Utah Pests News Spring 2009

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UTAH PESTS In-Service Training Featured Whitney Cranshaw

  Speakers included (left to right): Diane Alston, Ryan Davis, JayDee Gunnell, Alicia Moulton, Whitney Cranshaw, Marion Murray, and Chuck Gay.  Not pictured are Erin Hodgson, Erin Frank, Extension agents Taun Beddes and Maggie Shao, and Dr. Fred Baker, Forest Pathologist at USU.

 The Utah Pests In-Service Training highlighted turf and ornamental diagnostics and pest management February 3 and 4 in Provo.  The event featured 12 presentations by USU faculty, Extension agents, and keynote speaker Dr. Whitney Cranshaw. Dr. Cranshaw, professor and Extension entomologist at Colorado State University, is a renowned insect photographer, and author of five books and numerous Extension publications.   He captivated the audience of 45 with topics from butterfly gardening, to thousand cankers diseases, to insect “scatology” (identifying insects based on excrement).   All presentations are available on the Utah Pests Web site.

  Participants interacted with speakers at the specimen display area, which included microscopes for personalized pest diagnostics, and demonstrations such as use of sweep nets, beating trays, and hand lenses.

The In-Service Training concluded with a “dueling diagnostics” segment that challenged everyone and was rated a favorite by the audience, which included agents, public garden horticulturists, golf course managers, and members of the green industry.

-Erin Hodgson, Extension Entomologist