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Fall Wrap-Up: Landscape Woody Ornamental 12/2 or Turf 12/4 Topics

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Event date/time: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Type: 
Online

Join us via GoToWebinar for a review of the challenges and problems of the 2020 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 Dec. 2 includes: Review of Pests and Diseases; Year in Review of Troublesome Insect and Mite Pests of Woody Plants; and Four Difficult-to-Manage Landscape Weeds.

Turf topics in the half-day session on Dec. 4 includes: A Tough Year for Turf: Lawn Health Issues Observed in the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab; Five Difficult-to-Manage Turf Weeds; and The Turf Entomologist’s Season in Review.

Attendees can choose to attend either half-day sessions, 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 4 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: 

  • Course Name: UMass Extension Fall Wrap-Up
  • Course ID#: 1127338
  • $95 for both sessions; $75 for one session

CREDITS

Dec. 2 Session ONLY: 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36 , Dealer, or Applicators License. Association credits: 2 ISA, 1 MCA, 1 MCLP, and 1 MCH
Dec. 4 Session ONLY: 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 37, Dealer, or Applicators License. Association credits: 1 MCH and 1 MCLP
BOTH DAYS: 6 for Dealer and Applicators License; 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, or 37. Association credits: 2 ISA, 1 MCA, 2 MCLP, and 2 MCH

AGENDA

DECEMBER 2 SESSION: WOODY ORNAMENTAL LANDSCAPE TOPICS

Time: 8:30 – 12:00 am

8:30 – 9:30 am: Review of Pests and Diseases from the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab
Dr. Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist
This talk will cover some of the prominent and lesser known pests and pathogens observed in the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab in 2020. Examples will include anthracnose diseases of oak and maple, flowering cherry health issues, vascular wilt diseases, and stem/branch cankering pathogens as well as  environmental stresses such as extreme heat. When applicable, management options will be discussed. 

9:30 – 9:45 am:  Break

9:45 – 10:45 am: Year in Review of Troublesome Insect Pests of Woody Plants
Tawny Simisky, Entomology Specialist, UMass Extension
2020 has been less than normal, to say the least, but one thing you can always count on - insects feeding on trees and shrubs in our landscapes! There were some interesting insects reported by professionals and property owners in Massachusetts this year. We'll review updates for some of the usual suspects (EAB MA update; ALB new national detection in South Carolina, continued bagworm activity), and take a look at some of the interesting species seen in 2020: white satin moth caterpillars, prominent moth caterpillar feeding on oak, and briefly mention some interesting non-pest species reported this season. Accurately identifying insects is the first step in determining proper management strategies.

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Four Difficult-to-Manage Landscape Weeds
Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
This presentation will provide management strategies for a few of the most difficult-to-control landscape weeds. Detailed management information for yellow nutsedge, horsetail, and invasive Japanese knotweed and Oriental bittersweet will be discussed.

DECEMBER 4 SESSION: TURF TOPICS

Time: 8:30 – 12:00 pm

8:30 – 9:30 am: 2020 - A Tough Year for Turf: Lawn Health Issues Observed in the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab
Dr. Angela Madeiras, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist 
Discussion of the most common lawn health issues encountered in the UMass Extension Diagnostic Lab this past summer. Topics include heat and drought damage, summer patch, and “black lawn syndrome.”

9:30 – 9:45 am: Break

9:45 – 10:45 am: Five Difficult-to-Manage Turf Weeds
Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
This presentation will provide management strategies for five turf weeds that turf professionals commonly struggle to control. Detailed management information for crabgrass, yellow nutsedge, creeping bentgrass, wild violets and ground ivy will be discussed.

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: 2020: The Turf Entomologist’s Season in Review
Dr. Olga Kostromytska, Extension Assistant Professor and Turf Entomologist, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Unique challenges seem to be everywhere these days, and turf insect management is no exception.  Dr. Kostromytska will discuss ID, monitoring, and management of some of the most frequently encountered issues of the last several months including white grubs and pollinators, billbugs, crane flies, and jumping (crazy) worms.

Price: 
$75 for each half-day program
$95 if registering for BOTH Woody Ornamentals on 12/2 and Turf on 12/4
How to Participate: 

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

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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366 Main St Sturbridge MA