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Training on newest insect/mite control methods set for February and March


An integrated pest management course designed to help ornamental crop producers better manage insect and mite pests will be offered throughout February and early March in Canton, Fort Worth, Houston, Jacksonville and McKinney.

"There's a lot of insect pests out there, and a wide range of products to control them," said Dr. Scott Ludwig, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist and integrated pest management specialist who designed the course.

Commercial greenhouse and nursery producers have been dealing with pests for decades, but with labor shortages and increased costs, it would behoove growers to understand how to most "effectively use the control options available," Ludwig said.

"Everything is becoming more expensive," Ludwig said. "So if you're going to apply an insecticide, you want it to be the most cost- and time-effective treatment you can make."

All meetings will cover:

--An overview of the insecticides and miticides on the market today.

--The biology of the major insect and mite pests to provide effective control.

--Developing management programs that will decrease the likelihood of pests developing tolerance to key insecticides.

Those attending will be eligible to earn three continuing education units, one in the integrated pest management and two in the general category, toward renewal of the their Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators license. Texas certified nursery and certified landscape professionals will receive three continuing education units toward recertification.

"Producers attending will gain a better understanding of how to successfully use the insecticides and miticides on the market today, and how they fit into an integrated pest management program," Ludwig said.

Preregistration is $25 per person and can be done online with a check, credit or debit card at http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/events. At-the-door registration will be $35, checks and cash only.

The trainings will be held at these locations and times: In Canton, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 10 at the Farm Bureau Building, 281 E. Hwy 243.

In Fort Worth, from 9 a.m. to noon on March 5 in the AgriLife Extension office, Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor Street, Suite 500. Driving directions can be found at http://tarrant-tx.tamu.edu/map.htm .

In Houston, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 11 at the AgriLife Extension office in Harris County, 3033 Bear Creek Drive.

In Jacksonville, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 26 at the Woodman of the World Building, 1800 College Avenue.

In McKinney, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 25 at the Landing at Myers Park Event Center, 7117 County Road 166. More information can be found at http://www.co.collin.tx.us/parks/myers/MyersCC.pdf.

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