Events Friday

ECA ANNUAL MEETING

Exotic Conifer Association

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd 2022

Hosted by Marlene and Larry Downey at

Downey Tree Farm & Nursery, Inc. in Hatley, Quebec

Friday tours and demonstrations will cover:

  • Seed Orchard Pollination Techniques

  • Cone Harvesting, Drying, Processing

  • Insect and Weed Control

  • ID and Control of Root Disease

Agenda

8:00 Registration (Coffee & Donuts)

8:30 Welcome and Farm/Nursery History - the Downey's

9:00 Conifer Insect News, Dr. Richard Cowles, CT. Ag. Station

10:00 Controlled Pollination of Abies - Larry & Jimmy Downey

  • Picking Parents, Scouting for pollen

  • Covering immature cones

  • Harvesting and processing pollen

  • Identifying receptive female cones

  • Injecting receptive female cones with pollen

  • Record keeping

12:00 Box Lunch and ECA Business Meeting

1:00 Harvesting & Processing Conifer Cones/Seed - Downey's

  • Ready to pick test? Is later better?

  • Air drying cones & seed

  • Separating & cleaning seed

  • Seed testing & storage

  • Record keeping

2:30 Weed Control News - Dr. Jatinder Aulakh, CT Ag. Exp. Station

3:30 Conifer Root Disease - ID & Control - Dr. Justin WhiteHill, NCSU

6:00 ECA Dinner and Social at local restaurant (tbd)


Complete the attached registration form here or online and the 2022 ECA Membership form here.


Lodging REcommendations:

Delta Hotels by Marriott, Sherbrooke: 1-819-822-1989

HoTeL Gouverneur, Sherbrooke: 1-888-910-1111

Hotel Le President, Sherbrooke: 1-800-363-2941


CONTACTS:

  • Downey Tree Farm Office: 1-819-566-0319 or 1-819-842-3449


  • Jimmy Downey: 1-819-212-0333


  • Larry Downey: 1-819-678-5329