2015 Greenhouse Growers Expo features sessions on diverse topics

The 2015 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in coordination with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, will feature numerous sessions for greenhouse floriculture and vegetable growers. The Greenhouse Growers Expo will be held Dec. 8-9, 2015, at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Highlights of this year’s conference will include information on production practices, how to become more profitable and reduce inputs, and how to grow niche crops.

Entry-level employees will learn the fundamentals of floriculture crop production from Roberto Lopez of Purdue University. The session will be offered in Spanish and English. Growers and assistant growers will also be interested in:

  • Grower experiences with insect biocontrol for spring crops – a panel presentation
  • Greenhouse disease control update
  • Greenhouse insect control update and the latest neonicotinoid research results
  • Growing leafy greens and herbs in hydroponic systems
  • Keys to successful containerized herb production

Owners or general managers of greenhouse businesses will be interested in sessions on how to boost their profits, cut their input costs and learn how to manage their businesses. Owners or managers will be interested in:

  • How I grew my business: Recent adaptations we’ve made to stay competitive and profitable – a panel presentation
  • Conventional lamps or LEDs? Factors you should consider
  • Boomers or bust? Drawing GenX and GenY to the garden center
  • Marketing strategies for novices, intermediates and experts
  • Best performing annuals from the 2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour
  • How to reduce your fertilizer use
  • MSU floriculture research update
  • Transitioning your business
  • Are using good bugs a cost-effective strategy for controlling insect pests of spring crops?
  • Labor sessions: Review of seasonal labor supply for Michigan specialty crops, H2A and MIOSHA consultation
  • Family business workshop: The Top Ten Mistakes that Break up a Family Business (Dec. 10)

In addition to the two talks on containerized herbs and leafy greens, greenhouse vegetable growers will be interested in the following sessions in the vegetable and general interests track:

  • Prepare now, sweat less later: Key elements of greenhouse sanitation
  • Cucumber production
  • Pollination in the greenhouse
  • Leafy greens production
  • Food safety: FSMA final rules, environmental sampling in packhouses, sanitizer options for dunk tanks
  • Food safety workshop (three-hour, hands-on workshop on Dec. 10, additional $25)

For an overview of the educational sessions at the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, visit the 2015 Greenhouse Growers Expo website. Visit the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo website for additional information, including the large trade show and how to register.

Michigan Greenhouse Expo to offer basics of floriculture production in Spanish

By Tom Dudek
Senior Extension Horticulture/ Marketing Educator
MSU Extension-Ottawa County
Telephone: 616-994-4542
Email: dudek@anr.msu.edu

 

A new training opportunity will be available to entry-level, Spanish-speaking greenhouse workers employed in floriculture operations in Michigan in December. According to Michigan State University Extension, The Basics of Floriculture Crop Production will be offered in Spanish at the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo at the Devos Place downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

This two-hour educational session will be taught by Roberto Lopez, floriculture extension specialist at Purdue University’s Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department. Lopez has designed this entry-level presentation for workers that need the fundamentals of greenhouse crop production. Topics will include watering, fertility, substrate pH and EC, plant growth regulators and management of light and temperature. The importance of each parameter and effects on overall crop quality will be shared in this session.

I encourage all greenhouse growers send any Spanish-speaking workers to this program that they want to help improve or enhance their skills.. Registration details and the full program is available at Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo website.

The same program will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in English by Lopez.

Greenhouse Bioproducts Workshop

The rapid growth of the bioproducts market is outpacing the dissemination of knowledge on how to integrate these different products into a sustainable and profitable greenhouse production system. A coordinated effort is needed to address the research and educational needs of the greenhouse industry relative to bioproducts. This workshop will bring together industry and academic leaders to present research and develop a strategic vision for bioproduct use in the greenhouse industry. Participants will identify perceived obstacles to the adoption of bioproducts by the greenhouse industry and work to resolve these problems with targeted research projects and educational programs.

USE OF BIOPESTICIDES, BIOSTIMULANTS AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS IN ORNAMENTAL AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS

January 13-15th 2016
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Columbus, OH

Bioproducts workshop flyer

WORKSHOP AGENDA:
January 13th, 2016
Research presentations and stakeholders panel discussion, FREE FOR THE FIRST 75 REGISTRANTS

  • Update on current use of biopesticides, biostimulants, and beneficial insects
  • Application technologies
  • Economic analysis – cost/benefits, consumer preferences
  • Stakeholders panel discussion – greatest benefits and barriers to the use of bioproducts in commercial greenhouses

January 14-15th, 2016
Grant development activities

  • Working groups with breakout sessions
  • SCRI proposal plan

To register, visit: http://go.osu.edu/bioreg

 

The following industry, academic, and greenhouse collaborators have confirmed their attendance to date:
DRAMM Corporation, AmericanHort, Biobest, BioWorks, Chase Agricultural Consulting, University of California Cooperative Extension, OSU Extension, C. Wayne Ellett Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic, IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture, USDA-ARS, The Center for Applied Horticulture Research (CA), Altman Plants (CA), C. Rakers & Sons (MI), Metrolina Greenhouses (NC), Green Circle Growers (OH)

For general workshop information contact Eileen Ramsay (ramsay.18@osu.edu).  For information on the SCRI grant development (Jan 14-15) contact Michelle Jones (jones.1968@osu.edu).  This workshop is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture SCRI Planning Grant – Award # 2015-51181-24284.

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2015 OSU Cultivars Trial Open House

Thursday July 30, 2015

Department of Horticulture and Crop Science

2001 Fyffe Ct.  Columbus, OH 43210

If you missed the opportunity to evaluate our plants during Cultivate 15, do not miss this second chance to evaluate plants responses to a very rainy spring and summer.

10:00 AM: Presentation about the trials

10:30 AM: Tour Cultivar Trials, in Ground & Containers

12:00 Noon:  Box lunch

1:00 to 3:30 PM:  Presentations by three speakers:

  • Bob Croft (Sakata)
  • Pamela Bennett (OSU Extension)
  • Michelle Jones (OSU/OARDC, Wooster)

OCNT, Landscape Industry Certified, and pesticide credits will be available.

Cost:  $15 (before July 11) or $18 (after July 11). This will cover the cost of the box lunch, refreshments, parking permit, and handouts.  Send a check payable to The Ohio State University, attention Claudio Pasian, at the address listed above and call Dr. Pasian at 614-292-9941 indicating the number of participants.

The OSU Cultivar Trials are partially supported with a generous donation from:  Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association and AmericanHort

With your car, come first to the turnaround of Fyffe Court (in front of the main entrance of Howlett Hall) and someone there will give you the parking permit.  Proceed then to park your car and come to 103 Kottman Hall.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Claudio Pasian: pasian.1@osu.edu