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NEVBGA and New England Cooperative Extension Winter Meeting
February 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm$20
There is a $20 registration fee, which is waived for members of NEV&BGA. Lunch buffet is an additional $25.
To register, please RSVP to 978-423-6694 or email@example.com by February 10th
9:30 Potential soil-based weed management techniques in small fruit- Changing the soil can change which plants thrive. Maria Gannett is the new weed management extension educator at UMass and has experience with soil-based weed management tools. Some of these techniques may be helpful for managing weeds in berry production systems. Learn how soil can affect weed growth and share your thoughts on these strategies.
10:15 Endangered Species Program & FIFRA- Facilitated by Andrea Szylvian of EPA Region 1, and Dr. Kelly Tindall. Dr. Tindall is the US EPA Senior Science Advisor in the Office of Pesticide Programs in Washington D.C. This session will review the complexities in the new rules involving farmers and the Endangered Species Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act or FIFRA.
11:00 Hot water seed treatment, do we really need it? – The UMass Vegetable team will discuss the disease ramifications of seed borne diseases and how hot water seed treatment can help alleviate problems from the greenhouse to the field. A hands-on demonstration of the process will be on display.
Noon LUNCH & Commercial Member introductions, extension updates, NEVBGA updates
1:00 Spotted Lanternfly: Biology, identification, and impacts– Elizabeth Barnes, MDAR. This presentation will cover spotted lanternfly biology, identification, and preferred host plants as well as the current state of spotted lanternfly in Massachusetts. Spotted lanternfly is an invasive sap-feeding insect that can kill grape and weakens over 100 other species of plant. Additionally, spotted lanternfly produces a sticky, sugary substance called honeydew which grows mold, attracts stinging insects, and makes a general mess.
1:45 Strawberry Grower Panel– A collection of seasoned strawberry growers will discuss their production methods, successes, failures. Growers will highlight how they strategize production and marketing of this valuable crop.
2:30 Cucurbit Update – Chris Hernandez Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding, UNH Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems. The UNH Cucurbit program conducts breeding efforts in squash, pumpkins, and melons. The research program seeks to understand the genetics of important stakeholder traits such as marketable yield, disease resistance, and nutritional quality.
** 4 Pesticide recertification credits has been approved for this meeting **
Commercial members are welcome to put up table-top displays.