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Pest Guide
Pesticide Recertification Credits
November 9, 2016
Some presentation slides and support materials have been provided by the presenters. At the bottom of the session description, look for PPT to download. Hover over session descriptions in the Spanish Language track to read the Spanish translation!
= 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 1:
Track 2:
Greenhouse Management
Track 3:
Business and Marketing
Track 4:
Spanish Language
Allied Trade Sponsored Session
Moderator 1: Tina Smith
Moderator 2: Kathy Murray
Moderator 1: Ryan Dickson
Moderator 2: Amy Papineau
Moderator 1: Alicia Rihn
Moderator 2: Mark Adams
Moderator 1: Rosa Raudales
Moderator 2: TBD
Moderator: TBD
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Thrips Tips, Pot Drips, Mite Blips, and Neonic Hits: Management Matters from 2016
Dan Gilrein, Cornell University

Thrips, broad mites and chemical sensitivity were hot issues in 2016 for greenhouse growers, who sought information on managing pests with fewer or no neonicotinoids. This presentation will cover these topics and address how to recognize and manage these pests most effectively.
NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24
NE:1 credit, categories 26,29,31
Water Quality for Irrigation
Bill Argo, The Blackmore Co.

The goal of this session is to help growers understand their irrigation water. It will include information on how to interpret a water test, different water sources, and how irrigation water influences both pH management and plant nutrition.
5-5-5 Best Ideas for Marketing
Grower Panel
Moderators: Mark Adams & Alicia Rihn

Staying alive in our competitive environment takes quick thinking and good ideas. "5" panelists- 5 minutes each- 5 great ideas each. Sue Adams, Terry Smith, Teri Boardman, and Dustyn Nelson will tell us what worked to attract customers and increase sales. Our fifth panelist is the audience. What have you done that works? Take away innovative ideas from this interactive session to help your business grow.
Understanding Plants: Why We do What We Do in the Greenhouse
Carlos Bográn, OHP, Inc.

This presentation will focus on basic concepts of plant health, factors that limit normal plant growth and development, irrigation practices, basic plant nutrition, pH and EC management and other cultural and crop management practices that directly and indirectly affect plant quality and susceptibility to pests and diseases.

NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24
NE: not approved for credit in New England
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Alternatives to Neonicotinoids
Carlos Bográn, OHP, Inc.

This presentation summarizes the attributes and limitations of neonicotinoid insecticides in floriculture and nursery production, and provides tips on the use of alternative chemistries within integrated pest management programs focused on production of high quality plants.
NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24,25
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29,31
Advanced Plant Nutrition: Getting the Most Out of Your Fertilizer
Bill Argo, The Blackmore Co.

This session helps growers understand how nutrients are applied to their crops. It includes a discussion about how different management factors interact to influence plant nutrition, and shows how to develop an overall fertilizer strategy that minimizes nutritional problems.
Consumer Preferences for Pollinator-Related Promotions
Alicia Rihn, University of Florida

Declining pollinator insect populations have led to increased consumer interest in aiding pollinators. This session covers pollinator-related promotions including consumer preferences, perceptions, awareness of neonicotinoid pesticides, and pollinator-related marketing strategies.
Diagnosis: Disease, Abiotic Disorder or Normal? Know Enough to Know the Difference
Rosa Raudales, University of Connecticut

Plants get sick for multiple reasons. To develop an adequate management program it is important to first identify the cause of the problem. Apply diagnosis every time you interact with plants. This presentation discusses how to identify the cause of common plant disorders and diseases.

NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24,25
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29,31
Updates on Growing Media
Dr. Daniel Jacques, Technical Services Manager, Sun Gro Horticulture
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dedicated Trade Show and Harvest Market Lunch
Time Track 5:
Track 6:
Greenhouse Management
Track 7:
Business and Marketing
Track 8:
Spanish Language
Allied Trade Sponsored Session
Moderator 1: Lisa Tewksbury
Moderator 2: Heather Faubert
Moderator 1: Neil Mattson
Moderator 2: Cheryl Smith
Moderator 1: Amy Papineau
Moderator 2: Ryan Dickson
Moderator 1: Rosa Raudales
Moderator 2: TBD
Moderator: TBD
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Advanced Biocontrol Panel — Double Session
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady; Ron Valentin, Bioline Agrosciences Inc.; Jeff Marstaller, Cozy Acres Greenhouses

Two consultants who have worked with growers globally to develop effective biocontrol programs, and a grower from our region with extensive experience with these, will share what is most important for you to know. They'll go beyond the basics to cover specifics of what works, and doesn't. Learn what's required to get the most value and control from biological agents and products.
NY: (Per Hour) .50 credits, categories 1a,3a,24,25
NE: (Per Hour) 1 credit, categories 26,29,31
J.M. PPT 1
J.M. PPT 2
Switching to Organic-based Fertilizers
Neil Mattson, Cornell Univiversity

Many organic fertilizer products are on the market, but how do you know which to choose for your container-grown plants, what rates to use, and what the costs will be? Learn how to use several granular and liquid organic fertilizer products for your ornamental and vegetable plants. Learn how these fertilizers can reduce nutrient leaching and affect insect and disease pressure.
Cutting Edge PGRs
Brian Whipker, North Carolina State University

Research at NC State has focused on optimizing PGR performance and determining additional benefits of PGRs. Learn about the latest updates on PGR combinations, increasing foliar spray efficacy by leaf rewetting, adherence of PGRs to plastic pots, overcoming low doses in irrigation water, and how the use of PGRs increases profit by reducing water and fertilizer use.
NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24,25
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29,31
Identifying the Good and the Bad Bugs
Carlos Bográn, OHP Inc.

This presentation provides tips on detecting and identifying common pests and their natural enemies and methods for conserving and augmenting biological controls of whiteflies, aphids, thrips, mites, and leaf miners.

NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24,25
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29,31
2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Being a Plant Diagnostic Detective
Brian Whipker, North Carolina State University

Nutritional and irrigation problems, chemical burn, and environmental issues can damage greenhouse crops in ways that mimic pathogen and pest damage. Learn the symptoms associated with these problems, and strategies to identify and avoid them in the future.
NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29,31
Saffron: A Golden Opportunity for Crop Diversification
Margaret Skinner, University of Vermont

Saffron sells for $5,000/lb retail, and has culinary and medicinal value. UVM research on saffron production in unheated greenhouses produced yields greater than those in other saffron-growing regions, demonstrating its potential as a high-value specialty crop.
Work Safely in the Greenhouse
Anna Meyerhoff, NY Center for Agcricultural Medicine and Health, New York

This session in Spanish will provide information on how to stay safe while working in greenhouses. Topics covered will include pesticide safety and the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), avoiding physical injuries, and use of personal protective equipment.

NY: .75 credits, categories 1a,3a,24
NE: 1 credit, categories 26,29,31
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break
Keynote Address
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Connecting People with Flowers
Kate Santos, Operations Director, Dümmen Orange

The horticulture industry and its customers are constantly changing. Understanding each generation's similarities and differences allows businesses to be active participants in customers’ decisions about purchasing plants. Kate Santos shares what the global firm Dümmen Orange is doing to understand who are those industry customers, how those customers impact company activities, and what the company is doing to help connect people with flowers.
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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