Participants who complete this course will gain an understanding of the basic biology of the grape berry moth as well as the various attempts at managing this pest over the past 30 years. This course covers why growers should care about grape berry moth, the grape berry moth life cycle, GBM Risk Assessment development and implementation, management options that have been implemented as well as some which have been tried, but failed, and finally the GBM model on NEWA and how it can be used in a vineyard IPM strategy.
Participants who complete this course will have an understanding of what NEWA is, what information it provides and how to implement the weather and pest model information into a vineyard IPM strategy. This course also provides information on how NEWA resources, in conjunction with scouting and spray records, can be used when troubleshooting problems with a vineyard IPM strategy.
Participants who complete this course will gain an understanding of the basic biology of the latest invasive species to hit the eastern United States, spotted lanternfly. An overview is provided of why everyone should be concerned with the potential damage spotted lanternfly can cause to forests, agriculture and tourism industries as well as our quality of life. This course covers spotted lanternfly biology and identification, pathways and spread and monitoring and management strategies currently available for this pest.