Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs

There is still room for a couple of more folks to attend the IPM for Vegetable Production Workshop to be held at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon next week Aug 22-23.  This workshop has been held already in Jefferson City, Warrenton and Kansas City and was highly received.  Participant comments about the workshop included:  "Great to be able to see the predatory insects so now I can identify them and not kill them."  "Loved seeing LIVE the predator insect sucking the life out of that tomato hornworm!"  "Now I know what trap crops to plant for next year."

The cost is $30 which includes 1 lunch and snacks as well as some IMP materials and wealth of resources for you to take home.  RSVP to Sharon Naylor at 573-882-3776 or email Debi Kelly.

Workshop Agenda

DAY 1 (August 22, 2012)
9:30 - 10:00 am - Registration

10:00 - 10:30 am - Introductions of instructors and participants and workshop overview

10:30 - 11:00 am - What is IPM? Discussion of challenges and examples of successes with IPM

11:00 am – Noon - The PAMS Approach: PREVENTION (focus on pest-free seeds, transplants, and sanitation)

Noon - Lunch          
1:00 - 2:00 pm - The PAMS Approach: AVOIDANCE (emphasis on trap crops to reduce/avoid insecticide use)

2:00 - 3:00 pm - The PAMS Approach: MONITORING (emphasis on insect ID, monitoring tools, and economic thresholds)

3:00 pm - Break

3:15 - 4:15 pm - The PAMS Approach: SUPPRESION I (focus on cultural practices and physical controls)

4:15 - 5:15 pm - The PAMS Approach: SUPPRESION II (focus on the pests’ natural enemies - with live demo)

DAY 2 (August 23, 2012)

08:30 - 10:30 am - Hands-on activity: Farm visit (Ms. Jessie Cox farm; Mt. Vernon)

10:30 – 11:00 am - Drive from Mt. Vernon to MU SW Research Center    
11:00 - 11:15 am - Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm - The PAMS Approach: SUPPRESION III (Introduction to pesticides + Vegetable Prod. Guide for Commercial Growers) 
12:15 - 12:25 pm - Workshop review and evaluations

12:25 pm - Workshop adjourns


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