MARTINSBURG — Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a comprehensive and environmentally sensitive approach that relies on a combination of methods or tactics to manage pests. IPM programs use current information on weather, life cycles of pests and their threshold levels to make sound decisions. This information, in combination with commonsense practices, is used to manage pests by the most economical means possible.

IPM programs have high significance in orchards and small fruit production systems. A workshop organized by IPM programs at West Virginia University, Pennsylvania State University and Mid-Atlantic Fruit Consortium will be held June 25 at 3 p.m. at the Orr’s Farm, 682 Orr Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

This workshop will feature multiple IPM specialists in the areas of tree fruit and small fruit management including Drs. Rakesh Chandran, Mahfuz Rahman, Daniel Frank and Mira Bulatovic-Danilovich from West Virginia University; Drs. Ed Rajotte, Scott Isard, Kari Peter and Dave Biddinger from Pennsylvania State University; and Dr. Cassandra Swett from the University of Maryland. In addition to the university IPM specialists, grower perspectives will be offered by Mark Orr (Orr’s Farm) and Dave Slaybaugh (Mt. Ridge Fruit Farms, Pa.). Eight pesticide recertification training credits will also be awarded to West Virginia pesticide applicators with the following license categories Cat 1-3, Cat 11-3, Cat 12-3 and Cat PA-3.

The workshop is slated to start at 3 p.m. and end by twilight. In addition to presentations by university specialists and commercial fruit growers, a tour of the Orr’s Farm and a picnic style supper will be offered. This event is free and open to anyone interested in pest management in commercial fruit production. Pre-registration is required by Friday, June 12.

To register, or for more information, please contact Stephen Starcher at the West Virginia University, Hampshire County Extension Office at 304-822-5013 or stephen.starcher@mail.wvu.edu.

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