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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 mary.concklin@uconn.edu and write Crop Talk in the subject line.

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

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Upcoming IPM Events

Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo is pleased to announce that we will offer a webinar series this fall, beginning Nov. 4 sponsored by New England Floriculture Inc., in order to deliver content relevant to greenhouse pests, diseases, biocontrols, PGRs, and sanitation. Although we regret having to postpone the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we hope that these webinars will provide important education (and pesticide recertification credit) for the greenhouse community in 2020. We have received pesticide recertification credits for the New England States and New York. Visit https://www.negreenhouse.org/virtual-series-schedule.html for the dates/topics and registration information.


We hope you can access the EIDL application on the SBA portal at any point now!
https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications
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.

Managing Stone Fruit Bacterial Disease Problems [Webinar]
Wed, November 11, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Register here.
Due to the current COVID 19 situation, Extension Educators throughout New England have joined forces in a collaborative effort to develop a winter series of online educational programming focused on commercial fruit production. We have not planned in-person meetings for the near future, however, we hope growers will find some benefits to having access to the broad schedule of topics and speakers available through the New England Winter Fruit Seminar Series. The schedule is still being finalized, so please continue to visit https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series for the latest schedule updates.
Important: In order to receive pesticide safety recertification credits, participants are required to pre-register for each of these free seminars prior to the event. Pesticide Safety Recertification Credits: 2
 

IPM News

Emergency Bridge Loans for Small Businesses & Non-Profits from the State of Connecticut
Up to $75,000 available. Information 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.

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

The 2019 UConn IPM Annual Report is now available.

Check out our new 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.

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

New Plant Diagnostic Lab Website!

The IPM Brochure is now available!

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

2019-2020   New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide is available through the UConn Office of Communications and on-line at store.uconn.edu  or call 860-486-3336.  Cost is $40.

New England Tree Fruit Management Guide is now available online at http://netreefruit.org/  Print copies are available through the UConn Office of Communications and the on-line store at store.uconn.edu. 

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