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  • January 13, 2021 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Hort Notes: Clippings from the Garden 
    December/January 2020-21, Vol. 31:10
    https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/newsletters/hort-notes/hort-notes-2020-vol-3110


  • January 05, 2021 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series is BACK in 2021. Jan 26-Feb 9 10am ET

    Topics to include invasive forest pests in MA, spotted lanternfly, the biological control of winter moth, Asian longhorned beetle updates, planned detection surveys in Massachusetts and New England, integrated pest management of spotted-wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug and more! There will also be an update about non-native earthworms, close relatives of the insects, which have attracted a lot of attention in recent years


  • December 05, 2020 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/landscape-message-december-6-2020

  • September 30, 2020 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    On September 25, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced finding two dead specimens of the invasive spotted lanternfly(SLF) in the towns of Milford and Norwood, MA. MDAR notes they were brought in on materials that originated in Pennsylvania counties currently under a spotted lanternfly quarantine. MDAR was also recently notified that nursery stock with spotted lanternfly egg masses and adults may have been unintentionally imported and planted in several parts of Massachusetts.

    Because no live lanternflies have yet been found in Massachusetts, there is currently no evidence that SLF has become established in the Commonwealth. As a precaution, surveys are planned in the areas where the insects were found to confirm that no live populations are present. While a dead lanternfly was previously found in the Boston area in December of 2018, repeated surveys have found no further signs of SLF in that part of the state. For more information, visit MDAR's press release: https://www.mass.gov/news/state-agricultural-officials-urge-residents-to-report-signs-of-invasive-spotted-lanternfly

    For more information about the spotted lanternfly, please visit: https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/fact-sheets/spotted-lanternfly

    If you have seen any of the life stages of this insect (pictured here) in Massachusetts, please report it: https://massnrc.org/pests/slfreport.aspx


  • September 25, 2020 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    UMass Extension Pesticide Education is offering nine continuing education workshops for pesticide contact hours.

    These workshops will be held from October 13 through November 17 using Zoom video conference. In case you are not familiar with Zoom, we will offer a short tutorial before the workshop series.

    Registration, workshop descriptions and dates are listed in the link below.  

    https://www.umass.edu/pested/recertification/current_workshops.htm

    Please contact Natalia Clifton at nclifton@umass.edu or call 413-545-1044 if you have any questions.


  • September 04, 2020 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    “Tree traps are relatively easy to install, and they can be a good option for residential landscapes,” said Heather Leach, extension associate in entomology. “But it’s critical for homeowners to install them correctly and monitor them frequently.” And this from Penn State on same topic.

    This 10 minute video is a good basic primer on SLF, with IPM management tips at the end. From the videographer Andrew Conboy: Andrew is an amateur videographer who aims to spread awareness about environmental issues and increase public interest and literacy in the sciences. He received his BS at Chestnut Hill College in 2018, and a MA in Biology at Lehigh University in 2020.


  • August 27, 2020 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    The Department has opened up September 16th and September 23rd to hold Commercial Applicator (Core) exams.

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