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Greenhouse management and production education program

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Event date/time: 
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Event location: 
Publick House

Every growing season greenhouse growers manage different aspects of their production system to produce a quality crop. Join us to learn how to effectively manage some aspects of your greenhouse production for a successful season. Topics include; microbes, chemicals, and particles in irrigation water, using PGRs to manage the quality of spring greenhouse crops, managing common root and foliar diseases of spring greenhouse crops, latest research on the impact of neonicotinoids to bees and other pollinators, how to combine biological control with conventional pesticides.     

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Agenda

8:30 – 9:00         Registration and coffee/tea

9:00 – 10:00       Microbes, chemicals, and particles in irrigation water                                   

                           Dr. Rosa Raudales, University of Connecticut
Water quality affects plant health and clogging. This presentation will discuss the parameters that affect irrigation water quality and treatment options to control microbial, chemical, and physical water quality problems.

10:00 – 10:15     Break

10:15 – 11:15     Using PGRs to manage the quality of spring greenhouse crops
                           Dr. Douglas Cox, University of Massachusetts
Controlling excessive stem stretch is important for the quality of many spring greenhouse crops. In this presentation, you will learn how to use PGRs to manage plant size and reduce water and fertilizer use thereby increasing the profitability of your production

11:15 – 12:15   Managing common root and foliar diseases of spring greenhouse crops                            

                         Dr. Angela Madeiras, UMass Extension

In every season growers deal with several root and foliar diseases in their crops. This presentation will discuss the biology, symptoms and management options of common root and foliar diseases of spring greenhouse crops.

12:15 – 1:15     Lunch on your own (see options*) and networking

1:15 – 2:15       Latest research on the impact of neonicotinoids to bees and other pollinators

                         Dr. Richard Cowles, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Neonicotinoids have been implicated in the decline of bees and other pollinators. Join us to learn the latest research findings on the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinator safety. In this presentation, Dr. Cowles will discuss the latest research on how pesticides affect pollinators and the impact of neonicotinoids on bees and other pollinators and options for growers

2:15 – 3:15       How to combine biological control with conventional pesticides

                         Gregory Bryant, North East Representative, Bioline AgroSciences 

Biological control has been a mainstream option for growers for many years now. However, some growers have difficulty deciding what to do when they run out of options and need to apply a conventional pesticide. This presentation will discuss compatibility of pesticides with biological control agents and what to consider if there is need to apply a conventional pesticide including:  timing, application method and the overall effect to the biocontrol program.

                                                4 pesticide credits have been approved

For more information contact:

Geoffrey Njue, Univ. of Mass, Waltham (781) 891-0650 x 12, Cell: (413) 992-8005  gnjue@umext.umass.edu

*Lunch options:

Pre-purchase your lunch at time of check in (paid directly to the Publick House)
Lunch includes: Build your own sandwich buffet (roast beef, turkey, ham, vegetable), potato salad, chips, desert, drink

Or eat in the Publick House restaurant or fast food restaurants within a short drive.

Financial support provided by an endowment fund that supports the UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program. Learn more about “Give a Gift” to this endowment at: http://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture

United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. An Equal Opportunity Employer and Program Provider

Contact's name: 
Geoffrey Njue
Contact's phone: 
781-891-0650 ext. 12
Contact's email: 
Location: 
277 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566
277 Main Street Sturbridge MA