Scout Training Intensive
September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The goal of this workshop is to train scouts who will participate in the pear IPM program as well as increase awareness of natural enemies in pear orchards for growers and field staff in the region.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify key pests/predators;
- Understand pest/predator biology;
- Use the beat tray sampling technique;
- Use sticky cards and plant volatile lures to sample predator and parasite populations;
- Use earwig domicile traps to sample earwig populations;
- Understand pesticide impacts;
- And understand the basic pear IPM principles.
1:00 to 1:30 pm Key Natural Enemies and Pests in Pear Orchards An introductory presentation covering basic biology and ID of mites, psylla and key natural enemies.
1:30 to 2:00 pm Pear IPM Concepts
2:30 to 4:00 pm Field Exercises Groups of 4-8 people will rotate through each of the following stations: Station A: Beat Trays; Station B: Sticky Cards and Lures; Station C: Earwig Traps and Leaves.
4:15 to 4:30 Lab ID Introduction
4:30 to 5:15 pm Laboratory Exercises
For Certificate Applicants: Participants who would like to obtain a Pear IPM Scout Certificate will receive their certificate only upon successful completion (score of 80% or higher) on the identification test.
Study session availability: Lab hours will be available three afternoon/evening time periods between the class time and the test to allow interested participants time to practice their identification skills with an instructor present.
Pre-registration is required. This workshop has limited space. Please visit treefruit.wsu.edu and click on events or https://scouttrainingintensive.eventbrite.com
This event is funded in part by WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant K1986.