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Integrated Pest Management Program

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Department of Extension

Crop Talk

Crop Talk is a newsletter from the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and Department of Plant Science for commercial vegetable and fruit growers. Our goal with Crop Talk is to provide you with information on the latest developments in any and all aspects of vegetable and fruit farming, and to keep you abreast of upcoming educational events and opportunities.

Fruit growers: To sign up for the Crop Talk listserve, email and write Crop Talk in the subject line.

Commercial vegetable growers: To sign up for the Crop Talk listserv, email and write Crop Talk in the subject line.


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Upcoming IPM Events

Be Well Farming Project: winter workshop series held via Zoom.
Balance, Health and Passion: Strategies by farmers, for farmers
Part 1 - February 1, 2021, from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Part 2 - February 8, 2021, from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Peaceful Communication on the Farm: Listening Tools to Improve Understanding
February 15, 2021, from  3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Bedding Plants 2021
Webinar Series on Wednesdays from 12 to 1 EST
Feb 10th Effective Use of PGR”S , George Grant, Griffin
Feb 17th Research Update on Managing Greenhouse Insect and Mite Pests, Ray Cloyd, Kansas State
Feb 24th Diseases of Spring Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials, Margery Daughtrey, Cornell
Click here to register copy the link below and paste it in your browser:

New England Winter Fruit Meetings

Free Webinar series on Tuesdays from 12 to 1:30 EST
For the complete and registration, click here.

We hope you can access the EIDL application on the SBA portal at any point now!
EIDL is a loan program directly through SBA that can cover many expenses. As part of the program, you can ask for an advance of up to $1000 per employee (up to 10), that functions as a grant. There is a huge backlog already in this program, so any new applicants are already behind others.

Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series!
Join UConn, URI, and UMass Extension for the Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series!
Webinars will be on alternate Thursdays in January and February of 2021 and open to any and all vegetable growers, topics will include: Pest of the Year; Winter crop production and pest management; Greenhouse seedling production: compost-based potting mix, fertilizer, and water management; and High tunnel fertility research update.
Pesticide credits will be offered at most meetings—watch your inbox for details to follow, and save the dates below!
· January 14, 3:30-5 pm
· January 28, 3:30-5 pm
· February 11, 3:30-5 pm
· February 25, 3:30-5 pm

IPM News

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities. A Guide to federal programs for Agriculture.  This 101 page guide to grant and assistance programs is available here.

American Farmland Trust's Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants to help them through this health crisis. Complete information is available here..

The 2020 IPM Team Annual Report is available.

COVID 19 Information for Fruit & Vegetable Growers is now available and will be continually updated as new information is available.

Check out IPM Fact Sheets for Nursery and Landscapes - Viburnum Leaf Beetle - Eastern and Forest Tent Caterplliars - Redheaded Flea Beetle - Lace Bugs - Scarab Beetles  - Spotted Lanternfly - Hemlock Woolly Adelgid - Ash (Lilac) Borer - European Pine Sawfly

Lily Leaf Beetle updates are now available: Revised Fact Sheet and Infographic.

Emergency Bridge Loans for Small Businesses & Non-Profits from the State of Connecticut

The UConn IPM Program color posters are now available on the website.

Plant Diagnostic Lab Website!

The Brochure is now available!

2020-2021 New England Vegetable Management Guide is now available through the UConn Office of Communications and on-line at Cost is $25 plus shipping.

 2021-2022 New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide is available online for free at
The Guide is also available via a Print-on-Demand service.  The printed guide costs $35 (plus tax & shipping).

New England Tree Fruit Management Guide is now available online at  Print copies are available through the UConn Office of Communications and the on-line store at 

2019-2020 New England Small Fruit Pest Management Guide is available through the UConn Office of Communications and the on-line store at