This workshop is a hands-on workshop for ornamental or horticultural crop growers that will help you properly identify pests and beneficials commonly found in our area. We will have many live samples for you to view. On-hand we will have the Florida experts on insect pests and beneficials, Drs. Catharine Mannion (Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead), Steven Arthurs (Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka), and Hugh Smith (Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Balm). We will be focusing on whiteflies, thrips, mites, scales, and mealybugs. We will also discuss strategies to conserve pollinators. Resources for more information on pest and beneficial ID will be presented. The workshop will be held at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm on June 26, 2014. Sign in starts at 8:00 am. The cost will be $25.00. CEUs (Core and Private) and lunch will be available. Register online by following this link. http://tiny.cc/pandb_insect_id
Here is the agenda
08:30-08:50 Introductions and Welcome
08:50-09:20 Basic entomology review
09:20-11:20 Hands-on identification of key arthropod pests of horticultural and ornamental crops and their natural enemies
09:20 – 10:00 Whiteflies (Bondar’s nesting, rugose, ficus, giant, silverleaf) and their natural enemies
10-:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:50 Thrips, spider mites, broad mites, aphids and natural enemies
10:50 – 11:30 Scales and mealy bugs and their natural enemies.
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch (provided)
12:00 – 12:50 Managing pests and conserving beneficial arthropods.
12:50 – 13:20 Available resources-
13:20 – 13:40 Wrap up, evaluations and CEUs