Northeastern IPM Center offers “IPM toolbox” series

Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information? The Northeastern IPM Center has got the answers with their new spring webinar series, “The IPM Toolbox.” Experts will join IPM Center staff online for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort.

It can be challenging to know how to implement IPM, whether for the beginner or advanced gardener, grower, or commercial operator. The IPM Toolbox webinar series will share IPM tools that improve environmental and social health and maintain profitability.

In our very first series, Carol Glenister of IPM Laboratories, Inc., will discuss Biocontrols and Juliet Carroll from the NYS IPM Program will talk about IPM Weather Apps. See details below.

Both webinars will be viewable online live and recorded for future viewing.

Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 am

Biocontrols

Carol Glenister, IPM Laboratories, Inc.

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IPM Laboratories, Inc., supplies beneficial organisms for the biological control of pests and supports their successful use. They produce seven species of beneficial organisms and distribute more than 45 others. IPM Laboratories was founded in 1981, offering pest management and consulting services. In 1985, they began producing beneficial insects, and published their first catalog and newsletter for the greenhouse and nursery industry in 1988. Today they supply beneficial insects and information in the form of articles, fact sheets, and conference presentations on integrated pest management, individual pests, and environments.

Carol Glenister is the founder and president of IPM Laboratories, and is a pioneer in commercial biological control and IPM. She has been strongly dedicated to the study and promotion of biological control since 1974. She has a Bachelor of Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master’s Degree in Entomology from Cornell University. Carol is an active collaborator in the development of industry-wide standards of conduct and quality control through the Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers.

Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30 am

IPM Weather Apps and NEWA

Dr. Juliet Carroll, New York State IPM Program

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Climate change is impacting weather patterns with more severe and intense weather events, such as rainfall exceeding 1.5 inches per hour, hail, and earlier spring warmth followed by freeze events. All impact crop production by impeding the ability to get into fields with flooded soil, damaging crops directly, or reducing crop yields. Warmer, wetter weather encourages plant diseases and promotes earlier arrival of insect pests. Growers benefit from 30 IPM and crop management tools built from weather data available in NEWA, the Network for Environment and Weather Applications that was created by the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. NEWA’s tools help growers reduce pesticide inputs, improve spray timing, be alerted about pest risk levels, and enhance management practices, directly benefiting New York fruit and vegetable growers and our food supply and the environment. In 2007, apple, grape, onion, and potato growers reported saving, on average, $19,500 per year in spray costs and preventing $264,000 per year in crop loss as a direct result of using NEWA pest forecast tools. 99% of NEWA end users would recommend NEWA to growers. NEWA’s free web-based apps provide open-access to end-user friendly tools providing decision support, based on real-time weather, placing the ability to respond to severe weather events in the palm of the grower’s hand. Enjoying 2.6 million page views in 2014, newa.cornell.edu, has grown into a network of 395 weather stations reaching into 22 states in the Eastern United States.

Dr. Juliet Carroll has led the New York State IPM Program’s weather network, NEWA, the Network for Environment and Weather Applications, since 2005. As the Fruit IPM Coordinator for New York State, she recognizes the importance of weather in driving disease and insect development in orchards and vineyards and has worked with colleagues across the Northeast to develop NEWA into a user-friendly suite of apps to assist growers in their IPM and crop management decisions. In addition to leading NEWA, she helps fruit growers in New York use IPM tactics to protect their crops from insects, diseases, and weeds with minimum risk to the environment, their health, and crop yield. She holds a BS from the University of Maine in botany, an MS from the University of Massachusetts in plant pathology, and a PhD from Cornell University in plant pathology.

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