Oregon State University



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The Role of Predators, Parasitic Wasps, and Native Bees in Christmas Tree Farms

Thursday, June 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

We will be meeting at Green Valley Farm to learn about beneficial insects and native pollinators and the plants, landscapes and farming practices that support them in Oregon Christmas tree farms.  Your farm likely already has currently existing plants and locations that can be further exploited to provide resources beneficial insects need to remain on the farm.  Come learn about these beneficials that can aid in pest management.  The Farmscaping for Beneficials Project of the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) at Oregon State University (OSU), and the farmers at Green Valley Farm encourage all interested growers, extension personnel, consultants and conservationists to take a break with us for a period of discovery with native bees, predators and parasitic wasps Thursday June 1, 2017

 You will learn:

what plants and practices support beneficial insects and native pollinators

what conservation practices Christmas tree growers are currently using and why

how these practices are integrated into Christmas tree production systems

field identification, and biology of beneficial insects and native bees

latest data on beneficial insects that occur on OR Christmas tree farms

 Green Valley Farm is a second-generation family farm located in the western foothills of the Oregon Cascade Mountains.

They currently have approximately 300 acres,that include Christmas trees, hay, and timber.  Noble fir, Nordman fir, Grand fir, and Scotch pine in 3 different grades are wholesaled to retail lot operators.  Having operated a retail lot in Texas 20 years ago, they have a keen understanding of the value of customer service, the intrinsic value of fresh trees and sustainable practices.  The farm is surrounded by diverse habitat and they have established grass cover in the trees.

 Using Green Valley Farm as our classroom we will discuss designing and enhancing on-farm habitat in and around the Christmas tree fields.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take in advice from innovative, veteran growers and OSU researchers as we begin to understand and observe how the complex web of on-farm biodiversity and crop production interact on Oregon Christmas tree farms. Lunch will be provided.


Green Valley Farm
Gwendolyn Ellen
gwendolyn at science.oregonstate.edu