Experiential nursery integrated pest management workshop series to enhance grower practice adoption

Anthony Lebude, Amy Fulcher, Jean Jacque Dubois, S. Kris Braman, Matthew Chappell, J. H.J.C. Chong, Jeffrey Derr, Nicole Gauthier, Frank Hale, William Klingeman, Gary Knox, Joseph Neal, Alan Windham

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Three, 2-day hands-on experiential learning workshops were presented in three southeastern United States cities in June 2014, by the Southern Nursery Integrated Pest Management (SNIPM) working group. Attendees were provided 4 hours of instruction including hands-on demonstrations in horticultural management, arthropods, plant diseases, and weeds. Participants completed initial surveys for gains in knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as their intentions to adopt various integrated pest management (IPM) practices after the workshop. After 3 years, participants were again surveyed to determine practice adoption. Respondents changed their IPM practice behavior because of attending the workshops. Those returning the survey set aside more time to scout deliberately for pests, plant diseases, and weeds; used a standardized sampling plan when scouting; and adopted more sanitation practices to prevent plant disease. Fewer horticultural management practices were adopted than respondents originally intended. Future emphasis should be placed on using monitoring techniques to estimate pest emergence, for example, traps and pheromone lures, as well as plant phenology and record keeping. However, more work is needed to highlight both the immediate and longterm economic benefits of IPM practice adoption in southeastern U.S. nursery production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-781
Number of pages10
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2017

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  • Container-grown
  • Monitoring
  • Ornamentals-producers
  • Retention
  • Scouting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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