As summer begins, most gardeners focus their attention on the various insects, diseases, weeds, and other pests that affect their plants’ health, vigor, and productivity. The Marinette office of UW-Madison, Division of Extension is providing all area home gardeners a series of opportunities to learn more about the pests which they may find on the various plants they are growing.
The live lunch n’ learn webinar series will focus on a group of plants and the primary pests which afflict them. Participants will have the opportunity to view the pests, the damage they cause, and then discuss management possibilities. The four plant groups and their program dates are as follows:
Thursday, July 2 Vegetable Garden Pests
Tuesday, July 7 Fruit Crop Pests
Thursday, July 9 Flower Bed Pests
Thursday, July 16 Shade Tree Pests
The live discussion will be led by Scott Reuss, Marinette County Agriculture & Horticulture Agent. He will focus on local timing of primary pests, how to properly identify the pests or their symptoms, and realistic management options that can keep damage to your plants to a minimum. Participants will be able to share their concerns, questions, and experiences as part of the interaction.
These programs will be offered as webinars to maximize the number of individuals whom are able to partake in the discussion. Registration is free and will include follow-up e-mails with resources regarding the topics discussed and links to management publications and factsheets. Register by e-mailing to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m. the day of the program. The webinar link will be sent to you prior to the start of the webinar.
If you have any questions about the program content or delivery methods, contact Reuss at the e-mail above or via phone at 715-732-7510. You can also view local horticulture information on the web at https://marinette.extension.wisc.edu/horticulture/ Any other agriculture or horticulture inquiries can be directed to Reuss via e-mail or phone, as well.