Registration now open for the Oregon boxwood health workshop

Registration now open for the Oregon boxwood health workshop

Designed to educate growers, each session will provide the attendees with the latest research and give them actionable tactics to implement in the nursery.

September 13, 2022

The Horticultural Research Institute is teaming up with Oregon State University, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the Oregon Association of Nurseries to bring growers boxwood blight best management practices and research updates. Designed to educate growers, each session will provide the attendees with the latest research and give them actionable tactics to implement in the nursery. The cost is $15. Registration is required; space is limited to 40 people.

Over a quarter of all boxwood (the #1 broadleaf evergreen shrub) production in the U.S. occurs in either Oregon, California or Washington. A handful of pests challenge boxwood production and landscape management, but boxwood blight has emerged as a significant threat. This disease is even more troublesome in the PNW since symptoms appear to be more subtle as compared with other regions.

USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University are bringing experts to the Willamette Valley for a workshop to talk about boxwood health.

Located at the Oregon State University North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon on Oct. 20, 2022, the Boxwood Health Workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m., with five distinct sessions. Following the last session, attendees have the option to visit an onsite boxwood blight research plot with the researchers. Speakers include experts from Oregon State University, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Specific topics include the latest updates on scouting and disease management tips, how nursery production practices and environment influence disease outbreaks, the boxwood blight infection risk app, fungicide selection and coverage and the ODA boxwood blight cleanliness program.

Anticipated pesticide recertification credits will be available from OR. For more information and to register for the event, visit: https://ofa.wufoo.com/forms/m1gsqbwq1gm44ed/.