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Gearing Up for Spring: Back to Basics

February 16 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm

Kick off your growing season with a refresher on the must-have best management practices for successful greenhouse operations.

Disease, irrigation, pesticides, and fertilizer are some of the most common greenhouse growing considerations – and the most difficult to master. In this course, let us help you gear up for spring with a Back to Basics course on best management practices for greenhouse growing.

Who should attend?

  • Experienced growers looking for a refresher
  • Novice growers looking to improve their skills
  • Team members looking to get a deeper understanding of growing practices

What will you get out of your registration?

  • A refresher on best management practices for greenhouse growing
  • Ideas to further develop your operations
  • Access to well-respected experts to answer your questions
  • Access to the recording

Check out our expert speakers & topics being covered:

Common Greenhouse Diseases and Best Management Practices

Margery Daughtrey – View Bio

Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University

To start out the class, Margery will provide an overview of the kinds of diseases (biotic and abiotic) you may encounter during greenhouse production. You’ll learn about the different categories of pathogens (fungi, bacteria, nematodes and viruses) that can cause ugly symptoms on plants when environmental conditions are favorable. Good sanitation practices, good cultural conditions, and keen-eyed scouting are all-important! Margery will also describe some of the cultural, environmental and chemical control measures that will help you defend your crops against dreadful diseases using best management practices.

Greenhouse Irrigation Management

Marc van Iersel – View Bio

Vincent J. Dooley Professor in Horticulture, University of Georgia

Irrigation is critical in the greenhouse setting and heavily impacts crop growth and quality. However, the importance of good irrigation management is often overlooked. Marc’s presentation will cover three different types of irrigations system – subirrigation, overhead, and drip – and review the pros and cons of each system. He will also talk about how to determine the amount of water your crop needs and issues associated with both over-and under-watering.

Pesticide Calculations and Applications

Broch Martindale – View Bio

National Nursery and Greenhouse Strategic Account Manager, Corteva Agriscience

Broch will cover topics that should be part of every pesticide training program to help you grow a great crop this coming season. Pesticide misapplication can be costly and is one of the most common reasons for crop loss, so be sure you and your team are ready with these important reminders focused on mixing and calibrating your equipment and your team.

Fertilizer Calculations and Applications

Neil Mattson – View Bio

Professor & Extension Greenhouse Specialist, Cornell University

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

This old adage holds especially true for your crop’s fertilizer management. In this session, Neil will discuss the basics of root-zone monitoring for pH and electrical conductivity (EC). He will also cover proactive laboratory tissue analysis and how substrate analysis can keep your fertility program on track before problems develop. Learn about resources to interpret laboratory analysis and diagnosing and solving some of the most common nutrient disorders.

Registration is FREE to AmericanHort members and $99 for non-members.

Sponsored by:

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Free for AmericanHort members and $99 for non-members.

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