2012 Update on Christmas Tree Topics

Christmas tree specialist, Chal Landgren, gives an update of shipping and exporting issues, disease and pest management and current resources for growers.

Taking Aim at Pests

Management

An initial report on research conducted on two intelligent, or precision, sprayers designed for use in the ornamental horticultural industry. The goal of this research is to develop efficient and affordable sprayers that use technology to respond to crop size and presence.

The Spread Offense Against Weeds

Weeds

A guide to help growers develop an effective weed management plan. Different strategies are presented on how to deal with annual and perennial weeds along with strategies for the growing issue of herbicide resistance in weeds.

Celebrating Cotoneaster

Breeding

Researchers evaluate selections from this sometimes underappreciated genus of landscape shrubs. Specific topics discussed in the article include landscape performance, disease resistance, and developing sterile cultivars.

Slime and Punishment

Management

No matter how small, slugs and snails can cause huge headaches for growers. Fortunately, there are many ways these pests can be managed and eliminated. The author discusses the importance of and the different factors involved in a good integrated pest management plan.

Safe Procurement and Production Manual

Nursery crops

A systems approach for the production of healthy nursery stock. The manual, published by the Oregon Association of Nurseries, is divided into 3 main parts. A systems approach introduction, voluntary best practices for your nursery, and the next step: systems approach certification.

Pesticide Certification Classes Offered for Spring 2013

Chemeketa Community College is offering industry classes including pesticide certification this Spring.

Protecting Container-grown Plants

Container

Pests and pathogens are a threat for growers that produce containerized nursery stock. The authors discuss how to reduce these threats by considering the type of containers and growing media they use, where they are sourced, how they are handled, and how they are stored.

Control of Liverwort and Moss in Nursery Containers

Weeds
Study conducted to determine an effective control for liverwort and moss in nursery containers. The topics discussed include the prevention of liverwort and moss establishment, control of established liverwort and moss, and phytotoxicity of tested chemicals.

Cultural Practices for the Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes

Management
Information provided on cultural pest management practices for control of plant parasitic nematodes in the nursery industry. The main topics of discussion include; nematode identification, crop rotation, fallowing, weed control, resistant plant material, soil amendments, and sanitation.

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