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NMSU Extension specialist to present hoop house pest management workshop in Bosque Farms

LOS LUNAS, N.M. Season-extension techniques, such as hoop houses, not only extend the season for crops, but for pests, too.

"Even experienced growers can encounter difficulties when facing the extra challenges involved in managing pests in hoop houses and similar protected cropping environments," said Tess Grasswitz, New Mexico State University Extension integrated pest management specialist.

"On the plus side, though, hoop houses offer an opportunity to use biological controls, such as commercially raised predators and parasites, to manage the pests. However, using beneficial insects in this way requires good knowledge not only of the pests, but also of the appropriate natural enemies to choose, and how to use them in the most effective way."

Grasswitz will elaborate on all of these issues during a free workshop from 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, hosted by the Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service. The workshop will be held at a private home in Bosque Farms.

For more information about the workshop, and directions to the location, contact the Valencia County Extension office at 505-565-3002.