The Washington State University Extension has scheduled a Biological Control Workshop for June 14-15 in Mount Vernon, Wa. This workshop and educational tour/demonstration is designed to train field and greenhouse growers in methods of biological control. Attendees will learn approaches to manage common pests on nursery plants.
- Suzanne Wainwright, Buglady Consulting
- Breanne Chavez, WA State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA)
- Alison Kutz, Sound Horticulture
The topics to be covered include critical thinking for using biocontrol, new research, attracting beneficial insects, biocontrol application methods and timing, and a question and answer panel.
The event takes place at the Washington State University Extension Building, located at 16650 WA-536, Mount Vernon, Wa. Driving directions can be found here.
It costs $65 to attend both days of the event, $45 for day one, or $25 for day two, which is a half day.
Interested growers can pre-register until one week before the event. Late registration increases by $5 on June 7, and is only available based on space. The price includes lunch on both days, including a taco bar and salads.
Day One Agenda (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.):
- Biocontrols: What we can control/What we can’t
- Mites, thrips, aphids, gnats and weevils: What is working for growers
- Tutorial on using microscopes for identification
- Critical thinking for using biocontrol: Understanding your growing situation, what questions to ask a provider, fact from fiction
- Discussion Panel: Checking your spray records, Getting your team involved, How to market and motivate
- Crop Insurance Presentation
- Bug Out with Alison-Identification
- Local Nursery Tour with bio control demonstration, including microbial dip, beneficial nematodes and banker plants
Day Two Agenda (8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.):
- Introduction to local resources: NCAP/WSLNA/ecoPro
- Solutions for Broad mites
- Update on new research-apply critical thinking
- Attracting beneficial insects
- Hands on application methods of biocontrol agents: When to apply, what temperature, and how
- Emerging Pest issues: What’s coming our way?