Just a reminder that a Hops IPM training session will be held this Friday, April 8th from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Woodstock-OMAFRA Resource Centre. Anyone interested in attending is asked to pre-register, as there are limited spots available in the venue. To register, call the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300, or the OHGA. See below for a full description.
Hops Scouting and Integrated Pest Management Training
Woodstock OMAFRA Resource Centre – Large Boardroom
Unit1—401 Lakeview Dr., Woodstock, ON
Friday, April 8, 2016
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Melanie Filotas, Specialty Crops IPM Specialist, OMAFRA
Hops have a large complex of pests that can affect yield and quality. These require careful monitoring and management to keep pest populations below economically damaging levels, but identification and management can be a challenge. This 2 1/2 hour indoor workshop 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, fusarium canker, Verticillium wilt); Hop Insects (two-spotted spider mite, potato leafhopper, Japanese beetle, caterpillar pests, general defoliators); and Natural enemies in the hop yard. Focus will be on scouting and identification, however management techniques for major pests will also be discussed. A follow-up, in field workshop will be held later in the season.
Two more pest managment-related field days will be held for hops growers later in the season. See below for details. Continue reading