CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will present a program in November to help participants implement the latest regional research in integrated pest management and nutrient management systems that protect water quality and crop yields.

The two-day workshop, "Integrated Pest and Nutrient Management Options: Practices to Protect Water Quality and Enhance Crop Yields," will run Nov. 8-9 at the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis. This program will help participants to:

  • Evaluate pest and nutrient management alternatives in terms of economic and environmental impacts;
  • Assess the potential impacts of weather and climate on pesticide application decisions;
  • Determine effective and viable mitigation strategies to reduce off-site transport of nutrients and pesticides;
  • Locate and effectively use online tools and models.

This is the sixth workshop developed by the Integrated Soil Nutrient and Pest (iSNAP) Water Quality Education Project in a continually evolving curriculum customized to the local area, crops and water quality concerns. The project is part of a collaboration among OSU, Washington State University, the University of Idaho, the Environmental Protection Agency and other specialists to produce innovative educational programs for agricultural professionals in the Northwest.

The two-day program offers seven pesticide recertification credits from Oregon, Washington and California and 15 Certified Crop Adviser credits.

To register for this program or to learn more about the project, visit the iSNAP website at or contact Mary Staben at 541-737-2683 or

The workshop agenda is as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 8

  • Pesticides in the Agricultural Environment: USGS Results from Oregon and Washington, Hank Johnson, USGS
  • Pesticide Properties Influence Environmental Fate and Water Resource Contamination, Jeff Jenkins, OSU
  • Pesticide Application Technology and Drift Management, Paul Jepson, OSU
  • Vegetative Buffers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Sandy Halstead, US EPA
  • Weather Models and Pest Management Decision Timing, Len Coop, OSU
  • Making It Real: Pest Management Case Studies in Vegetable and Grass Seed Systems, John Luna, Ed Peachey, Paul Jepson, OSU and Sandy Halstead, EPA
  • Tuning IPM Programs to Meet Water Quality and Grower Objectives, Paul Jepson, OSU

Thursday, Nov. 9

  • Benefits and Limitations of Nutrient Management Plans, Dan Sullivan, OSU
  • Implementing Improved Nitrogen Management Practices on High Value Vegetable Crops, Tim Hartz, UC Davis
  • Managing Nutrients and Salts Using Industrial and Irrigation Waters, Don Horneck, OSU
  • What We Are Learning from Organic Farms about Nitrogen Management, Dan Sullivan, OSU
  • From Deficiency to Excess: Maintaining Production with Reduced Phosphorus Inputs, Tim Hartz, UC Davis
  • Nutrient Management: The Next Generation, Dan Sullivan, OSU
  • Current Nutrient Management Research, Don Horneck, OSU

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