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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.
Speaker: Andony Melathopoulos
Concerns around bee health over the past decade have been widely felt across horticulture industries. This seminar focus on practical steps to safely use pesticides around pollinators and tips on how to market your services and products to capture this concern and turn it into revenue. The talk will also outline an initiative in Oregon to showcase horticultural industries to consumers as bee-friendly; the Showcase Farm and Oregon Innovators program.
Speaker: Bob Long
According to the Oregon Water Congress, water rights increase the value of agricultural property by up to four times when compared to land without water rights. Acquiring and maintaining water rights is an important property right for nursery owners, however the rules that govern water use in Oregon can be convoluted and confusing to the end user who's business depends on the water right they hold. This seminar presents an overview of Oregon water rights, how to apply for them, maintain them, and transfer the use of water from one property to another. Case studies and real water right situations will be used to demonstrate acquisition and permit compliance for common water right issues.
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: Yasin “Yossi” Osroosh & Travis Bates
In this presentation, we will explain what “irrigation scheduling” is and why we need to do it and provide information on various technology-based irrigation scheduling approaches. We will discuss soil sensors (moisture, potential), ag weather stations, plant sensors and thermal sensing methods (ground-based, drone, satellite, thermal-RGB imager, IRTs, etc), and how they can be used for irrigation scheduling. We will also briefly discuss some important technologies for fruit loss management (heat and cold stress related like apple sunburn and frost).
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: 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.