Join our UMass Extension Specialists for a look at the challenges and problems of the 2018 season.
Topics on woody ornamentals in the morning session include: Invasive Insects in Massachusetts: 2018 Updates; What We Saw in the Plant Diagnostic Lab in 2018; and Managing Tough Landscape Weeds.
Turf topics in the afternoon session include: Best Management Practices for Managing Grassy Weeds in Turf; Strategies for Managing Turf Damaging Pests in an IPM System; and BMPs that Maximize Turfgrass Tolerance to Stress and Pests.
Attendees can choose to attend either the morning or afternoon sessions, or the entire day.
Morning Session ONLY: 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 36 or Applicators License
Afternoon Session ONLY: 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 37 or Applicators License
ENTIRE DAY: 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 36 and 37; 6 for Applicators License
Association credits: 2 MCA, 2 MCLP, and 1 MCH credits available
To pay by check: Complete the printable registration form and return by mail.
To pay by credit card:
- HALF day only - https://umasscafe.irisregistration.com/Form/wrap-uphalfda2018
- ENTIRE day - https://umasscafe.irisregistration.com/Form/wrap-up2018
8:00 Registration & check-in
MORNING SESSION: WOODY ORNAMENTAL LANDSCAPE TOPICS
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Invasive Insects in Massachusetts: 2018 Updates - Ken Gooch, DCR
Massachusetts has a long history with invasive, non-native insects. Unfortunately, newcomers continue to arrive and spread. This presentation will provide an overview and updates regarding recent activity concerning winter moth (Operophtera brumata), gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) as well as one of the relative newcomers to the United States, the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). Life cycles and management of these insects will be discussed.
What We Saw in the Plant Diagnostic Lab in 2018 - Dr. Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist
Every growing season poses unique growing challenges, and 2018 was no exception. This session will take a look at some of the more common and more unique woody plant disease samples that came into the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab this year, and include a discussion on diagnosis and management.
Managing Tough Landscape Weeds - Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
This presentation will help landscape professionals to manage difficult to control landscape weeds. Strategies for management of common hard-to-control weeds and invasive plants will be discussed.
11:30 – 12:45 LUNCH (on your own for those attending the entire day)
AFTERNOON SESSION: TURF TOPICS
Time: 12:45 – 3:45 pm
Best Management Practices for Managing Grassy Weeds in Turf - Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
Successful management of grassy weeds in turf requires correctly matching practices with appropriate timing for specific weed species. The 2018 growing season provided many weed challenges. In addition to addressing good management practices, this presentation will cover common reasons for inadequate or failed weed control and corrective measures that can taken.
Strategies for Managing Turf Damaging Pests in an IPM System - Dr. Olga Kostromytska, Turf and Managed Landscapes Entomologist, UMass Amherst
Understanding life cycles is critical to effective turf damaging insect management. This presentation will address several insect pests that have proven troublesome, and the most effective management strategies to incorporate into an integrated management program.
BMPs that Maximize Turfgrass Tolerance to Stress and Pests - Dr. Michelle DaCosta, Associate Professor of Turfgrass Physiology , UMass Amherst
Turfgrass plants under environmental stress are more likely to be impacted by damaging insects, diseases and weeds. Topics covered include: how to distinguish whether turf decline or damage is due to pests or abiotic stressors as well as BMPS to maximize turf pest and stress tolerance.