| ||An upcoming workshop will address how biocontrols can fit into an integrated pest management (IPM) plan to help in greenhouse growing operations. Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry says biological controls are gaining in popularity.
“Biologicals are huge right now in greenhouse production and we’re seeing people introduce them and monitor them carefully for pests but at the same time aren’t quite sure where to take it from there,” he says.
The hands-on workshop will help guide growers past those questions to ensure maximum return on investment.
“It’s sort of an IPM 2.0 on how to take your beneficials to the next level, what growers need to be doing to maximize your investment in an integrated pest management program,” Morton says.
During the free workshop at Thiel’s Greenhouses, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans of Buglady Consulting will be discussing different approaches to biologicals, methods of applying them, how best to treat incoming plants and hotspots, and also share her experience from other industries. Bob and Nadine Stielow, owners of Thiel’s Greenhouse, have been using biologicals for a number of years and will have active examples in their program to observe and work with.
The What’s Eating You? Taking Biocontrols and Integrated Pest Management to the Next Level workshop is March 23 in Bruderheim. To register, call 1-800-387-6030.