7:00 am–4:30 pm
Registration and Tabletop Exhibits


7:15 am–7:45 am
Right of Way Applications
Chuck Schuster —University of Maryland Extension
Pesticide application in Right of Ways requires care with regard to products selected and methods used. This seminar will discuss the latest information on application methods and chemicals. Discussion will include preventing overapplication of chemicals that will cause large areas of no soil cover leading to potential erosion.
Chuck Schuster is an extension educator with University of Maryland Extension. He works with the commercial horticulture industry in different ways. In recent years he has provided certification and recertifcation training as part of the Fertilizer Use Act for turf professionals. He has also served as a judge for the CLT test.


7:45 am–8:25 am
The Turfgrass Environment and Its Relation to Disease: Cultural Practices That Will Make or Break You
Rich Buckley, Ph.D.—Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory
Environmental factors influence disease outcomes in turf. The things we do to turn grass into turf have a profound influence on the turfgrass environment. In this 40-minute talk, learn how common cultural practices influence the turfgrass environment, which in turn, either makes your disease problems worse or helps to significantly reduce their impact.
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.


8:30 am–9:10 am
Anticipating the 2017 Diseases
Margery Daughtrey—Cornell University
The 2016 season brought us many of the familiar old diseases, along with some surprises. We can use the outbreaks of 2016 to get prepared for 2017. Our 2016 experiences with pear trellis rust, Japanese apple rust, rose rosette, oak wilt, Diplodia tip blight, Dutch elm disease, anthracnoses, and powdery mildews will help us to plan for the coming spring.
Margery Daughtrey is a senior extension associate with the Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology of Cornell University, conducting research on managing diseases of ornamental plants. She has worked for Cornell at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center since 1978. Ms. Daughtrey is co author of several books, including Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials, published by APS PRESS. She was named a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society in 2012.


9:10 am–9:50 am
Landscape Invaders, New Pests and Managing Old Foes
Eric Day—Virginia Tech Department of Entomology
This session will provide an update on new insects and mites threatening trees and ornamentals and will discuss the tools we can use to manage what is already present.
Eric Day has worked at Virginia Tech since 1986 as the manager of the Insect Identification Laboratory. He currently conducts pest surveys for new and invasive pests and works with Christmas tree growers on pest management.


9:50 am–10:00 am
Break


10:00 am–10:45 am
Diagnostic Tips for the Problem Lawn
Rich Buckley, Ph.D.—Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory
The ability to properly identify plant health issues in the field can save time and money as well as reduce unnecessary pesticide and fertility inputs. In this 45-minute talk, the turf manager will learn to use basic plant pathology concepts to rule out options, narrow down causes, and diagnose problem lawns.
See bio above.


10:50 am–11:30 am
Boxwood Blight
Margery Daughtrey—Cornell University
Boxwood blight caused by Calonectria pseudonaviculata has risen to the top of boxwood gardeners’ concerns since it first showed up in the United States in 2011. It has caused massive losses in nurseries and has destroyed landscape plantings throughout the East. This talk will cover the essential facts about the disease: what conditions allow it to prosper, how it should be recognized, and how it should be dealt with using an integrated pest management approach.
See bio above.


11:35 am–12:15 pm
How to Guarantee Failure in an Aquatic Vegetation Control Application
Lloyd Hipkins—Virginia Tech
Discussion will include plant identification, herbicide choice, application methodology, timing of application, new adjuvants, and diluent quality. Environmental factors that can reduce (or cause failure) of otherwise efficacious herbicides on normally susceptible aquatic plants will also be discussed.
Lloyd Hipkins recently retired as the senior research associate/extension weed specialist (45% research/55% extension) in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science at Virginia Tech, where he conducted research and had extension outreach programs that dealt with industrial vegetation management and invasive plants in aquatic ecosystems.


12:15 pm–1:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm–1:50 pm
If You Overuse It, Then the Bugs and Diseases Will Find It
David Clement, Ph.D.—University of Maryland Extension
Stanton Gill—University of Maryland Extension

These experts from the University of Maryland have seen it all, and diseases and insects are what they eat and drink. Learn what is attacking the “bad boy plants” that everyone is using in the landscape. Limitless control options will be provided.
Dr. David Clement has served for the past 27 years as a statewide field-based extension specialist in plant pathology. He focuses on teaching how to diagnose and manage plant diseases through IPM strategies. He sets up applied field research and publishes and delivers educational programs to the general public, Master Gardeners, extension faculty, and the green industry.
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.


1:55 pm–2:35 pm
Making Use of Compost in the Turfgrass Setting
Chuck Schuster—University of Maryland Extension
Understand how to take a compost analysis and determine the amount to use to assist in turfgrass management. Know what the analysis provides, or what to ask for when getting one. Convert the analysis to usable numbers for turf, and stay below the limits established by different regulations.
See bio above.


2:35 pm–3:20 pm
Update on Fertilizer Applicator Regulations
Kelly Love—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.
Kelly Love has been involved with Maryland nutrient management for over 18 years and spent two years working on the implementation of the Fertilizer Law of 2011. Currently, she covers Central and Western Maryland for the Urban Nutrient Management Program and assists with the program’s exams and certifications. She also conducts fertilizer inspections and reviews and is responsible for compliance and enforcement in her designated areas.


3:25 pm–4:15 pm
Pesticide Regulations Update for 2017
Ashley Jones—Maryland Department of Agriculture
Alvin Harris—The District of Columbia Department of the Environment

In this session, participants will receive updates on new and proposed state and federal regulations.
Ashley Jones is an entomologist with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. She runs the pesticide applicator certification and training program for the state. She received her master’s degree in entomology from the University of Maryland.