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Workshop scheduled in Gouverneur on fighting strawberry pests with nematodes

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GOUVERNEUR — Strawberry growers can learn about a promising way of fighting strawberry root weevil and black vine weevil with biocontrol nematodes at a workshop on March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cambray Court.

Elson J. Shields will speak about field trials with native-New York nematodes to control the two species of weevils in Northern New York strawberry crops.

Mr. Shields, a Cornell University entomologist, has had success with applying the microscopic worms to control the alfalfa snout beetle.

The workshop in Gouverneur and one March 4 in Paul Smiths will also focus on new ways of growing strawberries in field soil, detecting and mitigating soil-borne pests, and using biological controls. Berry specialist Laura McDermott will present information on June-bearing and day neutral growing systems, root problems, and spotted wing drosophila.

For more information and to register for the $5 production workshops, contact Amy Ivy, a Cooperative Extension horticultural specialist, at 518-561-7450, adi2@cornell.edu.

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