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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Pruning Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to pruning practices. The video provides an overview of practical ways producers can stop the spread of pathogens that can otherwise be transferred to healthy plants during pruning. Funding for this video was provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, and the UT Department of Plant Sciences. Narrated by Ms. Haylee Jones, produced by Ms. Halee Jones and Dr. Diana Cochran with assistance from Dr. Amy Fulcher.

Link to video here.

Nursery IPM Workshop – Quincy FL – June 10-11 – FL & GA CEUs Available

The Southern Nursery IPM Working Group Presents

Nursery IPM Workshop

University of Florida

North Florida Research and Education Center

May Building Seminar Room and On-site Outdoor Nursery Facilities

155 Research Road Quincy, Florida 32351

June 10-11, 2014

Don’t miss this hands-on, 2-day workshop focused on integrated pest management (IPM) for nursery crops! Learn how to save resources, reduce pest damage and pesticide use, and create a safer working environment for employees, all while earning 13 FL pesticide CEUs and 9 GA pesticide CEUs plus FNGLA CEUs!

You will learn to identify major pests, plant diseases, and weeds using live samples, lectures, and images. Horticulturists, plant pathologists, entomologists, and weed scientists – – from major universities across the southeastern U.S. – – will teach you about some of the latest technologies to prevent pests and use your smart phone as a pest scouting device. Attendees will receive a free copy of IPM Pro, a mobile device app for IPM in ornamental crops, as well as many printed reference materials. In-depth and focused on IPM in ornamentals, this workshop is one of kind and well worth your time!

Registration is only $15 (free for GA/FL Cooperative Extension Agents) but you must pre-register to participate; no walk-ins allowed! To register, go to https://ncnla.wufoo.com/forms/ipm-2day-workshop-quincy-fl-june-1011-2014/

Agenda

Tuesday June 10

08:30 AM – 09:00 AM             Sign in, complete pre-test, coffee and snacks – May Bldg. Seminar Room

09:00 AM – 09:30 AM             Overview of the Nursery IPM Workshop (Gary Knox, UF North Florida Research and Education Center, and Anthony Lebude, NC State University)

09:30 AM – 10:20 AM             IPM Concepts of Host Plant Resistance and Examples(Gary Knox, UF North Florida Research and Education Center)

10:20 AM – 10:45 AM             Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM             Measuring Physical Properties of Substrates (Anthony LeBude, NC State University)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM              IPM Pro: A Smartphone App to Help Manage Nursery Pests (Anthony LeBude, NC State University)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM                  Concepts of Arthropod Pest Management: Arthropod Types/Life Cycles, Scouting, Biocontrols, Cultural Controls, Plant Phenology Indicators, Pesticide Classifications, Pesticide Application and other Management Methods (Kris Braman, University of Georgia, and JC Chong, Clemson University)

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM                  Break

3:00 PM – 4:40 PM                  Outdoor Hands-on Practicum on Scouting Techniques, Life Stage Identification, Pesticide Application, Biocontrols and Cultural Controls (Kris Braman, University of Georgia, and JC Chong, Clemson University)

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM                  CEUs for the Day and Preview of Tomorrow’s Program (Gary Knox, UF North Florida Research and Education Center)

 

Wednesday, June 11

8:00 AM – 9:40 AM                 Concepts of Disease Management: Disease Organisms/Life Cycles, Disease Triangle, Predictive Tools, Cultural Controls, Fungicide Classifications, Fungicide Application and other Management Methods (Nicole Ward, University of Kentucky, Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia)

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM               Break

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM              Outdoor Hands-on Practicum on Scouting Techniques, Disease Identification, Cultural Controls, Fungicide Application and Other Management Methods (Nicole Ward, University of Kentucky, Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM                  Concepts of Weed Management: Weed Life Cycles, Identification of Grass-Broadleaf-Sedge Weeds, Cultural Controls, Preemergence Herbicide Selection, Nursery Crop Tolerances and Management Resources (Jeff Derr, Virginia Tech)

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM                  Break

3:00 PM – 4:40 PM                  Outdoor Hands-on Practicum on Scouting Techniques, Identification of Grass-Broadleaf-Sedge Weeds, Herbicide Application Methods and Cultural Controls (Jeff Derr, Virginia Tech)

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM                  Program Evaluation and CEUs for the Day (Gary Knox, UF North Florida Research and Education Center)

 

Free Webinar – Pathogen Risk Mitigation through System Design and Using Precision Irrigation Tools

Webinar Presentation

Pathogen Risk Mitigation through System Design and Using Precision Irrigation Tools

Tuesday, 3 June, 2014
Noon to 1:00 pm (Eastern)
To participate in this webinar, please go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water/
and dial 1-888-619-1583 then enter pass code: 491981

