Agricultural researchers at the three Northwest land grant universities are hosting a series of train-the-trainer workshops on integrated pest management in June.
The series includes two three-day workshops:
• At the Oregon State University Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center on June 8, 9 and 10.
• At the Washington State University Whitman County Extension Center in Colfax on June 24, 25 and 26.
Two more will be held in 2016, said Silvia Rondon, OSU Extension entomologist specialist.
The workshops are designed for extension field faculty, agency professionals and crop consultants. They will include presentations on monitoring techniques, pest identification and pest management techniques.
“It’s all about increasing use of IPM in the region,” Rondon said. She added that the workshop are “very region specific.”
The land grant universities have offered short courses on IPM for control of insects in years past, Rondon said, but this is the first year the universities are adding diseases and weeds to the course agendas.
As part of the courses, participants will be provided materials for collecting weeds, insects and diseased plant tissue.
Participation is limited to no more than 20 per session, and the workshops “are very hands on,” Rondon said.
All sessions will also be available on line, she said.
More information is available at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/umatilla/ipm