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North Central Nursery IPM Working Group

Given the vast diversity of species, production environments and intended purposes of the crops, interrelationships and collaboration among public and private sector groups related to nursery crop production is paramount for economic stability, sustainable use of resources and environmental health. Management practices not only impact targeted crops but also have the potential to influence beyond production boundaries. Biotic and abiotic problems, production management practices, and environmental issues of climate, weather, and soils/media significantly influence the sustainability of nursery production systems within the North Central region. The North Central Nursery IPM Working Group is being initiated to facilitate research, educational programming and technological exchanges for the economic and environmental benefit of the nursery industry. The North Central Nursery IPM Working Group brings together researchers, educators, industry, governmental agencies and associations to foster relationships, exchange ideas, identify issues, establish priorities and generate IPM solutions and desirable outcomes for the benefit of producers in the North Central region. In our first year of operation, the working group focus will include: 1) Bring together public and private sector representatives directly related to nursery production. The membership focuses on representatives from the following core states: Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio. 2) Conduct an annual conference with regional participation to discuss current IPM issues, challenges, relevant management practices and current efforts within the region. 3) Develop and conduct a Needs Assessment from nurseries in the region to identifying gaps/voids in pest management and establish priorities for future efforts.

Project Investigators

Robert Schutzki
Michigan State University
schutzki@msu.edu