Greenhouse and nursery owners and operators are continually interested in improving their bottom line. Increased efficiency of production, including water quality and environmental management, pesticide application, and exploring new crop opportunities are all ways to increase profitability. For more information, please contact Beth Fausey Scheckelhoff at email@example.com or 419-354-6919.
- 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch and Keynote Speaker with Michelle Jones
- 12:45 – 2:15 Session 1
Keys to Success: Flowering of Herbaceous Perennials (Beth Scheckelhoff)
This workshops provides an in depth look at the techniques necessary to flower a wide variety of herbaceous perennails in greenhouse and nursery settings. Participants will learn how environmental conditions such as light and temperature affect dormancy, growth and flowering as well as key tips on growth regulation and maintenance to ensure marketability. Participants will develop action plans and forcing schedules to use int heir own operations.
Water Alkalinity and its Effect on Substrate pH (Claudio Pasian)
Participants in this workshop will learn about water alkalinity and its effect on substrate pH. Easy to use kits readily available in the market will be utilized by participants to measure water alkalinity. Participants will also learn how to correct water alkalinity with mineral acids.
- 2:15 – 3:00 pm Refreshments with Sponsor and Product Reviews
- 3:00 - 4:30 pm Session 2
Improving the Efficiency of Pesticide Applications (Dennis Lewandowski and Luis Canas)
Participants will learn the primary factors to consider when applying pesticides including effective scouting methods, insect and disease detection, and tips on equipment calibration. The workshop will also cover proper selection of pesticides for insect and disease management with an emphasis on current information on pesticide rotations used to manage important greenhouse insect and diseases. Pesticide credits will be provided.
Introduction to Hydroponic Production (Beth Scheckelhoff and Chad Draper)
Participants will gain insight into hydroponic vegetable production including an overview of growing systems, crops, and management practices. Participants will also learn about resources and business development tools specifically designed for greenhouse producers. This session is appropriate for both beginning and exisiting growers.
- 4:30–5:00 PM Final thoughts and evaluations