Integrated Biological Pest Management Practices for Oregon Farms – a 2-day workshop
Learn the basics of on-farm beneficial insects and the conservation practices that promote them in vegetable production systems.
Date & Time: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 23-24, 2016
A two-day course for farmers, certifiers and agricultural professionals
Day 1 – NRCS Plant Materials Center, Corvallis, OR 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Full-day of classroom activities will cover the biology and identification of beneficial insects that prey on vegetable crop pests.
- Participants will learn annual and perennial insectary plantings used on PNW farms and the benefits they bring to the farm, including soil health.
- Design and establishment techniques will be presented.
- Participants will try their hand at habitat design and field ID of insects and plants at the PMC hedgerows.
Day 2 – Kenagy Family Farm & Persephone Farm 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- See conservation practices at work on two long-standing, highly successful vegetable farming systems; one is a conventional, processed vegetable farm and the other is a certified organic fresh market farm.
- Hands-on field activities will reinforce the identification of pests, beneficial insects, and native plants.
- Gain practical tips from experienced farmers and conservationists on insectary habitat planning, planting and establishment.
Registration: REQUIRED! $20 includes two days’ lunch and transportation to farms.
Presenters: Rex Dufour, California NCAT, Gwendolyn Ellen, Farmscaping for Beneficials Coordinator, OSU’s IPPC, and Corvallis PMC staff
This training is made possible by funds from the USDA, Western Sustainable Ag Research and Education Program and the Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Society. Programs supported by WSARE are equally open to all people.