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Versatile Livestock Operations • Organic Production • Tree Fruit Management

Management of Pests and Beneficial Insects on Vegetable Crops

  • Presenter: Carman Blubaugh, WSU CAHNRS
  • This workshop will be an introductory course on identification and management of pests and predatory insects common to vegetable farms. It will begin with dramatic farm insect photography, specific tips for distinguishing good bugs and bad bugs and documentation of predator-prey interactions between predators and insect pests. We’ll learn how to scout crops to monitor and predict pest damage, strategies to prevent pest outbreaks, and tips for managing pest outbreaks when they occur. Finally, we’ll discuss management tactics like cover crops and insectary plantings that stabilize beneficial insect communities and optimize natural pest suppression.

Soils 101: Ecological Soil Management

  • Presenter: Doug Collins, WSU CSNAR
  • With an increased understanding of soils and soil fertility, farmers can better manage this important resource. This workshop will cover soil formation and the relationship between fertility, soil health and tilth. We will discuss the physical properties of soil, soil nutrient pools, the importance of nitrogen and how to interpret a soil test. Specific sustainable farming practices such as cover cropping and adding compost, manure, and organic fertilizers can increase soil productivity and incorporation of these techniques in soil building will also be covered.

Starting a Draft-Horse Farm: Becoming a Farm Owner

  • Presenter: Chandler Briggs, Hayshaker Farm
  • This workshop will be a virtual farm tour of Hayshaker Farm in Walla, Walla. We will briefly discuss Chandler Briggs' history, from non-farmer to farm owner, and take an in-depth look the process of starting a draft powered farm. We will cover a variety of topics, including finances, sourcing equipment, challenges and mistakes, apprenticeship/farm crew model, and what the future looks like at Hayshaker Farm.

Organic Certification 101: Your Guide to Going Organic

  • Presenter: Brenda Book, WSDA Organic Program
  • Organic certification verifies that your farm or handling facility complies with the USDA organic regulations and allows you to sell, label and represent your products as organic. USDA National Organic Program’s Sound & Sensible Initiative aims to make organic certification accessible, attainable and affordable, and the path to certification is easier than ever. Let Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program staff demystify the certification process.  This workshop will help you:
    • Learn what is needed to certify your products as organic
    • Explain the steps to certification
    • Clarify recordkeeping needs
    • Understand the inspection process
    • Find resources online to answer your certification questions   

Cover Crops in Production Agriculture

  • Presenter: Facilitator - Doug Collins, WSU CSNAR 
  • Cover crops play an important role in sustainable production agriculture and can pay for themselves by their effects on weed control, soil tilth, pest control, and fertility. Join a panel of experienced producers from across the state to learn tips and tricks for implementing cover crop management across scales and production types. Learn about cover crop timing, varieties and equipment considerations. WSU Extension researcher, Doug Collins, will also present the latest on precision cover cropping in no-till systems.

Alternatives for Managing Verticillium dahliae on Vegetables

  • Presenters:
    • Lydia Tymon, WSU Mount Vernon
    • Debra Ann Inglis, WSU Mount Vernon
    • David Wheeler, WSU Pullman
  • Soilborne pathogens such as Verticillium dahliae infect many economically important plants. Depending on the host, infection can cause chlorosis and necrosis of foliage and yield loss due to invasion and colonization of vascular tissues. Traditional management tactics include crop rotation and soil fumigation. However, the pathogen's wide host range makes crop rotation challenging for disease reduction and soil fumigation is economically and environmentally costly and must be done repeatedly at high rates. Thus, there has been increasing interest in alternatives for managing this disease. This three-part presentation will focus on new management options that are currently being investigated in Washington. D.A. Inglis will discuss grafting vegetables with rootstocks that are resistant or tolerant to V. dahliae; L. Tymon will present preliminary information on fungal root endophytes and their potential for biological control; and, D. Wheeler will provide an overview of the use and potential for crop rotation and green manures to suppress Verticillium wilt in potato cropping systems in the Columbia Basin of Washington.
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