OktoberPest 2017 Pest Management Workshops

Slugs and snails are a nursery and garden pest.

Pest management workshops for greenhouse and nursery employees will be offered every Thursday during the month of October. This low-cost series is presented by our partners at OSU Extension and the Pacific Northwest Nursery Integrated Pest Management Center.

OktoberPest is a series of workshops designed to help improve knowledge about pest management. This year workshops will focus on:

  • pest insect order recognition
  • boring insects
  • invasive species
  • slug and snail management in commercial nurseries

All workshops and information sessions provide a focused learning environment for pest management professionals. Classes are held Thursday mornings at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15201 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, Oregon.

October 5, 2017: Name that Bug! Recognition of Key Insect Orders of Ornamental Plant Pests (taught in Spanish)

The participants of this workshop will learn visual recognition of key insect orders that contain pests of ornamental plants in the Pacific Northwest as well as their associated damage. The second part of this session will emphasize hands-on activities with prepared specimens and images for identification. A check for correct identification and comprehension will follow.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $25 Agenda in English Agenda in Spanish Session instructors: Luisa Santamaria, Department of Botany/Plant Pathology, Oregon State University/NWREC and Margaret Bayne, OSU (retired).

October 12, 2017: The Boring Workshop: A Primer on Insects that Bore into Nursery Stock

Participants will learn basic biology, identification, damage, and management of the most common boring insect species in nurseries. There will be a focus on Pacific flatheaded borer management (PFB). Biology and management of PFB, including what they have learned in hazelnut production, will be discussed.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $25 Agenda Session instructors: Robin Rosetta and Nik Wiman, Department of Horticulture, OSU/NWREC

October 19, 2017: Meet the Neighbors: An Update on Emerging Plant Pest Issues

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Participants will learn basic biology, identification, and damage of recently detected and emerging plant pests as well as species likely to be introduced. This session includes updates on azalea lace bug Japanese beetle, brown marmorated stink bug and spotted wing Drosophila.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $25 Agenda Session instructors: Robin Rosetta and David Lowenstein, Department of Horticulture, OSU/NWREC; Jana Lee, USDA/ARS, Corvallis; and Clint Burfitt, ODA, Salem.

October 26, 2017: Slime and Punishment: Integrated Pest Management of Snails and Slugs.

Participants will learn the basics of identification followed by a hands-on workshop of the most common species encountered in nurseries. This presentation will emphasize monitoring, biological, cultural, physical, and chemical management of slug and snail pests in nurseries. Note: This workshop has an afternoon field session and lunch with be included.

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $35 Agenda Session instructors: James Coupland, FarmForest Research, Almonte ON; Rory Mc Donnell, Crop and Soil Science Dept., OSU; and Robin Rosetta, OSU Extension/NWREC

Registration Is Required for All Workshops

For additional information about these classes, contact Jan Egli at 971-801-0387 or e-mail her at jan.egli@oregonstate.edu. For information regarding the Spanish language program, contact Luisa Santamaria at 971-801-0389. Pesticide Re-certification Credits have been applied for for all workshops.

Please complete this Registration Form to secure your spot. Spaces are limited!

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