A new management tool for planning your IPM activities at your nursery has been developed. “GDD” is online, and uses the current growing degree days to determine what pests you should be scouting for, and what stage they’re at. Susceptibility timing for treatment or action is also included for common nursery pests. The program was developed through a Growing Forward 2 grant awarded to Landscape Ontario with the collaboration of PhytoServ, OMAFRA, Uxbridge Nurseries and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.
To access the online tool (http://gdd.nvca.on.ca), contact Dr. Jeanine West (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-705-796-8812) for your farm code and a copy of the user guide. Once you have a farm code, you can log in and use the tool. PhytoServ will track the use of the tool, so that long-term support and maintenance of the tool can be acquired, if appropriate (user information will be confidential).