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Pesticide Recertification Credits
November 10, 2016
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= Pesticide Recertification Credit has been approved for these sessions. Some sessions are approved only for New York State, some for different amounts of credits, and some for different categories of applicators. Details are included in the session grid below, and in the credit key at the bottom of this page.
Time Track 9:
Track 10:
Greenhouse Automation
Track 11:
Growing Vegetables in the Greenhouse
Track 12:
Hands-on Workshops
Track 13:
Moderator 1: Tina Smith
Moderator 2: Geoffrey Njue
Moderator 1: Mandy Bayer
Moderator 2: Scott Longfellow
Moderator 1: Neil Mattson
Moderator 2: Cora McGehee
Moderator: Rosa Raudales Moderator 1: Leonard Perry
Moderator 2: Sarah Salatino
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. What’s New and How Do We Stop It: Disease Management on Flowers and Herbs in the Greenhouse
Margery Daughtrey, Cornell Univiversity

It seems there are more downy mildews to deal with every time you turn around, and a different virus attacking your bedding plants every year. And we still haven’t licked Pythium, Thielaviopsis, Botrytis or Xanthomonas. Learn to recognize the most important diseases of flower and herb crops, and how to best control them with IPM practices.
NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29
Commonsense Greenhouse Mechanization: Lower Labor Input
John Bartok, University of Connecticut

With labor the greatest cost in producing plants, growers need to evaluate their methods to see where savings can be made. Efficient methods and low cost equipment can improve production and lower labor input. Learn some simple techniques and devices and take a look at some of the latest technology.
Yield Response to CO2 Enrichment
Tom Manning, Rutgers University

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is essential for photosynthesis and crop growth. Crop response to elevated CO2 depends on many factors, including species, stage of growth and light levels. Learn about responses of different crops, and considerations and recommendations for supplying and controlling CO2 levels in greenhouses.
Monitoring the Greenhouse Environment
Chris Currey, Iowa State University

Light and temperature have a great impact on greenhouse crop growth and development. Knowing how to effectively monitor your greenhouse environment can help you produce high-quality crops reliably. Learn about some tools that measure and monitor light and temperature.
Proven New Perennials
Sinclair Adam Jr., Pennsylvania State University

Which of the many new perennials on the market are good landscape and garden plants? See the best new performers in the region-- plants that have shown promise in trials at Penn State University’s Flower Trials.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Mealybug Management: How to Deal with this “Fuzzy-Sucking” Insect Pest
Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University

Mealybugs are among the most difficult insect pests to deal with in greenhouse production systems. Learn about the biology, behavior, and damage associated with mealybugs, and the most effective management strategies to prevent outbreaks. Results will be shown from recent efficacy trials associated with evaluating insecticides against mealybugs.
NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29,31
Sensor Based Irrigation for Height Control
Mandy Bayer, University of Massachusetts

Soil moisture sensor controlled automated irrigation can increase irrigation efficiency and reduce water use during plant production. The precise control possible with this technology provides the potential to control plant growth with deficit irrigation. Learn about the systems and their impacts on plant growth.
Yield Responses to Supplemental Lighting
Celina Gómez, University of Florida

Supplemental lighting (SL) technology is typically used to deliver moderate light to increase photosynthesis and growth of greenhouse crops. This review covers appropriate conditions for using SL, suitable light sources, important aspects of using SL, and current research on different types of SL for greenhouse-grown vegetables.
Monitoring Growing Media: pH and EC
Rosa Raudales, University of Connecticut

Learn how to properly collect samples from plugs and larger containers, how to measure pH and EC of the growing media, and how to interpret the results to make decisions. Come ready to be an active participant!
Trends From the Trenches
Stephanie Cohen, Collegeville PA

The “Perennial Diva” returns to our conference to highlight the latest trends with perennials, and how to use these trends and particular plants in your marketing.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dedicated Trade Show and Harvest Market Lunch
Time Track 14:
Track 15:
Greenhouse Engineering
Track 16:
Hydroponic Vegetables
Track 17:
Hands-on Workshops
Track 18:
Moderator 1: Tina Smith
Moderator 2: Cheryl Smith
Moderator 1: Rosa Raudales
Moderator 2: Juan Cabrera
Moderator 1: Neil Mattson
Moderator 2: Kathy Murray
Moderator 1: Lisa Tewksbury
Moderator 2: Heather Faubert
Moderator 1: Leonard Perry
Moderator 2: Sarah Salatino
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. The Ins and Outs of Using Biopesticides to Manage Diseases of Greenhouse Flowers and Herbs
Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University

