BY ROB SIRRINE Special to the Record-Eagle
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — If you are a farmer or gardener interested in Integrated Pest Management (IPM,) don’t’ wait until spring this year.
You shouldn’t miss the third annual 2014 Michigan State University IPM Academy. The IPM Academy will be held February 18-19 at the Okemos Conference Center just outside of East Lansing.
The first day of the event will feature an introduction to Integrated Pest Management; IPM strategies for insect and disease control, identification, protection, and promotion of insect pollinators, alternative weed control strategies, the effects of invasive pests on IPM and more. The second day speakers will cover such topics as soil health, landscape design and IPM, ecologically-based fruit management, pest management in diverse vegetable rotations, IPM and field crop production, and emerging pest problems in Michigan landscapes.
Because of increasing interest in hops production, on Feb. 19, MSU will offer a special day long ‘Hops Production’ track for those interested in all aspects of hops production. This session will cover an introduction to hops, soils and site selection, trellis design, irrigation, cultivar selection, establishment and processing costs, planting and training, insect, disease, and weed management, scouting, as well as marketing and sales.
Michigan pesticide recertification credits will be available for participants. For more information including registration, please visit the MSU ANR Events Management website at: http:events.anr.msu.edu/ or just google “MSU IPM Academy.”
The MSU IPMA program was developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Dr. Rob Sirrine is a community food systems educator with MSU Extension.