The Oregon Association of Nurseries, in partnership with Airtec Sprayers, is hosting a three-day webinar series to help growers stay up-to-date on the latest nursery pest management techniques and safety standards.
The expert-led webinars will take place Tuesday–Thursday, November 10–12, 2020. Sessions begin at 9:45 a.m. with speaker introductions and counting for attendance. Each presentation will run 10–11 a.m., and 15 minutes will be reserved for questions at the end. A comprehension quiz will also be available.
Every webinar is led by industry experts and has been designed to help nursery and greenhouse operators improve the efficiency of their integrated pest management (IPM) programs. Pesticide continuing education units (CEU) will be issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), and are in process for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) as well. To earn credit, attendees must register under their own name and attend the webinar in its entirety.
The webinar topics are as follows:
- Tuesday, November 10 — “Battle Botrytis! All about pathogen biology and management options,” with Dr. Luisa Santamaria, nursery pathology specialist at Oregon State University. Dr. Santamaria will discuss her current research on Botrytis and IPM solutions for greenhouse and outdoor nursery environments. In addition to best management practices for cultural control prevention, Dr. Santamaria will delve into the best biorational and chemical options for treatment.
- Wednesday, November 11 — “Calibration and water volume for efficient chemical applications,” with Tim Schaal and Dan Schaal of Airtec Sprayers Inc. Founded by Dale Schaal in 1992, Airtec Sprayers Inc. is a multigenerational family-owned business currently led by his sons, Tim Schaal (CEO) and Dan Schaal (vice president of sales). Dale worked closely with farmers and agricultural workers to develop innovative spraying technology used across the U.S., Latin America, and Canada. Tim and Dan will demonstrate proper water calibration for different types of sprayers for efficient and safe application of chemical controls.
- Thursday, November 12 — “Crop-adapted spraying (CAS) in nursery production,” with Brian Hill, nursery crops faculty research assistant at Oregon State University. Hill will define CAS and its practical application in nursery production based on planting arrangement, cultivar, maturity, and crop stage/season. The talk will provide a step-by-step method of adjusting sensor-based sprayer application rates while maintaining efficacy.
Registration is required for all webinars. The cost to attend one webinar (any day) is $20 for OAN members or $25 for non-members. OAN members can register for all three days for $50; non-members will pay $65. Registration with additional information about the sessions can be found by clicking here.