether it’s Broad Mite in begonias, Cyclamen Mites in begonias or Russet Mites in tomatoes, these “micro mites” can cause serious damage to many crops before they are detected. With most averaging 1/100th of an inch, these mites can infest crops before many growers even notice their damage. In this session, we’ll cover basic biology on the key mites that threaten crops in the Pacific Northwest, inspection and quarantine of incoming plant material, scouting crops for early warning signs, and biological control programs focusing on prevention of these destructive, yet commonly-overlooked pests.
Dr. Hannah Mathers
More genetically modified crops (GMCs) are being used in agriculture than ever before, with stacked glyphosate and dicamba resistant soybeans, Xtend™ seed, being some of the most recent players. A severe escalation in herbicide drift and carry-over injury on “non-target”/ nursery/landscape trees has resulted. Carry-over in the trees, and in the soil, continue to impact the plants years after the initial spray incidence, however, neither impact is well-described or understood for woody plants. Come and hear why you want your upwind neighbor, and you to “drift apart.”
Speaker: Robin Rosetta
Want to learn more about technology that can reduce the volume of pesticides by over 50% with the same control? Advanced and affordable intelligent spray systems increase precision and accuracy when pesticides are applied to control insects and diseases. Robin Rosetta will introduce the audience to intelligent sprays systems technology that is under development in nurseries and other cropping systems and that will likely change the way pesticides are applied in the future.
Speaker: Jill Calabro
Come hear about some of the latest research results and efforts being made to manage boxwood blight. The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is working to advance these developments and is a wholly industry-funded and directed organization that supports sound, scientific research for the betterment of the green industry.
Speaker: Kaci Buhl
Kaci Buhl will present an overview of the newly revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS), emphasizing nursery and greenhouse scenarios. Learn the new rules for annual training pesticide handlers and employees who work in and around pesticide treated material. The WPS also includes a minimum age for pesticide handlers, onsite hand washing requirements and increased worker access to pesticide application records. This session will provide you with new training materials including a workplace poster and checklist for employers.
Speaker: Moriah LaChapell
Biological Control Agents (BCAs) are predators, parasitoids, and naturally occurring pesticides used to decrease pest populations. Implementing BCAs in any production system can increase control in combination with effective chemistry. In this session, you will learn about the different types of beneficial insects, and biopesticides as a solution to damaging pests. We will also discuss compatibility of pesticides and Biological Control Agents.