Can we fight fire with fire? Bacteria with bacteria? Fungi with fungi? Yes, we can! Learn about opportunities for biological control of some of the major diseases affecting floral and herbal crops. Increase your understanding of Trichoderma, Bacillus and Streptomyces, and learn what they can do for you.
NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29
Energy Efficient Greenhouse Design
Tom Manning, Rutgers University

Energy represents a significant portion of greenhouse operating costs. Greenhouse designs can incorporate many different energy efficiency measures. Learn about available options and their applicability in different types of greenhouse operations and structures.
Growing Basil Start to Finish
Chris Currey, Iowa State University

Basil is the most popular culinary herb grown hydroponically. Are you interested in beginning production or improving your current production? This session covers production from selecting cultivars and hydroponic production systems, to managing light, temperature, and nutrient solutions to maximize production.
How to Get the Most From Your Beneficial Insects
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady

Most greenhouse operations incorporate some form of biological control into their operations these days. Get tips and recommendations on how to get the most out of these beneficials so you are running the most efficient program possible.
NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24
NE: not approved for credit in New England
Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden
Kelly Norris, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Gardeners need chic, sustainable, thriving plants for modern lifestyles. Join 20-something plantsman Kelly Norris for a spirited provocative call for a garden revolution: out with boring plants and in with stylish alternatives that captivate and enthrall. For every environment, structure and season, he shines a spotlight on A-list plants — plants that will thrive, not merely survive.
Time Track 19:
Moderator 1: Sue Adams
Moderator 2: Angela Madeiras
2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Social Media for Greenhouse Growers and Garden Centers
Kathy Kelley, Penn State University

As overwhelming as it might be, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) can be used by both retailers and wholesalers to reach customers. Learn about the various social networks, messages, posts, and images you can use to engage consumers.
Net Zero Energy Greenhouse: Growing with Zero Emissions
Jeff Marstaller, Cozy Acres Greenhouses

In 2014, after growing conventionally in double poly greenhouses for 15 years, Cozy Acres Greenhouses added a 3,000 sq ft Conley greenhouse which has its electricity produced from the sun and its heat from the earth, with emissions at zero. Learn about the facility, grant sourcing, tax credits and accelerated depreciation.
Managing Nutrient Solutions for Hydroponic Leafy Greens and Herbs
Neil Mattson, Cornell University

Hydroponic greens and herbs are produced in systems with recirculating nutrient solution. In order to maintain productive high-quality crops, it is important to know how to properly maintain your nutrient solution. Learn strategies for managing pH and EC, formulating nutrient solutions, and identifying common nutrient disorders.
Ornamental Grasses: Plants and Combinations That Sell
Stephanie Cohen, Collegeville PA

Don’t overlook ornamental grasses in your sales and marketing, as these multifunctional perennials are aesthetic, easy to grow, and provide habitat for wildlife. Learn from a plant pro which are best, and how to combine them effectively.
3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Gardening with a Y
Kelly Norris, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

With all the discussion around the issue of Generation X and Y gardeners, some might wonder what the future holds for horticulture. Confounding the issue is a general lack of demographic data and inaccurate perceptions of young or beginning gardeners. Why not talk to a Gen Y horticulturist about the needs, wants and interests of new gardeners under 40?
Perennials for Pollinators: Choosing the Best, Using Them Effectively
Annie White, Nectar Landscape Consulting

Pollinator-friendly landscaping is a trend in our industry. Learn about some of the top perennial picks for pleasing pollinators, and hear about creative and effective ways to use these plants in the landscape to help support a diversity of pollinators.
Key to NY license categories:
  • 1a=Agricultural Plant
  • 3a=Ornamental and Turf
  • 24=Greenhouse and Florist
  • 25=Nursery, Ornamentals and Turf
Key to New England (NE) license categories:
  • 26=Greenhouse (private license)
  • 29=Nursery (private license)
  • 31=Vegetable (private license)
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