- Required Morel Mushroom Identification Workshop Offered in April
- Publication Explains How to Construct a Hop Yard
- 2017 Fruit and Vegetable Pesticide Applicator Course to be Offered
- Free Food Systems Celebration and Learning Event Jan. 13
- Transitioning to Organic Course Begins January 2017
- 2017 Iowa Small Farms Conference to be Held in February
- Pleasant Hill Residents, Iowa Food Cooperative Increase Access to Local Foods
In recent years, the only method for recertification for commercial applicators for category 1D Fruit and Vegetable Pest Control was through exam while private applicators could recertify through testing or by attending continuing instructional courses (CICs) designed for corn and soybean producers. New this year, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Pesticide Bureau has granted approval for recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference.
Link to recorded video conference and handouts plus Calculating Growing Degree days how-to and excel file.
Summer seasonal pests have emerged including squash bugs and stink bugs. However, for the most part, population numbers are fairly low compared to other years. For squash bugs, controlling nymphs early, often, and with the right product is the key to managing their populations. Nymphs, just after hatch, are susceptible to insecticides but as they mature they grow out of their insecticide susceptibility. Economic thresholds are at least one egg mass per plant. When scouting, look for reddish/bronze colored eggs on the underside of cucurbit leaves. Products