Weed Scouting in Orchards - a Field Training in Spanish and English
Date and Location
When (Date/Time)May 4, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The first step to effective weed management is proper weed identification. The best method for timely identification is through field scouting. Furthermore, scouting allows for additional information to be collected in order to determine if weed management programs are effective and potential impacts on fruit size and tree growth.
In this session, participants will be provided with the basics of scouting for weeds including:
- Why scout for weeds?
- Tools needed
- When and how to scout
- What to document and archive (record-keeping)
- Using scouting information to plan weed management strategies
- General control/management options
- Other useful resources.
In addition, weed specimens will be provided in order to see up close what some common weeds look like and to test your skills at hands-on weed ID.
Dwight Lingenfelter, Penn State Extension Associate in Weed Science, will lead this interactive field program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors, the Weed Science Society of America and is a Past President of the Northeastern Weed Science Society.
Each participant will receive a new, full-color weed guide titled Stubborn Weeds of Pennsylvania. The guide is available in Spanish and English.
The workshop and weed guide are supported by a PDA Specialty Crop Block Grant titled "Sustainable Production and Pest Management Innovations for Next Generation Young and Latino Specialty Crop Growers" (Grant ME#44166076).