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Greenhouse Production 2019 – Focus on Pest Management!

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Event date/time: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Event location: 
Holiday Inn & Suites

Join us to hear the latest in greenhouse pest management to gear up for the 2019 season.


8:00-9:00 Registration and coffee/tea
9:00 - 10:00 Strategies for Success with Biological Control – Forecasting, Quality Control and Storage Ronald Valentin, Former Head Technical Support – North America, Bioline AgroSciences
For a successful biological control program, timing of application, quality control and storage of biological control agents (BCAs) is very important. In this presentation Ron will discuss how to forecast for BCAs needed, how to assess quality and how to properly store BCAs.
10:00 - 10:10 Break
10:10 - 11:10 Strategies for Success with Biological Control – Forecasting, Quality Control and Storage... continued...
11:15 - 12:15 Top 5 Troublesome Insect and Mite Pests, Plus Some Dishonorable Mentions        
Dr. John Sanderson, Associate Professor of Entomology, Cornell University
Dr. Sanderson will cover the identification and control of major insect and mite pests of greenhouse crops including, aphids, thrips, mites (spider mites and broad mites), fungus gnats, whiteflies and briefly mention others. The discussion will also include tips on the most effective approaches to manage these pests.
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch (on your own, see options*) and Networking
1:15 - 2:15 Using Mineral Nutrition to Prevent Diseases in Greenhouse Crops
Dr. Wade Elmer, Dept. Head, Plant Pathology and Ecology, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Mineral nutrients are essential for growth of plants and are important in plant-disease interactions. Dr. Elmer will discuss how mineral nutrients affect plant response to disease
2:15 - 3:15 Utilizing Biofungicides to Manage Diseases in Greenhouse Crops
Dr. Anissa Poleatewich, Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire
Integrated pest management (IPM) is the new normal in the greenhouse. Microbes and other biofungicides are now playing an important role in IPM for managing diseases of greenhouse crops. In this presentation, Dr. Poleatewich will detail biological control of plant diseases in the greenhouse while highlighting available biofungicide products.
3:15 - 3:30 Pesticide Credits Awarded and Adjourn


To pay by credit card:

To pay by check: Complete the printable registration form and return by mail.

The registration fee is $60 per person.  The registration fee includes morning coffee or tea and handouts.

*Lunch options:  Pre-purchase bagged lunch at time of check in (paid directly to Holiday Inn, cash only)
or eat in the Holiday Inn house restaurant or fast food restaurants within a short drive.

Pesticide Credits

6 pesticide re-certification credits in Massachusetts category 26 (greenhouse) have been approved for this program, valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.


Geoffrey Njue at (781) 891-0650 x 12,  
Jason Lanier at (413) 545-2965,

A portion of the financial support for this program is provided by an endowment fund that supports the UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program. To learn more about this endowment or to make a gift, visit:

265 Lakeside Avenue
Marlborough, MA 01752
265 Lakeside Avenue Marlborough MA