Green(house) scene: Cutting-edge CFAES facility nears completion

CFAES’ new Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex (CEARC) is 75% complete. It’s expected to open in fall. And while that’s good news for CFAES and the scientists who’ll be working there, it’s even better news for Ohio’s big-and-getting-bigger greenhouse industry.

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Listen to greenhouse plants even better

Drones. Automation. Artificial intelligence. They’re some of the new, cutting-edge ways to monitor greenhouse plants. They’re also among the subjects to be covered by an upcoming workshop for greenhouse growers.

With a theme of “Improving Production Via Listening to Plants,” CFAES’ 2021 Greenhouse Management Workshop takes place online from Jan. 27–29.

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Expert to speak on controlled environment ag

More and more farms could be under a roof. Meiny Prins, CEO and co-owner of the Dutch company Priva, presents “Do You Know the Green Belt? Sustainable Urban Agriculture in a Challenging World” from 10–11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. The event is billed as an industry summit on controlled environment agriculture, a technology-driven way to produce food in greenhouses, buildings, grow rooms, and the like. Admission to the event is free, but attendees are asked to register in advance. There’s also a way to watch online. Find full details.

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Greenhouse guru

CFAES scientist Chieri Kubota, one of the scheduled speakers for our Jan. 17-18 Greenhouse Management Workshop, was profiled in fall on our CFAES Stories website. “There’s only so much you can do in open fields,” she said in a story headlined “Greenhouse Guru,” “but there’s tons you can do in controlled environments.” Read the full story, plus hear about her work in the video above.

Picking pecks of pest-free peppers

picture of peppers in greenhouse for GB2Biological control, biological pesticides and preventive cultural practices — all of them contributors to sustainable pest control — will be among the topics at CFAES’s 2015 Greenhouse Management Workshop. The event, which is for greenhouse growers, operators and pesticide applicators, is Jan. 22-23 at OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, in Wooster. Discount registration through Jan. 9 (save $25). (Photo: Red bell peppers, iStock.)