October 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th,  2015 | Aurora, OR

Pest Management Workshops for Greenhouse and Nursery Growers

Every Thursday in October

OKTOBERPEST 2015 Schedule of Workshops PDF

Schedule for Workshops:

Oct. 8 Ash Whitefly Information Session 9:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Oct. 15 Germ Warfare: Getting the Most out of Disinfectants9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 22 Taking it to the Next Level: Advanced Biocontrol for Nurseries 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Oct 29 Bee Aware: Strategies to Protect Pollinators 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

All Workshops will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 NE. Miley Rd., Aurora, OR.

We have applied for pesticide recertification credits hours for all of our sessions except the Ash Whitefly Information Session

For further information contact : Program: English—Robin Rosetta (503) 678-1264 x 67826 Registration: Jan Egli at (503) 678-1264 x 67810, jan.egli@oregonstate.edu FAX: (503) 678-5986 http://oregonstate.edu/Dept/NWREC/

Oct. 8 Ash Whitefly Information Session

8:30-9:00 am Registration

9:00-9:30 am Introduction: What we know about ash whitefly – identification, biology, host plants

Robin Rosetta, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University/NWREC; Gary McAninch and Josh Vlach from Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The ash whitefly, Siphoninus phillyreae (Haliday), was detected in Oregon in 2014. Late summer/fall flights of ash whiteflies have been noticed in both 2014 and 2015 in the Willamette Valley. The whitefly has a wide host range which includes many ornamentals, native plants, and fruit trees. Little is known of how impactful will be this newly detected insect in Oregon but it is not too soon to begin to learn more about this whitefly and reduce the risk in nursery production. This information session will cover what we do know about this insect pest and provide an opportunity for growers to share observations and information needs.

9:35-9:45 am Break

9:45-10:15 am Monitoring and Management: Biological and Chemical Control

We will focus on monitoring for ash whitefly and management programs. There will be a discussion of the existing classical biological control program in other states. An open discussion regarding chemical management will occur.

10:15-10:30 Sharing session: Observation, Questions, Concerns, and Information Needs

During this time, the session will open up to hear from participants to capture their observations, questions, concerns, and information needs.

10:30-10:35 Wrap-up and conclusion

Oct. 22 Taking it to the Next Level: Advanced Insect Biocontrol for Nurseries

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting

8:30-9:00 am Registration

9:00-9:05 am Introduction

9:05-9:55 am Taking it to the Next Level – Level 1: Do you have it Down?

What you should already be doing for effective biological control programs. Key aspects of monitoring, natural enemy selection, augmentative release timing, quality control, distribution, and chemical compatibility will be discussed.

9:55-10:05 am Break

10:05-10:55 am Taking it to the Next Level – Level 2: Build it and they will come

Suzanne will discuss how to refine techniques and build capacity (ie. use of banker plants, insectaries, indicator plants).

10:55-11:05 am Break

11:05-11:55 pm Taking it to the Next Level – Level 3: Bigger and Better Suzanne talks about how to expand your biocontrol program and measure effectiveness of existing programs.

Choosing additional programs, optimizing natural enemy application, and program evaluation will be presented. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities.

11:55-noon Wrap-up and conclusion


This session will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 NE. Miley Rd., Aurora, OR.

There will be no charge for this workshop but registration is appreciated. Registration flyers are at



For further information about these classes, contact Jan Egli at (503) 678-1264 x 110 or e-mail at jan.egli@oregonstate.edu. Recertification Credit Hours will not be available for this session