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Plant health is a very important aspect within the horticultural industry. The Penn State Water Resources Extension is offering a free webinar Tuesday on how plant pathogens enter irrigation systems and how they move around once inside. The webinar will focus on the relationship between crop health, irrigation water supply and recycled water quality.

How to participate?

The live webinar is scheduled to run noon to 1 p.m. Simply go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water/ and sign in as a “guest”. Type in your name. If this will be your first webinar, you may want to test your computer and internet connection for compatibility at: https://meeting.psu.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

The presenters

Dr. Gary Moorman, Professor of Plant Pathology, will lead the presentation on Tuesday, 7 January. He will be joined by five other presenters. The other presenters are: Dr. Warren Copes, Ornamental Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS; Dr. John Lea-Cox, Professor of Horticulture with the University of Maryland; Dr. Jim Pease, Professor of Ag Econ with Virginia Tech; Dr. Andrew Ristvey, Associate Professor of Horticulture with the University of Maryland; and Dr. Chuan Hong, Professor of Plant Pathology and Project Coordinator with Virginia Tech.

Additional webinars on various topics will be offered each month. Topics will include: how to determine if water is clean or contaminated; chlorination of recycled water; irrigation management practices; layout of the recycling irrigation system; and water quality to name a few. A full schedule of upcoming webinars can be found at: http://www.irrigation-pathogens.ppws.vt.edu/webinar/index.php.

These webinars are open to anyone wishing to learn more on the respective subjects.

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