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Plants, Pests and Pathogens

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Sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPlant Disease and Insect Clinic, and the Departments of Plant PathologyEntomology and Horticultural Science.

This free interactive webinar is broadcast live via Zoom as an in-service training for Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers and Extension horticulture agents.

2019 Schedule

The Fourth Tuesday of the Month, February – October
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

February 26

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC
Matt Bertone and Mike Munster

Feature Speakers: Matt Bertone (left), Extension Associate, and Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician – NC State Entomology and Plant Pathology

Recording: Watch it on YouTube

March 26

Developing an Integrated Pest Management Plan for Your Lawn and Landscape
Ryan Adams
Feature Speaker: Ryan Adams, NC State Extension Associate, Center for Integrated Pest Management
Ryan will focus on providing real-world IPM solutions for your lawn and landscape. Developing a pest management strategy requires planning, persistence, and, above all, knowledge of lawn and landscape plants. It also requires an understanding of the pests, including identification of the pest and the damage it causes, its life cycle, environmental or cultural conditions that favor its development, and methods of control.

April 23

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC
Matt Bertone and Mike Munster
Feature Speakers: Matt Bertone (left), Extension Associate, and Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician – NC State Entomology and Plant Pathology

May 28

Growing Grapes in the Garden
Mark Hoffman
Feature Speaker: Mark Hoffman, Small Fruits Extension Specialist, NC State Dept. of Horticultural Science
What does it take to grow grapes? What varieties are suited for North Carolina? Join us on May 28 to learn about basic considerations, costs, varieties, training, harvest and the most common problems in grapes grown in NC.

June 25

Spotted Lanternfly and Current Plant Disease Issues
Spotted lanterfly adult insect and fourth instar nymphs.
Spotted lanternfly adult (left) and 4th instar nymphs (right, red body). Photo by Stephen Ausmus, USDA-ARS
Feature Speakers:  Whitney Swink, Regulatory Entomologist, NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plant Industry Division, and Mike Munster, Plant Disease Diagnostician – NC State Entomology and Plant Pathology
First found in eastern Pennsylvania in 2014, spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a new invasive insect pest that has now spread to New York, Delaware, and Virginia. While it has not yet been found in North Carolina, it is believed to be heading our way and early detection will be critical in stopping its spread and the devastating effect it could have on home landscapes, businesses and agricultural crops, particularly grapevines, fruit trees, and a wide range of hardwood trees. Whitney Swink, Regulatory Entomologist, Joy Goforth, Plant Pest Administrator, and Allison Ballantyne, Gypsy Moth Program Manager, NCDA & CS,Plant Industry Division, join us to share information about this pest, including where it is currently found and how to identify all stages of its life cycle. In addition, Mike Munster, Plant Disease Diagnostician with the NC State Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, will share updates on current plant disease issues found in North Carolina.

July 23

Giant Hogweed, Purple Loosestrife and Floating Heart – Oh My! An Overview of State and Federal Noxious Weeds Found in North Carolina
Crested Floating Heart
Crested floating heart, Nymphoides cristata, an NC Class A noxious weed
Feature Speaker: Bridget Lassiter, Weed Specialist – NCDA & CS Plant Industry, Plant Protection Section
Bridget will provide an overview of State and Federal Noxious weed programs in North Carolina – including definitions of “Noxious” vs. “Invasive”, rules and regulations governing movement of weeds in the state, and an update on several noxious weeds that were once sold in the Green Industry and are now present in small populations in NC.

August 27

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC
Matt Bertone and Mike Munster
Feature Speakers: Matt Bertone (left), Extension Associate, and Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician – NC State Entomology and Plant Pathology

September 24

Caring for Trees with Storms in Mind
Barb Fair
Feature Speaker: Barb Fair, Landscape Extension Specialist and Associate Professor, NC State Dept. of Horticultural Science

October 22

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC
Matt Bertone and Mike Munster
Feature Speakers: Matt Bertone (left), Extension Associate, and Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician – NC State Entomology and Plant Pathology

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