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NYSIPM Program hosts 9th annual greenhouse workshop

Horticulture associate professor Neil Mattson demonstrates the latest in greenhouse lighting systems at the greenhouse workshop.

Horticulture associate professor Neil Mattson demonstrates the latest in greenhouse lighting systems at the greenhouse workshop.

More than 40 greenhouse producers, educators and others gathered in Plant Science Building July 25 for the 2017 IPM In-Depth Hands-On Workshop sponsored by the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM).

Many brought plant samples from their operations so workshop leaders could help them identify pest, disease and nutrient problems. And participants rotated through sessions on the latest in greenhouse lighting, biological aphid control, and managing diseases in edible crops.

“The IPM In-Depth is a great way to learn new information in a very interactive and hands-on way,” says Betsy Lamb, NYSIPM greenhouse specialist and adjunct assistant professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. “The program really allows all of us to learn from each other — from those who have attended all nine summer In-Depths to the brand new grower whose jaw dropped when she saw a parasitoid wasp lay an egg in an aphid!”

Lamb organizes similar programs around the state during the year. Contact her to be notified of future workshops: eml38@cornell.edu.

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