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Special Workshop for Blueberry Growers Aug. 11
Michigan Ag Connection - 08/09/2018

A special workshop on Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), Integrated Pest Management Training and a Pesticides License Test for all blueberry growers will be held Aug. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Van Buren County Human Services Building, East Conference Room. The address is 801 Hazen Street, Paw Paw.

As in previous years, at mid-season SWD populations start building up to levels requiring continuous scouting and a tight spray schedule to successfully manage the pest. To improve growers' skills to deal with SWD outbreaks, the MSU Extension Small Fruit Team and the Michigan Food & Farming Systems are offering another SWD workshop (English with assistance in Spanish for those that may need it).

During this workshop, growers will learn to manage the SWD integrating variables such as SWD behavior, host plant, chemical characteristics of specific insecticides and weather at the target site during and after the insecticide application to improve control of SWD; what we call "Systems Approach to Pest Management"

Growers who need to obtain their RUP certification or whose certification has expired can take the Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator (RUP) Exam. There will be a brief review of the RUP Training Manual (Private Applicator). The exam may be taken in English or Spanish.

The cost of the program is $20 for the workshop which includes lunch and training materials. A separate $50 (check or money order only, payable to the "State of Michigan") will be needed to pay for taking the test to obtain or renew the Pesticide Applicator License.

For online registration please visit: events.anr.msu.edu/SWDandIPMTrain2018/.

You may also pay at the door but pre-registration is required to estimate the number of handouts, refreshments and lunches. For more information or to pre-register, please contact either Filiberto Villa Gomez, Cell: 269-830-2309, Mark Longstroth at 269-657-8213, Carlos Garcia at garcias4@msu.edu, or call at 616-260-0671. Please check attached flyer-invitation for the workshop agenda.

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