March 16: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs & Pollinators will be 7-9:30 p.m. in the Cougar Auditorium at Everett, Wash. Dave Pehling, extension pest management specialist and beekeeper, will discuss distinguishing bad insects from good. Master Gardener Diane Decker-Ihle will focus on cultural and physical techniques to prevent disease and pests from damaging crops.
March 19: Pest Identification & Sprayer Best Practices/Calibration will be 9 a.m.-noon at the Stillaguamish Grange in Stanwood. Identifying pests – including the brown marmorated stink bug and spotted wing drosophila – and organic and conventional approaches to minimizing their impact will be led by Michelle Moyer, extension viticulturist, and Gwen Hoheisel, regional extension specialist. A hands-on session with backpack sprayers will follow.
Those completing the session will be eligible for two state agriculture department pesticide certification credits. For more information and to register, visit http://grapeipm.brownpapertickets.com/.
March 19: Designing Grapevine Disease Management Programs will be 1-4 p.m. at the Stillaguamish Grange in Stanwood. Participants will design a vineyard disease management program with an emphasis on powdery mildew and botrytis bunch rot biology and strategies. Discussions will focus on integrating chemical and cultural practices for optimal control with an eye to modes-of-action rather than specific chemicals, so it can be adapted to both organic and conventional management strategies.
Those completing the session will be eligible for three state agriculture department pesticide certification credits. For more information and to register, visit http://grapeipm.brownpapertickets.com/.
Kate Ryan Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 360-794-6081, firstname.lastname@example.org