Friday, May 03, 2013

“Vegetable Integrated Pest Management Workshop” May 15 in Springfield

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
Tel: (417) 881-8909

A free “Vegetable Integrated Pest Management Workshop” will be conducted in Springfield on Wednesday, May 15 but space is limited and advance registration is required by May 10.

The program is being organized and taught by specialists from University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University Extension.

Event organizers say participants will gain the knowledge and experience they need to implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on their own farm.

The morning session of the program will be held at Northside Christian Church, 4902 N. State Hwy H, Springfield. Speakers will explain IPM and discuss pest prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression, with an emphasis on enhancing beneficial insects for biological control.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Jaime Pinero, Lincoln University IPM Specialist; Dr. Zelalem Mersha, Lincoln University plant pathology specialist; Jacob Wilson, Lincoln University IPM Extension Associate; and Patrick Byers, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist headquartered in Greene County.

Following the classroom portion of the workshop, participants will travel to Millsap Farm, 6593 Emu Lane in Springfield, for lunch and a hands-on practical experience of IPM for vegetable growers. Sessions at Millsap Farm will include the demonstration of trap cropping for cucumber beetle and squash bug, repelling pests with kaolin clay, use of both cool and warm season cover crops, and pheromone pest trapping and monitoring.

For more information, contact Patrick Byers by calling (417) 881-8909 or by email at A registration form for the workshop can be found online at


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