Southeastern Ornamental Horticulture Production and Integrated Pest Management

News alerts and tips from Southeastern universities.

The American Chestnut Foundation – Georgia Chapter Meeting

Meeting Description
The GA-TACF annual meeting is an exciting opporunity to learn more about American chestnut restoration research in Georgia and national restoration efforts! Attendees will hear research presentations from Georgia scientists as well as from nationally recognized plant geneticist William Powell, who leads ground-breaking transgenic work with blight-resistant chestnuts at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Also, attendees will tour laboratory and horticultural facilities involved in chestnut research at the University of Georgia. It is free to attend the meeting, and box lunches will be available to attendeeds for $7.
Please let us know if you can attend by RSVP-ing on our Eventbrite page by March 26th! Also, if you plan to purchase a box lunch, please select your sandwich preference when you register!
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Meeting Schedule
Warnell School of Forestry
9:00 – 9:30 Arrive, sign in, coffee, pay for lunch
9:30 – 10:00 Convene & membership meeting, Mark Stoakes
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome address, Dean Green
10:10 – 10:30 Update on breeding program, Martin Cipollini
10:30 – 10:35 American chestnut remaining in the wild, Nathan Klaus
10:35 – 11:15 Keynote address & presentation, Bill Powell
11:15 – 12:30 Embryogenesis & clonal propagation presentation and lab tour, Scott Merkle
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch; depart for Watkinsville Horticultural Research Farm
Watkinsville Hort Research Farm
2:00 – ~3:30 Tour Hort Farm backcross orchard, Ryan McNeil
Meeting Location Map
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Have a question? Email us at gachestnut@gmail.com.
WHEN
Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar
WHERE
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia – 180 E. Green St.. Building 1, Room 304. Athens, GA 30602 – View Map

Changes to the Worker Protection Standard

by Joseph LaForest

I  thought that many of you may be interested in recent changes to the Worker protection Standard.  EPA put out a good comparison chart which is in the PDF.

http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf

  Here are what they list as the major revisions include

  • Annual mandatory training to inform farmworkers on the required protections afforded to them. Currently, training is only once every 5 years.
  • Expanded training includes instructions to reduce take-home exposure from pesticides on work clothing and other safety topics.
  • First-time ever minimum age requirement: Children under 18 are prohibited from handling pesticides.
  • Expanded mandatory posting of no-entry signs for the most hazardous pesticides. The signs prohibit entry into pesticide-treated fields until residues decline to a safe level.
  • New no-entry application-exclusion zones up to 100 feet surrounding pesticide application equipment will protect workers and others from exposure to pesticide overspray.
  • Requirement to provide more than one way for farmworkers and their representatives to gain access to pesticide application information and safety data sheets – centrally-posted, or by requesting records.
  • Mandatory record-keeping to improve states’ ability to follow up on pesticide violations and enforce compliance. Records of application-specific pesticide information, as well as farmworker training, must be kept for two years.
  • Anti-retaliation provisions are comparable to Department of Labor’s (DOL).
  • Changes in personal protective equipment will be consistent with DOL’s standards for ensuring respirators are effective, including fit test, medical evaluation and training.
  • Specific amounts of water to be used for routine washing, emergency eye flushing and other decontamination, including eye wash systems for handlers at pesticide mixing/loading sites.
  • Continue the exemption for farm owners and their immediate families with an expanded definition of immediate family.

 

Pruning Workshop – Feb 24 – UGA Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA

Back by Popular Demand! 

Our pruning program will cover the A-Z of proper pruning techniques for all of your ornamentals and will briefly cover pruning fruit trees. Equipment selection and care will be addressed in detail. We will also cover the when, where, and how’s to prune certain plants and different techniques for creating a professional looking landscape. We will also spend some time addressing pest prevention through proper pruning procedures. The class will consist of both indoor lectures and outside hands-on demonstrations. Please dress warmly for the outside portion. Refreshments and lunch are included in program. Bob Westerfield and Bodie Pennisi, UGA Horticulturists, will be the program speakers.  Pre-registration required.

