Washington State University Extension schedules Biological Control Workshop

Washington State University Extension schedules Biological Control Workshop

The event takes place June 14-15 and will teach approaches to manage common pests on nursery crops.

June 1, 2017
Press Release

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. 

The event is sponsored by USDA Risk Management Agency  with additional support provided by Skagit Valley Food Co-op.

Confirmed speakers: 

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.

Register here for the event.

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
  • Lunch
  • 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?
  • Lunch