If you’re a hazelnut or hop grower be sure to check out OMAFRA’s training workshops for growers this spring!
Hazelnut growers training workshop: Wednesday, May 8 2019, 1-4:30 pm
Interested in learning more about hazelnut insect and disease pests? This 3.5 hour workshop will provide hazelnut growers, scouts and industry members with an overview of integrated pest management in hazelnuts. Topics covered include: establishing a healthy hazelnut orchard, hazelnut growth and development, diseases (eastern filbert blight, bacterial blight); insects (filbert bud mite, Japanese beetle, hazelnut aphid, foliar mites, hazelnut weevil, filbertworm, obliquebanded leafroller and early season caterpillar defoliators), and vertebrate pests. While much of the session will be indoors, there will be a trip to the Simcoe Research Station’s hazelnut orchard to learn how to scout a hazelnut orchard and look at pests currently present on trees. Although the main focus is identification, management will also be discussed. A minimum of 10 registrants is required to run this session. Deadline to register: Friday May 3, 2019. See registration details below.
Hop growers training workshop: Thursday April 4 2019, 6-8:30 pm
Join OMAFRA specialists Melanie Filotas and Evan Elford for a 2 1/2 hour indoor work-shop will provide hop growers, scouts and industry members with an overview of integrated pest management in hops. Topics covered include: scouting a hop yard, pest diagnostics 101, hop diseases (downy mildew, powdery mildew, viruses, cone blights and others); hop insects (two-spotted spider mite, potato leafhopper, Japanese beetle, aphids and caterpillars); and abiotic conditions in the hop yard. Focus will be on scouting and identification, however management techniques for major pests will also be discussed. A minimum of 10 registrants are required for this workshop to run. Deadline to register: Monday April 1st. See registration details below.