On-line Greenhouse Scout School

Cornell University is partnering with the University of Vermont and the University of Maine to offer a 6-week webinar series in scouting for disease, insect and weed pests of greenhouse ornamentals. Learn how to identify the major pests of greenhouse floriculture crops, make scouting faster and easier, communicate with growers and owners, and find resources to help. 

Sessions will be led by Stephanie Barnett, Margery Daughtrey, Betsy Lamb, Elise Lobdell, John Sanderson and Cheryl Sullivan.
 

February 1-March 8

Learn to identify the major pests of greenhouse floriculture crops, make scouting faster and easier, communicate with growers and owners, and find resources to help.

Certificate Program: 6–7:30 p.m.
Webinar Series: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Certificate Program

Earn a certificate demonstrating your knowledge and skills as a greenhouse scout. This option includes all presentations, scouting equipment, electronic resources and discussions with presenters and other students.

Cost: $250
Registration deadline: January 22
 

Webinar Series

Choose only the sessions that match your area of interest. 

Cost: $25 per session or $125 for all six sessions. 
Registration deadline: January 24

Pesticide Recertification Credits

Pesticide recertification credits are available with both registration options. New England Pesticide recertification credits applied for. 1.00 NYS DEC Pesticide recertification credit in categories 1a, 3, 3c, 24, and 25 for each webinar. To receive credits, you must be on your own computer or smart device so we can identify who is present.

Schedule

February 1

  • Introduction to scouting
  • Identification of
    • fungus gnats
    • shoreflies
    • drain flies

February 8

  • Mechanics of scouting and record keeping
  • Identification of thrips and virus diseases
     

February 15

  • Resources and how to find information
  • Identification of mites and botrytis    
     

February 22

  • Techniques for scouting – greenhouse overview
  • Identification of aphids and abiotic issues
     

March 1

  • Techniques for scouting – use of traps and tools
  • Identification of whiteflies and mildews
     

March 8

  • Communicating scouting information to others
  • Identification of mealybugs and scales