Proven Biological Control Programs for Indoor and Outdoor Production of Ornamentals
UConn Extension and UMass Extension are sponsoring, Proven Biological Control Programs; for indoor and outdoor production of ornamentals. This one day educational program will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Room 100 of the WB Young Building, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
The speakers featured at this educational program include:
- Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University, LIHREC, Riverhead, NY who will be speaking on Biological Controls of Disease: Fungus vs. Fungus in the Greenhouse
- Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting, Slatington, PA who will be speaking on
Evaluating Your Biological Control Program and Using Biological Controls in Outdoor Production
- Grant Jones, IPM Specialist, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA who will be speaking on Implementing a Biological Control Program at Longwood Gardens
- A Grower Panel on IPM & Biologicals featuring Steven Courcy & Keith Salcines DS Cole Growers, Loudon, NH and Michael Calhoun, Broken Arrow Nursery, Hamden, CT.
A registration fee of $35 is due by June 11th payable by check only to the University of Connecticut. Included in the cost of admission: coffee, continental breakfast, lunch, informational handouts and parking.
Five pesticide recertification credits will be offered for attendees in CT, RI, MA, ME, NH, and VT.
For more information contact: Leanne Pundt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-626-6855 or visit the website: http://ipm.uconn.edu or click here for the registration form.
Leanne Pundt of UConn Extension hosted two Spring Bedding Plant meetings in February for Connecticut growers. One was held in Vernon and the other in Torrington so that all growers were offered a convenient location.
The Meetings began with a discussion on the greenhouse issues of 2012, including downy mildew on garden impatiens. Leanne offered tips on how to manage pests on ornamentals, vegetables and herb bedding plants.
Extension Educator Jude Boucher presented a virtual tour of how some Connecticut growers are growing vegetables in the greenhouses, a tour of some of the All America Sweepstakes (AAS) winners and losers at the UConn Department of Plant Science Research Farm plus give us updates on late blight on tomatoes
UConn Plant Science Department Head Rich McAvoy covered updates on plant growth regulators, reviewed the best management practices for Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’S) and gave tips on how to hold plants if sales are delayed. He also gave some tips on nutritional monitoring using the pour thru method and how to calibrate your injector.
Wade Elmer, Plant Pathologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station covered emerging diseases such as downy mildews, powdery mildews, botrytis, leaf spots, root rots and others plus highlighted what diseases to expect on some of the shade tolerant species growing in 2013.
Overall, both meetings were well attended and very successful. It should be a very successful year for bedding plants.