7:00 am–4:30 pm Registration and Tabletop Exhibits
7:30 am–8:10 am
Organic and Reduced Risk Alternatives for IPM in Landscapes
Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D.—University of Maryland
In light of concerns about risks to beneficial insects, including pollinators and natural enemies, jurisdictions around the country are placing new restrictions on several insecticides commonly used by the green industries. Questions have arisen regarding alternative approaches to managing key insect and mite pests. This presentation will review reasons for some of these new laws and what commonly used insecticides are affected. In addition, we will discuss reduced risk pesticides, those listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute, and biologically based alternatives to conventional insecticides and matricides. The goal of protecting beneficial insects is to increase sustainability of managed landscapes. Mike Raupp, Ph.D., is a professor of entomology and an extension specialist. He has earned the nickname “The Bug Guy” from students and fans of his blog, BugoftheWeek.com, where he reports on all things bug and insect related. He frequently appears as an expert on Good Morning America, NPR, and other news outlets.
8:15 am–8:55 am
Dormant Applications in Landscape Beds? Why They Make Sense
Hannah M. Mathers, Ph.D.
Dormant applications can reduce phytotoxicity and increase the duration of efficacy of many of your herbicides. Three additional benefits of dormant applications will be discussed: 1) utilization of staff in winter, which is traditionally a “down-time” labor-wise versus spring; 2) assurance that applications will be completed before weed germination, versus waiting for spring when conflicting operations take precedence; and 3) optimized control of weeds that are active in cold weather—problematic perennial and biennial weeds. Hannah Mathers, Ph.D., is currently an independent horticultural researcher in nursery and landscape. Hannah is the recipient of several awards, including meritorious service, distinguished contributions, and promotion of diversity. She is a recognized national speaker and writer and is best known for her research in biorational, conventional, and alternative weed control in nursery crops and landscapes. She is also noted for her diagnostic expertise of herbicide damage with ornamental crops and woody plant cold stress physiology.
9:00 am–9:40 am
Disease Consequences in Low Input Turf
Rich Buckley, Ph.D.—Rutgers University
In recent years—because of government regulation, for philosophical reasons, or simply to save money—the move to use fewer pesticides and fertilizers and less water to maintain landscape turf has been gaining acceptance in the turfgrass industry. This talk discusses the consequences for turf maintained at very low input with an emphasis on red thread and dollar spot disease. Learn how to maintain a disease-free turf with less, with a special emphasis on cultural controls and integrated management techniques. Rich Buckley, Ph.D., is the director of Rutgers’ Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. He is an instructor in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School and Rutgers Department of Pathology and Plant Science and teaches courses in diseases and insect pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants. He is also a frequent lecturer and invited speaker on disease and insect pest problems in turf and ornamentals, plant problem-solving, and pest management techniques.
9:40 am–9:50 am Break
9:50 am–10:50 am New Tools for Dealing With Armored and Soft Scale Insects Stanton Gill—University of Maryland Extension
Learn about several new materials for controlling major armored and soft scale insects. Stanton Gill is an extension specialist in IPM and entomology with the University of Maryland Extension and is also a professor in landscape technology at Montgomery College. He is the author of four books and more than 800 refereed and professional magazine articles on pests and using IPM to deal with them.
10:55 am–11:35 am
Seven Really Bad Weeds!!
Hannah M. Mathers, Ph.D.
These seven weeds define “really bad” and include creeping yellow cress (Rorippa sylvestris L.); mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris L.); red stem filaree (Erodium cicutarium); field horsetail (Equisetum arvense); yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus L.); Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum); and field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). New research to find successful controls will be discussed, along with the characteristics that make them “really bad!” See bio above.
11:35 am–12:20 pm Lunch
12:20 pm–1:05 pm
Recognizing and Managing Unanticipated Consequences in the Right of Way
Rich Buckley, Ph.D.—Rutgers University
Some might say it is easier to kill plants than keep them alive. That is surely the case in the right of way! Common products used for vegetation control will be discussed, including how they affect plants, their impact on non-target plants, and how to avoid any unanticipated problems with your programs. See bio above.
1:10 pm–1:55 pm Understanding Nutrient Release Rates for Turf Applications—EEF and Other Methods of Supplying Nutrients Chuck Shuster—University of Maryland Extension
Nutrient management in turf requires the application of nutrients in both appropriate amounts and at appropriate times. A review of the different types of release rates for fertilizers will be provided, including a discussion on the use of Enhanced Efficiency Controlled Release Fertilizers (EEF). Chuck Schuster is the commercial horticulture educator for the Central Maryland Cluster with the University of Maryland Extension. He has been part of the horticulture team providing programs across the region and has taught internationally. He has worked to provide new approaches to turf management to keep pace with the current regional nutrient management regulations. He also volunteers with LCA’s Landscape Industry Certified Technician program.
2:00 pm–2:10 pm Break
2:10 pm–2:55 pm
Update on Fertilizer Applicator Regulations Judy McGowan—Maryland Department of Agriculture
Understand what’s expected of you in reporting annually and renewing your certification and license, and what to expect during a review of your records.
3:00 pm–3:40 pm Technological and Ecological Advances in Lake and Pond Management
John Phelps—SOLitude Lake Management
Poorly managed lakes and ponds can lead to nuisance algae and vegetation, flooding, and large expenses for structural repairs and costly, invasive dredging. Staying up to date with technological and ecological advances in water-quality management can help prolong or avoid some of these expenses. Learn how these advancements, when paired with proactive measures, can safely and cost-effectively limit aquatic weed growth without endangering surrounding turf or ornamental vegetation. John Phelps is an environmental scientist with more than a decade of experience in water and land management throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. John has an extensive background in the management of nuisance aquatic weeds and vegetation in stormwater BMP and irrigation ponds. John has a bachelor of science degree in environmental planning from the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and many other states across the region.
3:45 pm–4:30 pm
Pesticide Regulations Update for 2018
Veronica Johnson—Maryland Department of Agriculture
Baldwin Williams—District of Columbia Department of the Environment
In this session, participants will receive updates on new and proposed state and federal regulations. Veronica Johnson represents the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA’s) Pesticide Regulation Program. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, where she received her bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolution. She is currently finishing up her master’s degree in Cerruti Hook’s Sustainable Agriculture Lab in the Entomology Department at the University of Maryland. Veronica has been with the MDA’s Pesticide Regulation Program since May 2017.
Baldwin Williams is an entomologist in the Pesticides Division of the District of Columbia Department of the Environment.