Presenter: Dr. John Lea-Cox, Professor and Nursery Extension Specialist Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland

Summary: The use of recycled water from containment ponds or structures is an integral part of the sustainability of container-nursery and greenhouse production systems, even in those areas of the US which receive adequate rainfall. The capacity of containment structures is influenced by how much water can be captured and replenished from rainfall, groundwater or other sources. We need to therefore understand how we can firstly conserve water by scheduling daily irrigations to not only optimize plant growth, but reduce runoff and create drier, more antagonistic environments for pathogens within production areas. We don’t typically make very good decisions in estimating daily plant water use, especially in intensive nursery and greenhouse production environments, because of the diversity of crop species that are grown. We have developed advanced irrigation tools that allow growers to not only better estimate daily crop water use, but use those tools to automatically schedule and apply irrigations only when necessary. This seminar will cover the basics of good system design, and illustrate some of the advanced tools we are using to halve irrigation water applications, reduce runoff and create drier environments that increase plant growth while reducing disease incidence.

 

UGA Extension Plant Pathology Report for October

The Extension Plant Pathology for October is now available and has been posted here:

http://plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/documents/ExtensionPlantPathologyUpdate_October2013.pdf

The October issue contains:
  • Disease clinic report for September 2013
  • Table of samples diagnosed a year ago in November 2012
  • Anthracnose on pepper alert
  • Vegetable spray guides and efficacy tables are posted online
  • Dollar spot is still active
  • Yellow bentgrass
  • Bipolaris leaf spot on bermudagrass
  • Summary of fungicides recently registered for ornamental disease control
  • Rosellinia needle blight on hemlock
Past Extension Plant Pathology Updates are archived here: http://plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/ExtensionPlantPathologyUpdates.html
I hope you find this information useful. Comments, questions, and/or ideas for improvement are always welcome.

Georgia Native Plant Initiative (GNPI) Industry Symposium 2013

Successes and Challenges for Georgia’s Native Plant Industry: Wholesale Changes Required
Today’s modern nursery grower won’t get excited by selling a few 4” pots of goldenrod to a native plant enthusiast. And today’s requirements for habitat restoration cannot be satisfied by getting a few dozen native plants from a specialty grower or two. If native plants are to make it as a profitable enterprise for suppliers then production needs to stepped up and producers/users linked up.
That is the goal of the Georgia Native Plant Initiative; and the focus of our day of industry-based talks/discussions aimed at realizing the economic/ecological potential of native plants.
 
When: November 21, 2013
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Where: State Botanical Garden of Georgia,
2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, 30605
Cost: $20 to cover food and beverages
Registration: 706 542 9353 or on-line at bitly.com/nativeplantinitiative
 
AGENDA
8.30-9.00 Registration, coffee
9.00-9.15 Welcome & Introduction (Wilf Nicholls, Director, State Botanical Garden of Georgia)
9.15-10.00 Trends in landscaping with native plants (Julie Evans, VP, Garden Designer, The Fockele Garden Company)
10.00-10.45 Needing GA ecotypes for US Forest Service Lands restoration (Joanne Baggs, Botanist/Ecologist, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Service)
10.45-11.30 Creating urban public landscapes using native plants (Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director & Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta)
11.30-12.00 GNPI Resources at your disposal (Jennifer Ceska, Conservation Coord., State Botanical Garden of Georgia)
12.00-12.45 LUNCH (please let us know any dietary restrictions)
12.45-1.30 Restoring the natural understory in longleaf pine forest (Carol Denhof, Understory Coordinator, The Longleaf Alliance)
1.30-2.15 Developing a native plant business from the ground up (J. Walter Bland, Managing Partner, Rock Spring Restorations)
2.15-3.00 Tour of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies
 
Jennifer Ceska
Conservation Coordinator
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
at the University of Georgia
http://botgarden.uga.edu/

UGA – September Extension Plant Pathology Update

The September Extension Plant Pathology Update is available here:
Topics included are:
  • Disease clinic report for July and August 2013
  • Table of disease samples diagnosed in September and October a year ago (2012)
  • Turfgrass Disease Control: Emphasis on fall activities
    • Bipolaris leaf and crown rot
    • Large Patch
    • Spring Dead Spot
  • Fairy rings in turfgrass
  • Methods to maximize efficacy of turfgrass fungicides
  • Update on three ornamental/tree diseases of concern: Where are they now?
    • Sudden Oak Death
    • Thousand Cankers Disease
    • Boxwood Blight
  • Disease management for row crops nears end for 2013: What’s next?
Past Extension Plant Pathology Updates are archived here:
As always, comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome! I hope you find this information useful.
Jean