Oak Gall Wasp Meeting for Producers

Do you have problems with gall wasps?  Have you had marketability issues with live oaks because of galls?  Do you grow 'Cathedral' live oaks?  Well, you will want to come out to our meeting on live oak gall wasps.  On March 18, 2013 here at our Extension office, at 10:30 am, you can meet the researcher who literally wrote the book on gall wasps, Dr. Eileen Buss.  She will tell us what we know about different gall wasps.  There are a few that negatively impact oak production in our area.  I have seen leafy galls, bullet galls, a stem gall, and potato gall.  Sometimes these wasps can be so bad as to render a crop unsaleable. Dr. Buss will also let us know what we currently know about controlling these pests and what we know about their life cycle.  This meeting is also designed to get feedback from you to help us identify where we need to go next with the research to control this problem.  Dr. Buss will work with us in our area to solve these problems.  If you grow live oaks I hope to see you at our meeting.  Please call Shawn for more details 813-744-5519 ext147.

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