How to Grow Bee Friendly Plants in the Greenhouse - Kent County

Date: February 11, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Kent County MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue, N.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact: Tom Dudek, 616-994-4542, dudek@anr.msu.edu

Dr. David Smitley, Department of Entomology, MSU will explain the most important practices for growing plants that will be safe for pollinators after they are purchased and planted in the yard and garden.  He will discuss the steps and practices both retail and wholesale growers can use to control insects in the greenhouse and allow you to advertise your plants as “Bee Friendly” as supported by research at Michigan State University. Strategies to manage aphids, fungus gnats, mites, thrips, and whiteflies will be discussed in detail. 

Topics will include:  Overview of neonicotinoid and bee issue, Biorational products, Alternatives to neonicotinoids, Biological control as an alternative pest management practice, Bee-friendly insecticides, Safe use of systemic drenches,New products available and Best management practices for producing bee-friendly plants. 

Please RSVP to Tom Dudek 616-994-4542 or email dudek@anr.msu.edu by February 9, 2015.

 

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