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Fall Wrap-Up: 11/17 & 11/18

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Event date/time: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Type: 
Online
Price: 
$75 for each half-day program
$95 if registering for BOTH Woody Ornamentals on 11/17 and Turf on 11/18
How to Participate: 

Pre-registration required. The link to the webinar(s) will be included in your confirming email.

Join us via GoToWebinar for the end of season review of the challenges and problems of the 2021 season. Attendees can choose to attend either the landscape or turf session, or the entire two-day program. Both will be held as live webinars from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, with three topics on each day. There will be several breaks throughout each morning between talks.

Woody Ornamentals topics in the half-day session on Nov. 17 includes: 2021 Review: Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs; Review of Insect Pests and Diseases from the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab in 2021; and Strategies for Troublesome Landscape Weeds.

Turf topics in the half-day session on Nov. 18 includes: Turf Surface-Feeding Insect Spotlight, Plus a Jumping Worm Bonus; How Does Weather Impact Your Weed Management?; and Pro Tip… It’s All About the Roots!

Attendees can choose to attend either half-day session, or both days.

Financial Assistance Available: For eligible employers (must be located in Massachusetts), the Fall Wrap-Up registration fee may be partially reimbursed (up to 50%) through the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Express Grant Program. Employers should submit an online application to the Express Grant program at least sevearal weeks in advance of the event date. To find out if your company qualifies and to apply for benefits, go to http://workforcetrainingfund.org/apply/express-program/. The information needed to submit an Express Application for reimbursement is: 

  • If attending BOTH days:
    • Course Name: UMass Extension Fall Wrap-Up 2021
    • Course ID#: 1133891
    • Cost: $95 per person
  • If attending Day 1 ONLY (Woody Ornamental Landscape Topics):
    • Course Name: UMass Extension Fall Wrap-Up 2021: Day 1 - Woody Ornamental Landscape Topics
    • Course ID#: 1133922
    • Cost: $75 per person
  • If attending Day 2 ONLY (Turf Topics):
    • Course Name: UMass Extension Fall Wrap-Up 2021: Day 2 - Turf Topics
    • Course ID#: 1133923
    • Cost: $75 per person

CREDITS

  • Nov. 17 Session ONLY: 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, Dealer, or Applicators License. Association credits: 3 ISA, 1 MCA, 1 MCLP, and 1 MCH.
  • Nov. 18 Session ONLY: 2 pesticide contact hours for categories 37, Dealer, or Applicators License. Association credits: 1 MCH and 1 MCLP
  • BOTH DAYS: 5 for Dealer or Applicators License; 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 29 and 36, or 2 pesticide contact hours for category 37.  Association credits: 3 ISA, 1 MCA, 2 MCLP, and 2 MCH. 

AGENDA

NOVEMBER 17: WOODY ORNAMENTAL LANDSCAPE TOPICS

Time: 8:30 – 12:00 am

8:30 – 9:30 am:  2021 Review: Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs
Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist
Insects and their relatives always garner much attention in our managed landscapes and natural areas. This presentation will cover quick updates for the need-to-know invasives (ex. spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer, and surprise Lymantria dispar activity in western MA) and discuss recent stirring activity from browntail moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, and a quick note about jumping worms (insect relatives). Keep an eye out for some potential newcomers - box tree moth included. Accurately identifying insects is the first step in determining proper management strategies, also to be mentioned. 

9:30 – 9:45 am:  Break

9:45 – 10:45 am:  Review of Insect Pests and Diseases from the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab in 2021
Dr. Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist
This talk will review a variety of insect pests and disease-causing pathogens that were identified in the diagnostic lab over the 2021 growing season. 

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Strategies for Troublesome Landscape Weeds
Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
Whether they are summer annuals, winter annuals or perennials, this presentation will focus on several landscape weeds that give us the most trouble. Focus is on effective strategies and their timing, which is key to achieving effective management.

NOVEMBER 18: TURF TOPICS

Time: 8:30 – 12:00 pm

8:30 – 9:30 am:  Turf Surface-Feeding Insect Spotlight, Plus a Jumping Worm Bonus
Dr. Olga Kostromytska, Extension Assistant Professor and Turf Entomologist, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture 
This talk will focus on the biology and management of billbugs and chinchbugs, two surface feeding insect species that have been responsible for a growing number of headaches in southern New England over the last few seasons.  Some time will also be devoted to two additional pests currently generating a lot of attention in the industry: armyworms, and invasive jumping worms (aka crazy worms or snake worms).

9:30 – 9:45 am: Break

9:45 – 10:45 am:  How Does Weather Impact Your Weed Management?
Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
Weather plays an outsize role as we attempt to grow and care for plants. Informed decision making often relies on averages, but any given year is often far from average. As a result, green industry professionals typically spend valuable time watching the weather as it directly impacts their business. This talk will detail the effects of weather on weed growth and strategies to avoid marked impacts on herbicide performance.

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Pro Tip… It’s All About the Roots!
Jason Lanier, UMass Extension Turf Specialist

While out of sight below the soil surface, turf roots should be anything but out of mind. Roots make up the foundation of the turf system and are responsible for numerous functions critical for turf health and performance. This presentation will outline the role of roots in supporting turf management and use objectives, as well as practical approaches designed to promote and maintain a deep and extensive root system.

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's email: 
Contact's phone on day of event: 
413-545-0895
This event will be recorded: 
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