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Nursery pesticide efficiency workshop a success

Posted By Beth Farmer, Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Close to 60 people attended the half-day workshop, "Maximizing Pesticide Use Efficiency in Nurseries," held at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. on February 20. Sponsors and partners included the Oregon Association of Nurseries, Oregon State University, Oregon Environmental Council, Clackamas County SWCD, Clackamas River Basin Council and Clackamas River Water Providers.

The workshop was the first installment of a new Pesticide Efficiency and Integrated Pest Management program for Oregon nurseries, and a Pesticide Stewardship Partnership for the Clackamas Watershed. At least three more education events will be held in the Clackamas Watershed in 2014–15. Future topics include:

Pests and Diseases — June 2014

Weed Management — October 2014, and

Integrated Pest Management Planning for Nurseries — February 2015

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming workshops by logging on to OSU's Intergrated Plant Protection Center webpage.

The series was designed to assist nursery growers in improving their pesticide risk management and IPM planning. Specific goals are pesticide use efficiency and efficacy, and reduction of pesticide concentrations in the streams and rivers of the Clackamas Watershed. Funding for this series of workshops was provided by the Oregon Governor’s Fund for the Environment and USDA NIFA Extension-IPM.

On February 20, the inaugural workshop was held at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Topics covered included options for increasing pesticide use efficiency, while reducing pesticide risks through better pesticide selection, application management, and the use of forecasting tools. Participants saw a demonstration of OSU’s new Pesticide Risk Mitigation Engine (www.ipmprime.org), and also weather and pest risk forecasting tools that are available from the OSU Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) website (www.uspest.org/wea). By employing these tools, IPPC has demonstrated that applicators can reduce pest management costs, and improve efficacy in controlling pests, while also reducing offsite losses to surface waters.

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