ENTOMOLOGY SHORT COURSE @ Soergel's Orchard, Allegheny County
8:45-10:15 AM Introduction to Horticultural Entomology Part 1
The Orders of Horticulturally important insects and other arthropods will be reviewed, including pests and beneficial species that can be found in greenhouses, nurseries, landscapes and turfgrass. The participants will learn key identification features that will improve on-site identification. This will help the participants to be better able to determine whether insects observed in the field or landscape are pests or beneficials, and will help them to determine whether management of the insects is necessary.
10:30-11:30 AM Introduction to Horticultural Entomology Part 2
The Orders of Horticulturally important insects and other arthropods will be reviewed, including pests and beneficial species that can be found in greenhouses, nurseries, landscapes and turfgrass. The participants will learn key identification features that will improve on-site identification. This will help the participants to be better able to determine whether insects observed in the field or landscape are pests or beneficials, and will help them to determine whether management of the insects in necessary.
11:30 AM -12:00 PM Keying Out Insects Exercise. This hands-on activity will give participants the opportunity to use identification keys to identify samples of live and preserved pests and beneficial insects.
12:45-1:45 PM Horticulturally Important Piercing-Sucking Insects. The major orders and common species of piercing-sucking insects that attack greenhouse, nursery crops, interiorscape and landscape plantings will be identified. The classes of insecticides that best control these pests will be discussed.
1:45 – 2:45 Core Topic- : Pesticides and Pollinators. Requesting Core Credits. Description: This presentation describes the Impact of pesticides on pollinators and teaches strategies for protecting pollinators while making pest management decisions.
3:00 to 4:00 PM Managing Insect Pests with IPM Part 1: Recognizing and conserving beneficials. (1 hour) Presented by Sandy Feather, The three P’s of Biological Control (Predators, Parasitoids and Pathogens) will be discussed. Common, naturally occurring beneficial insects will be identified and discussed, including their lifecycle and the pests that they consume. Methods of conservation of beneficial insects will be discussed, including plants that attract them, and selection of pesticides that are soft on beneficials. The use of entomopathogenic nematodes for the control of insect pests will also be discussed.
8:30-9:00 AM Horticulturally Important Wood or Phloem Boring Insects. - The major species of wood boring insects that attack nursery crops and landscape plantings will be identified. Their lifecycles will be discussed including the times in their life that they are most susceptible to insecticide management. The classes of insecticides that best control these pests will be discussed.
9:00-10:15 AM Managing Insect Pests with IPM Part 2– Scouting Techniques, Phenology, Growing Degree Days and Key Plant/Key Pests - Scouting is an integral part of an IPM program, and proper scouting can ensure the usage and timing of pesticide applications. Methods of scouting will be discussed. Phenology and growing degree days are methods which green industry professionals can use to predict pest activity in field-production nurseries, landscapes and turfgrass, and thus better target their scouting activities. Specific examples of pests and pest activity forecasting will be given. Participants will also be introduced to the idea of key plants/key pests so that they can implement best practices for scouting for pests. Phenology and growing degrees can help green industry professionals improve their timing of pesticide products and reduce unneeded pesticide applications.
10:30-11:30 PM Horticulturally Important Chewing Insects. - The major orders and common species of chewing insects (aka defoliators) that attack greenhouse, nursery crops, interiorscape and landscape plantings and turfgrass will be identified. The classes of insecticides that best control these pests will be discussed.
11:30-12:00 PM Invasive Insect Pests and Mimics – Invasive insects such as Emerald Ash Borers, Asian Longhorn Beetle and Sirex Woodwasp will be identified and discussed. Current recommendations for the management of these invasive pests will be presented.
12:45-1:30 Horticulturally Important Leafminers and Gall Makers. - Many insects and mites cause galls to form on plants. Participants will learn to identify common galls caused by arthropods, and differentiate them from galls caused by pathogens. The biology of the gall makers will be reviewed, and the management with pesticides will be discussed.
1:30-2:00 PM Turfgrass Pests and Management - In this presentation we will discuss the most common turfgrass pests and discuss their biology and management. White grubs, billbugs, chinch bugs and armyworms will be discussed.
2:15-3:15 PM Managing Insect Pests with IPM Part 3– Insecticide MOAs and Rotation. Pesticide Use using an IPM strategy will be discussed. Insecticide Mode of Action will be explained. This presentation will help participants to understand how insecticides work, the importance of rotation management, and how to make insecticide choices choices for effective pest management while protecting non-target organisms.
3:15-3:45 Post-course Quiz and review
Ruth Benner: Penn State Extension : Commercial Greenhouse and Nursery IPM Educator. B.S. in Horticulture from Penn State University. M.S. in Entomology from University of Florida. Penn State Educator since 2007.
Sandra Feather: Penn State Extension: Commercial Horticulture Educator.
For more information and to register click here: Entomology Short Course
This 2 day course qualifies for 12 PCH CEUs.