NC Virtual Nursery Conference

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North Carolina Virtual Nursery Conference February 8–11, 2021

Session presentations at 10 a.m. each day lasting 1 hour

Nursery production training via Zoom will cover boxwood dieback, substrate amendments for large containers, rose rosette, and an update on pests of ornamentals. Four presentations will be given in separate sessions starting February 8, with one per day through February 11. Each presentation will start at 10 a.m.

To register for this event click on the following link to fill out and mail this form along with $25.00 to North Carolina Virtual Nursery Conference, 1806 SW Goldsboro St., Wilson, NC 27893. Make checks payable to Wilson County Ag Center.

Online Virtual Conference – via Zoom – Link provided once payment is received.

*3 hours of North Carolina Pesticide Recertification Credits in D, L, N, O, and X if you attend the sessions approved. List participant names in registration form below as on pesticide license in order to receive credit upon confirmation of virtual participation in each session. Email addresses for Zoom link are also needed for all.

February 8 Session 1, Boxwood Dieback

Boxwood dieback is a relatively new disease that has been detected widely in nurseries and landscapes in the Southeastern US. Dr. Raj Singh from Louisiana State University Department of Plant Pathology has been following the progress of this disease and developing strategies to help manage it. He will present his findings based on work done over the past 5 years. (*1 hour of pesticide credit).

February 9 Session 2, Substrate Amendments for Large Containers

Plants grown in large containers have different substrate needs due to longer production cycles than plants grown in smaller containers. Dr. Anthony LeBude, NC State Extension Nursery Specialist, will cover nursery research conducted to address the challenges specific to this situation.

February 10 Session 3, Rose Rosette

Rose rosette is a severe disease that is affecting the use of one of the most popular landscape ornamentals grown in nursery production in the US. Dr. Mark Windham from the University of Tennessee Plant Pathology Department will present management information related to rose rosette and information about the eriophyid mite that helps to spread it. He has been working with a group of researchers from UT for many years on this disease including a trial with at least three years of data. (*1 hour of pesticide credit).

February 11 Session 4, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Disease and Insect Update

Whitney Swink and HT Seng from NCDA&CS will give a Plant Protection update about invasive insects and diseases that affect or potentially affect nursery production in North Carolina. (*1 hour of pesticide credit).

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