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Cooperative Extension System to demonstrate pest management (Released: 9/8/95)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System is holding a public demonstration of pest management Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Johnny Appleseed's Apple Orchard in Ellington.

The Integrated Pest Management Team will show how apple growers are managing pests and reducing pesticides through natural predators, weather monitoring, precision pesticide use and cultural controls. Cider will be served. The raindate is Sunday, Sept. 17.

Johnny Appleseed's, located on Route 83 in Ellington, boasts 20,000 trees on 100 acres and sells apples, peaches, pears, prunes, plums and nectarines. The shop also sells vegetables, including sweet corn, squash, tomatoes and pumpkins grown on another 50 acres. Johnny Appleseed's has been involved with the UConn pest management team since 1983.

The team works with nurseries, greenhouses and farmers to curb the use of pesticides. The team has saved state growers and grounds keepers from using $613,757 worth of pesticides, or 66,912 pounds, between 1984-1994.

For more information, please call (860) 486-6449.

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