Matt Shultz, who graduated in 2006 with a degree in horticulture, was recently featured on the cover of Nursery Management and Production magazine. Shultz is the irrigation and plant health supervisor at Conard-Pyle’s Centerville, Md. location, a well-known and high quality nursery.
According to the article, he was instrumental in the implementation of an integrated pest management system at the Maryland nursery:
Shultz, a sharp and attentive young nurseryman, took note of several things related to pests, from naturally occurring beneficials to the timing of certain pest damage in relation to plant growth cycles. Shultz thought back to his classroom days at West Virginia University where an entomology professor inspired him to embrace integrated pest management practices. Shultz approached his boss with the idea of releasing beneficial insects to control pests.
“I have a very open-minded boss at the farm, and I think without him this program would have never come to be,” Shultz said. “We both saw the potential of such a program, and he spoke to upper management about implementing it.”
To read more about how the system was implemented, please click here.