Pests and diseases of concern to potato and cole crop growers will be the focus of this one day hands-on diagnostic workshop. Small-acreage vegetable gardeners, commercial growers, county agents and agriculture industry personnel will all benefit from attending this diagnostics skill building class that trains â€œfirst detectorsâ€ to identify plant pests and diseases of concern. Pests and diseases covered will include potato bacterial soft rots, blights and wilts, zebra chip of potato, bagrada bug and swede midge– both invasive pests to be on the lookout for in cole crops, and sugarcane aphid, an emerging pest of sorghum.
Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Become familiar with some national and/or local pests of concern and be able to monitor for them
- Successfully submit diagnostic samples to your local plant diagnostic clinics and understand how the information on a newly detected invasive pest is transmitted to the various agencies
- Obtain a certificate of completion
The workshop will be held at the UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. June Lunch will be provided.
Registration is via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/potato-and-cole-crop-growers-first-detector-training-workshop-tickets-16865938476
Cost of the program is $10. Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 40. Registration is confirmed when payment is received. Payments can also be mailed or delivered to the Agricultural Center: 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, Fl. 32092.
Â Training Workshop Agenda:
WelcomeÂ : 10 to 10:15 a.m. – Bonnie Wells, St. Johns County Cooperative Extension
Â Introduction: 10:15Â to 10:30 a.m. – Carla Calvert Burkle, University of Florida
Pests and Pathways:Â 10:30-10:45 a.m. – Amanda Hodges, University of Florida
Pre-workshop Surveys:Â Â 10:45 to 11 a.m. – Carla Calvert Burkle, University of Florida
Bagrada bug: 11 to 11:15 a.m. -Â Â Amanda Hodges, University of Florida
Swede midge:Â 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. – Brad Danner, FDACS-DPI, CAPS
Â Sugarcane aphid: 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. – Leroy Whilby, FDACS-DPI, CAPS
Hands-on (First Session)Â : 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided through meeting registration): 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Collaborating Agencies and their Roles: 1 to 1:15 p.m.Â -Â Amanda Hodges, University of Florida
Soft rot, leaf blights, wiltsÂ : 1:15 to 1:30 p.m. – Carrie Harmon, University of Florida
Zebra chip, bois noir:Â Â Â 1:30-1:45Â p.m. – Carrie Harmon, University of Florida
Â Sample submission, disease samples:Â 1:45 to 2 p.m. – Carrie Harmon, University of Florida
Â Sample submission, arthropod samplesÂ : 2 to 2:15 p.m. – Bonnie Wells, St. Johns County Cooperative Extension
Hands-on (Second Session)Â : 2:15Â to 2:45 p.m.
Conclusion and Post-Workshop Survey: 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. – Amanda Hodges and Carla Calvert Burkle, University of Florida