Date:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Time:

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:

UGA Griffin Campus, Student Learning Center, Room 105, 1109 Experiment Street Griffin, GA 30223

Cost:

$59.00 – Refreshments, lunch and handouts included

Registration: Pre-registration required. To register with a credit card, please visit us online.

To register with cash or check, please contact Beth Horne at 770-228-7214 or by email at bhorne@uga.edu.

Nursery IPM Workshop – Quincy FL – June 10-11 – FL & GA CEUs Available

The Southern Nursery IPM Working Group Presents

Nursery IPM Workshop

University of Florida

North Florida Research and Education Center

May Building Seminar Room and On-site Outdoor Nursery Facilities

155 Research Road Quincy, Florida 32351

June 10-11, 2014

Don’t miss this hands-on, 2-day workshop focused on integrated pest management (IPM) for nursery crops! Learn how to save resources, reduce pest damage and pesticide use, and create a safer working environment for employees, all while earning 13 FL pesticide CEUs and 9 GA pesticide CEUs plus FNGLA CEUs!

You will learn to identify major pests, plant diseases, and weeds using live samples, lectures, and images. Horticulturists, plant pathologists, entomologists, and weed scientists – – from major universities across the southeastern U.S. – – will teach you about some of the latest technologies to prevent pests and use your smart phone as a pest scouting device. Attendees will receive a free copy of IPM Pro, a mobile device app for IPM in ornamental crops, as well as many printed reference materials. In-depth and focused on IPM in ornamentals, this workshop is one of kind and well worth your time!

Registration is only $15 (free for GA/FL Cooperative Extension Agents) but you must pre-register to participate; no walk-ins allowed! To register, go to https://ncnla.wufoo.com/forms/ipm-2day-workshop-quincy-fl-june-1011-2014/

Agenda

Tuesday June 10

08:30 AM – 09:00 AM             Sign in, complete pre-test, coffee and snacks – May Bldg. Seminar Room

09:00 AM – 09:30 AM             Overview of the Nursery IPM Workshop (Gary Knox, UF North Florida Research and Education Center, and Anthony Lebude, NC State University)

09:30 AM – 10:20 AM             IPM Concepts of Host Plant Resistance and Examples(Gary Knox, UF North Florida Research and Education Center)

10:20 AM – 10:45 AM             Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM             Measuring Physical Properties of Substrates (Anthony LeBude, NC State University)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM              IPM Pro: A Smartphone App to Help Manage Nursery Pests (Anthony LeBude, NC State University)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM                  Concepts of Arthropod Pest Management: Arthropod Types/Life Cycles, Scouting, Biocontrols, Cultural Controls, Plant Phenology Indicators, Pesticide Classifications, Pesticide Application and other Management Methods (Kris Braman, University of Georgia, and JC Chong, Clemson University)

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM                  Break

3:00 PM – 4:40 PM                  Outdoor Hands-on Practicum on Scouting Techniques, Life Stage Identification, Pesticide Application, Biocontrols and Cultural Controls (Kris Braman, University of Georgia, and JC Chong, Clemson University)

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM                  CEUs for the Day and Preview of Tomorrow’s Program (Gary Knox, UF North Florida Research and Education Center)

 

Wednesday, June 11

8:00 AM – 9:40 AM                 Concepts of Disease Management: Disease Organisms/Life Cycles, Disease Triangle, Predictive Tools, Cultural Controls, Fungicide Classifications, Fungicide Application and other Management Methods (Nicole Ward, University of Kentucky, Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia)

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM               Break

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM              Outdoor Hands-on Practicum on Scouting Techniques, Disease Identification, Cultural Controls, Fungicide Application and Other Management Methods (Nicole Ward, University of Kentucky, Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM                  Concepts of Weed Management: Weed Life Cycles, Identification of Grass-Broadleaf-Sedge Weeds, Cultural Controls, Preemergence Herbicide Selection, Nursery Crop Tolerances and Management Resources (Jeff Derr, Virginia Tech)

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM                  Break

3:00 PM – 4:40 PM                  Outdoor Hands-on Practicum on Scouting Techniques, Identification of Grass-Broadleaf-Sedge Weeds, Herbicide Application Methods and Cultural Controls (Jeff Derr, Virginia Tech)

