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Something to look forward to….The IPPS-SRNA 2014 Conference in Hickory, NC October 26-29.
THE LINKS ARE HERE!
REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE (online)
RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM! (code IPP for special rate of $109)
THE 39TH ANNUAL MEETING BROCHURE
Schedule of Events, Sponsors, Hotel Info, Registration Form and more
A few of the tour stops are:*Cam Too Camellia Nursery, where they have a diverse collection of species and cultivar camellias and an IPM system to keep the plants clean and disease free. *Buds and Blooms Nursery, which offers high quality Ericaceous plants deep in the heart of the Piedmont. *Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, where you can hear the latest research updates for Boxwood Blight …. and much more.
Sunday night’s Welcome Reception at the Hickory Museum of Art
That’s just a taste of what the 2014 conference has to offer.
This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to propagation, eliminating or minimizing the spread of pathogens from propagation houses and beds into the main production areas. Five practical tactics are featured, providing an overview of ways producers can stop or minimize the spread and, consequently, reduce costs associated with damage and control measures. Funding for this video was provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, and the UT Department of Plant Sciences. Narrated by Ms. Haylee Jones, produced by Ms. Halee Jones and Dr. Diana Cochran with assistance from Dr. Amy Fulcher.
To access Alan Windham’s carrot assay described in this video, use this link and select Systems-based Pest Management.
Link to video here.
Yesterday I found the first azalea caterpillars of the year. These tiny caterpillars had just hatched from the white eggs you see
in the background. You can scout for these bright eggs in August before the caterpillars hatch and remove them. I think these caterpillars are worth having though since they are very beautiful. Actually the caterpillars are prettier than azaleas tend to be this time of year and they will eat all the leaves stippled by lace bugs! You can read more about these caterpillars that feed on azaleas and blueberries in a post from last August.
For the last few weeks, orange striped oakworms have been raining on my head as I work in the trees. They also drop a lot of
poop (entomologists call it frass) which is one of the major complaints by homeowners. Orange-striped oakworms congregate on branches to feed every year in late summer but usually do not cause enough damage to warrant treatment.
Young orangestriped oakworms are often light in color and darken as they get older. I have found some parasitized individuals, which means natural enemies are doing their part to reduce oakworm outbreaks. Caterpillars also make great food for birds. We have posted previously about orange-striped oak worm biology and management if you want more information.
This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to irrigation, eliminating or minimizing the spread of pathogens from recycled irrigation water and standing water in main production areas. It also covers the importance of testing water quality and refining irrigation volume to optimize plant health. Funding for this video was provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, and the UT Department of Plant Sciences. Narrated by Ms. Haylee Jones, produced by Ms. Halee Jones and Dr. Diana Cochran with assistance from Dr. Amy Fulcher.
Link to video here.
This video covers basic concepts in shipping and receiving from a systems-based pest management standpoint. The video focuses on diligent inspection of plant material, careful record keeping to facilitate tracing plants forward and backward, and frequent sanitation of carts, docks and semi trailers. UT undergraduate student, Halee Jones, and UT postdoctoral scientist, Dr. Diana Cochran, did an outstanding job on this and the other 4 videos in our series! This is the final video in this series.
Link to video here.