UMass Extension Plant Identification

The Ins and Outs of Biological Control

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Publick House

Cost: $40 per person; $35 per person for three or more registrations from the same company. Morning coffee, refreshments and handouts included in registration.

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9:00 – 9:30   Registration, Coffee and Muffins

9:30 – 10:30  Banker Plants, Trap Plant and Habitat Planters
Cheryl Frank, Greenhouse IPM, University of Vermont
Banker plants, Trap plants and Habitat planters can be useful tools as part of a biological control program in greenhouses and outdoor production yards. Learn about the different systems, which plants are best and how they can be incorporated into your biocontrol program.

10:30 – 10:45    Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:45    Conserving Pollinators and Natural Enemies in Our Horticulture Businesses
Kimberly Stoner, Department of Entomology, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Pollinators, and many insect natural enemies, need clean sources of nectar and pollen to survive. Kim will talk about the movement of specific pesticides into pollen and nectar,  and, on the positive side, how many plants grown as cut flowers, herbs, or cover crops are heavily visited by a diversity of bee species and can help to provide season-long sources of pollen and nectar for them.

11:45 – 12:45     Lunch on your own (see options*)

12:45 – 1:45   It’s a Bug Eat Bug World: Current Research on Biological Control
Betsy Lamb Ornamentals IPM Coordinator, Cornell University
It seems like the need for research on biocontrol increases just as fast as the number of growers trying it out.
Current Cornell research includes the effect of cool growing temperatures on fungus gnat biocontrol, using Aphidoletes for aphid management, the effect of pollen on biocontrol and more!

1:45 – 2:00        Break

2:00 – 3:00        Grower to Grower
Kerri Stafford, Cavicchio Greenhouses,  Mark Kelley, Grower Direct, Roger McGaughrey, Pioneer Gardens, Karen McNaughton, Mahoney's Garden Centers
What better way to end the day, than by hearing from growers who actually are using biological control, natural enemies, banker plant and habitat planters. Hear what the growers are using, how they have changed and evolved, what’s working, what is not in this ever changing world of biological control for greenhouse crops.

Four contact hours for pesticide recertification have been approved.

*Lunch options:

* Bring your own

* Pre-purchase a box lunch from Publick House at the registration desk on Nov. 6 (the box lunch costs $13 and includes choice of sandwich, (Turkey with American Cheese lettuce tomato on wheat or Ham with Swiss Cheese lettuce tomato on rye
or Goat Cheese, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato on wheat), Condiments, Bag of Chips, (1) large Chocolate Chip Cookie and Beverage

* or Publick House restaurant or fast food restaurants within a short drive.

Partial funding for this program is from a grant from New England Floriculture Inc. sponsors of the Northeast Greenhouse Conference.

This program is co-sponsored by UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program and UConn Extension

Contact: Tina Smith, UMass Extension, 413-545-5306 or Leanne Pundt, UConn Extension, 860-626-6240

Contact's name: 
Tina Smith
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Contact's email: 
277 Main St., Route 131
Sturbridge, MA 01566
United States
277 Main St., Route 131 Sturbridge MA