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April 2017

Brown Bag – Apple Anthracnose Canker in Western Washington – Whitney Garton

April 14 @ 12:00 am1:00 pm

Title:  Apple Anthracnose Canker in Western Washington Presenter: Whitney Garton, MS Student, Dept. of Horticulture Description: This presentation will focus on Ms. Garton’s three studies on managing apple anthracnose canker in cider apple orchards in western Washington. The three studies include: 1) the role of wounding and host infection by Neofabraea malicorticis, and if Bordeaux mix can prevent and control infection with or without wounding; 2) fungicide evaluation for control of cankers; and 3) evaluation of cultural practices to manage established cankers.

Eligible for 1 pesticide credit.


Brown Bag – Implications of planting seed potato tubers infected with Potato virus Y – Debra Inglis

April 20 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Title: Implications of planting seed potato tubers infected with Potato virus Y Presenter: Dr. Debra Inglis, Plant Pathologist, WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Description: New strains of Potato virus Y have been detected recently in northwestern Washington and because they are sometimes difficult to detect, confound traditional seed potato certification and virus disease management protocols. This seminar will describe recent work by Beissinger, Benedict, and Inglis on recognizing and managing this important virus disease problem which can occur on specialty potatoes grown in our region for both seed potato and fresh market sales.

Eligible for 1 pesticide credit. 

May 2017

Brown Bag Seminar – Wiharti Purba – Seed germination of broadleaf dock

May 11 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 WA-536
Mt Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Seed germination of broadleaf dock and implications for northwestern Washington berry producers. Broadleaf dock is a widespread perennial weed in the berry fields and pastures of northwestern Washington.  Master of Science candidate Wiharti Purba will discuss results of her seed germination trials with this troublesome species, as well as the effectiveness of several herbicides aimed at its control.

Eligible for 1 pesticide credit. 

Brown Bag Seminar – Rebecca Brunn – Do mycorrhizal fungi have a role to play after dam removal?

May 24 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 WA-536
Mt Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Do mycorrhizal fungi have a role to play after dam removal? Rebecca Bunn, Western Washington University, Environmental Sciences. Restoration following dam removal projects may depend in part on recovery of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) and ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungal communities, which form symbioses with most land plants and perform important functions belowground. The removal of two dams from the Elwha River (Washington, United States) left 300 ha of dewatered reservoir sediments, an ideal study system for evaluating the availability and function of mycorrhizal inoculum in recently dewatered reservoirs.

Brown Bag – Weed Identification – Tim Miller

May 25 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tim Miller, Weed Scientist, WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. Annuals are the most common type of weeds in cultivated ground.  In this hands-on field class, identification characteristics of the many annual weeds present in the area will be discussed, as well as their biology and aspects of control. Meet at the back door and then move immediately into the field.

Eligible for 1 pesticide credit. 

June 2017

Brown Bag – Raccoons to Wireworms: Developing Programs and Responding to Needs in San Juan County Extension. Dr. Brook Brouwer

June 9 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm

Ten months into a new position, Brook Brouwer, Director of WSU San Juan County Extension will discuss how he is assessing needs of the community and working to develop relevant Extension programs. Brook will also share some of the high lights, low lights and humorous moments of working in a County extension office.

September 2017

Brown Bag Seminar – Chris Benedict – Working in Extension

September 14 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 WA-536
Mt Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Working in Extension. Chris Benedict, WSU Extension Whatcom County. Congress created the Cooperative Extension Service in 1914 in order to educate people about new developments from the growing land-grant university system. This seminar will talk about the function of Extension in the modern land-grant university system, the role of the area educator/specialist, and what it’s like as a career path.

Brown Bag – Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. David Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington

September 26 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

MacArthur Fellow David R. Montgomery will discuss his latest book, Growing A Revolution, in which he visits farmers around the world at the forefront of a soil health revolution.  Combining ancient wisdom with modern science their regenerative practices translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, and can help feed us all, cool the planet and restore life to the land.

October 2017

Brown Bag – Biodegradable mulch impact on Pseudomonas and endophytes. Debra Inglis and Lydia Tymon

October 16 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Agricultural mulches are commonly utilized in pumpkin cropping systems to reduce weeds and insect pests, reduce water outputs, prevent soil erosion, and promote plant growth. Differences in mulches used could create unique soil environments, potentially selecting for distinct endophytes and plant pathogens. This presentation will discuss the effect of agricultural mulches on endophyte frequency of isolation and disease incidence and severity of pathogens on pumpkins.

Eligible for 1 pesticide credit.