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Consumer Horticulture IPM Working Group

This working group holds webinars and develops online learning modules on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) topics related to pest management in the North Central region. Our audience is Extension Master Gardeners, and garden center employees, anyone interested in controlling pests on home landscapes. Our purpose is to raise awareness, knowledge, and use of IPM in home landscapes.

Spotlight on North Central Consumer Horticulture Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The North Central Consumer Horticulture IPM Working Group harnessed the power of the internet to reach gardeners, including Extension Master Gardeners and garden center employees, in the United States and Canada with several webinars which were then enhanced into learning modules promoting IPM.

One online module, Process of Diagnosing Plant Problems, teaches the participant how to determine what is wrong with a plant through a series of questions and Extension resources. This step-by-step process is often a roadblock for Extension Master Gardeners as they help homeowners to diagnose what is wrong with their plants. Focusing on the process itself was a new approach to teaching.

Members and Collaborators

Project Investigators

Dr. Mary H. Meyer
Professor and Extension Horticulturist
University of Minnesota
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
952-443-1447; 952-443-2521 fax

Dr. Vera Krischik
Associate Professor and Extension Entomologist
University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Ave #219
St. Paul, MN 55108
612-625-7044; 612-625-5299

The following people are active members

Dr. Susan E. Rice Mahr
Department of Horticulture
1575 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-265-4504; 608-262-4743 fax

Dr. Rhoda Burrows
Extension Horticulture Specialist
Box 2140A; 255A NPB
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD  57007

Monica David
Extension Specialist
Department of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois
1007 Plant Sciences Lab
1201 S Dorner Dr MC-634
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-265-5256

Terri James
Extension Assistant - Urban Gardening
Agronomy and Horticulture
University of Nebraska
377B Plant Science
Lincoln NE 68583-0915
Phone: 402-472-8973

Cynthia Haynes
Associate Professor
Department of Horticulture
131 Horticulture Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1100
515-294-0730 (fax)

Mary A. Wilson
State Coordinator, Master Gardener Volunteer Program
Horticulture Educator MSU Extension
Michigan State University
28115 Meadowbrook Road
Novi, MIĀ  48377
248-380-9193 (fax)

Pam Bennett, State MG Coordinator
Ohio State University
4400 Gateway Blvd. Suite 104
Springfield, Ohio 45502
937-328-4609 fax

Dr. Celeste Welty
Associate Professor and Extension Entomology
Ohio State University
1991 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-9783 (fax)

Denise Ellsworth
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Summit County and the Western Reserve
Ohio State University
2525 State Rd
Suite 250
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
330-928-4769 X 21

Julie Weisenhorn, Extension Educator - Horticulture
University of Minnesota Extension
158 Alderman Hall - 1970 Folwell Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
Cell: 952-239-6608

Cassie Larson
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association
1813 Lexington Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

David Graper
McCrory Gardens
South Dakota State University
631 22Nd Ave.
Brookings, SD 57007

Consumer Horticulture IPM Working Group (NCCHWG) Priorities

The North Central Consumer Horticulture IPM Working Group (NCCWG) overall objectives are to promote collaboration among scientific and extension programs in the North Central states and to increase knowledge of IPM practices in landscapes. They will meet these objectives by focusing on seven objectives related to IPM of landscapes and gardens. And they will develop three new webinars and learning modules on IPM. Webinar announcements and dates are posted online: learn.extension.org.

In Objective 1, they will develop a webinar/module on small fruits (strawberries and blueberries) and IPM for spotted wing Drosophila, marmorated stink bug, and tarnished plant bug and diseases in home gardens and landscapes.

In Objective 2, they will develop a webinar/module on home lawns and IPM of European cranefly and Japanese beetle and selected fungal diseases.

In Objective 3, they will develop a webinar/module on pesticides and pollinators.

In Objective 4, they will develop an online portal for the NC IPM working group products on the eXtension website to promote the work they have accomplished to further increase knowledge of IPM in home landscapes. Past and future webinars will be developed into modules at campus.extension.org.

In Objective 5, they will develop a citizen's science-like project on pollinators, with plots at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum installed with native and cultivated garden plants where visitors and Extension Master Gardeners can count the pollinators in each plot and turn their results into a collection box to determine if native or garden plants support more pollinators.

In Objective 6, they will develop this demonstration project into a protocol for other botanic gardens or display gardens in the North Central region. Lastly, in Objective 7, they will write an article on the demonstration project and IPM programs.

Regional IPM Webinars Reach Large Extension Master Gardener Audiences