Castagnoli speaks on pest management

Steve Castagnoli will speak on “Innovations in Orchard Management to Protect Water Quality in the Hood River Valley” at the next Hood River Watershed Group meeting, 7 p.m. April 23, at the OSU Extension meeting room.

Castagnoli, the OSU Extension agent for the past 13 years, has worked extensively with orchardists in the Hood River Watershed to implement pesticide management practices that reduce impacts to the water quality of local rivers and streams.

He has also promoted a Valley-wide integrated pest management strategy that utilizes a non-chemical method to prevent coddling moth infestations of pear and apple crops.

Highlights of his talk will include spray application techniques that reduce drift to sensitive areas, creating unsprayed vegetated buffers along orchard perimeters, and a best management practices outreach program that includes training for Spanish-speaking pesticide applicators.

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