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM                  Program Evaluation and CEUs for the Day (Gary Knox, UF North Florida Research and Education Center)

 

“Exotics versus Natives: the Battle Goes on!” sponsored by the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council

The GA-EPPC, Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, invites you to the Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 6th, 2013, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The conference will be held at Middle Georgia State College,Professional Sciences Center – West Campus, Macon GA.
GA-EPPC’s goals are to focus attention on the adverse effects exotic pest plants have on the diversity of Georgia’s native plants and animals; the use of exotic pest plant management to prevent habitat loss; the socioeconomic impacts of these plants; changes in the seriousness of the different exotic pest plants over time and the need to exchange information which helps land owners and managers set priorities for exotic pest plants management.
The keynote message “The Population Biology of Exotic Species: Where is the Management Message?” will be delivered by Dr. Julie Lockwood from Rutgers University.
Our exciting program does not end there—Dr. Doria Gordon, University of Florida, will review the accuracy of risk assessments and discuss their application to species considered for bioenergy crops or other uses.  Dr. Kris Braman, University of Georgia, will talk about her research into improving the sustainability of landscape pest management through integrating natural enemies and alternative control technologies into IPM.  Eamonn Leonard will share details of Georgia Department of Natural Resources involvement in organizing coastal Georgia cooperative invasive species management areas (CISMAs). Dr. Leslie Edwards from Georgia State University will discuss her latest book “Natural Communities of Georgia”.
Vendors present at the conference will be: Trillium Gardens, Nearly Native Nursery, Georgia Forestry Commission, The Longleaf Alliance, Dow-Agro Science, Invasive Plant Control, GA-EEPC and Bugwood (Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia).
Do not miss this important educational opportunity and join us on November 6th!
Pre-registration is required Registration fee is $75 and includes lunch, refreshments, and door prizes. 4 CEU credits for each of the categories 24, 26, and 27 also will be available or 10 private credit hours. To register go to:
https://ce.mga.edu/wconnect/ace/CourseStatus.awp?&course=13FMFAEXOTIC
For more information go to: www.gaeppc.org.

Regulatory Plant Issues for Nurseries

Regulatory Plant Issues: What You Must Do to Sell, Import or Export Live Plants from the State of Kansas
Jeff Vogel, Kansas Department of Agriculture

How do you stay up to date with plant quarantines, emerging pest threats and noxious weed lists? It can be very difficult to keep track of importing/exporting issues as well as other live plant sales concerns. Learn the most important aspects of regulatory plant issues from the state perspective.

 

Jeff is the Program Manager for the Plant Protection and Weed Control Program for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. His office works to ensure the health of the state’s native and cultivated plants by excluding or controlling destructive pests, diseases and weeds. His staff examines and analyzes pest conditions in crop fields, rangelands, greenhouses and nurseries.
http://www.ksda.gov/plant_protection/

“Bringing Nature Home”, sponsored by the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council

Do you care about protecting our native plant habitats from invasive plants? How can you tell which plants are invasive? Do you want to know how you can help? First step is to come to the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference on November 8th.

The GA-EPPC, Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, is having its Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, November 8th, 2012, from 9am to 4pm. The conference will be held at Stuckey Conference Center, UGA 1109 Experiment Street Griffin, Georgia.

GA-EPPC’s goals are to focus attention on the adverse effects invasive plants have on the diversity of Georgia’s native plants and animals; the use of invasive plant management to prevent habitat loss; the socioeconomic impacts of these plants; changes in the seriousness of the different invasive plants over time and the need to exchange information to help land owners and managers set priorities for invasive plant management.

For more information please visit http://www.gaeppc.org/

Free Webinar: Disease Management for Winter Annuals

Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia Extension Plant Pathologist, will present common winter annual flower diseases, what to watch for, and how to control them. This Webinar is free to all Landscape Contractors and Extension Professionals.

A complete schedule and archive of Landscape Professional webinars may be found at http://ugaurbanag.com/webinars

These webinars are easily viewed with a smart phone or iPad so you can be on the run.

 

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