Archive for the ‘Educational Opportunity’ Category
December 5th, 2012 by Cheryl Boyer
Estimating the Wholesale Cost of Nursery Production
Tom Fernandez, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Understanding nursery costs helps growers improve cost management and production efficiency. Accurate cost estimation helps growers set prices that enable them to recover costs and maintain profitability. Dr. Fernandez shares a new spreadsheet tool from MSU Extension that will help field or container nursery producers use their records to estimate their production costs and explore opportunities for savings.
Dr. Fernandez, Michigan State University, has a 3-way appointment with 50% Extension, 25% Teaching and 25% Research. His extension programs focus on water management and quality for wholesale production nurseries, substrates and nutrition for container production, water use legislation as it affects nurseries, and estimating cost of production. Research areas include improving the sustainability of wholesale production nurseries. Specific projects have focused on water management and quality, biodegradable films, phytoremediation of runoff water.
October 10th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
Do you care about protecting our native plant habitats from invasive plants? How can you tell which plants are invasive? Do you want to know how you can help? First step is to come to the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference on November 8th.
The GA-EPPC, Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, is having its Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, November 8th, 2012, from 9am to 4pm. The conference will be held at Stuckey Conference Center, UGA 1109 Experiment Street Griffin, Georgia.
GA-EPPC’s goals are to focus attention on the adverse effects invasive plants have on the diversity of Georgia’s native plants and animals; the use of invasive plant management to prevent habitat loss; the socioeconomic impacts of these plants; changes in the seriousness of the different invasive plants over time and the need to exchange information to help land owners and managers set priorities for invasive plant management.
For more information please visit http://www.gaeppc.org/
September 13th, 2012 by Jean Williams-Woodward
Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia Extension Plant Pathologist, will present common winter annual flower diseases, what to watch for, and how to control them. This Webinar is free to all Landscape Contractors and Extension Professionals.
A complete schedule and archive of Landscape Professional webinars may be found at http://ugaurbanag.com/webinars
These webinars are easily viewed with a smart phone or iPad so you can be on the run.
August 31st, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
This year, the 2012 Coastal Green will be held at the Coastal Gardens & Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia on September 28, 2012. Registration is $50 per person until September 19 and $65 per person after September 19; registration includes breakfast, snacks, and lunch. To register, please visit this website. The agenda and driving directions for
Coastal Green details are below.
8:15 – 8:45 AM Registration
8:45 – 9:00 AM Welcome – GGIA Chapter 4 Leadership
9:00 – 10:00 AM Hot New Annuals and Perennials for the Landscape – Bodie Pennisi
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Non-Native Invasive Pests of Georgia – Mark Raines
11:15 – 12:15 PM Biological Control of Pests in the Landscape – Kris Braman
12:15 – 12:45 PM Lunch (included with registration fee)
12:45 – 1:45 PM Best Shrubs and Woodies for the Coast – Matthew Chappell
1:45 – 2:45 PM On-Site Consulting: A New Business Opportunity – Don Gardner
2:45 – 3:45 PM Pre-emergent and Post-Emergent Use, Safety, and New Products for the Landscape – Mark Czarnota,
3:45 – 4:30 PM Enjoy fellowship and networking.
August 25th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
August 5 & 6, 2013 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337
The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day Horticultural Research Conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research.
Who Can Participate?
Top researchers and educational leaders from leading universities will present their newest discoveries relative to horticulture. While most contributors are from the SNA region, all researchers, growers and allied industry members who have new knowledge to share are encouraged to participate. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories will be presented. Presentations are approximately seven minutes each and are concise and easy to understand. The conference format allows you to sit in on all or only those topics of interest to you.
The SNA Research Conference is sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Inc., Lancaster Farms, Inc., and Haviland Plastic Products Co.
Make plans to attend this informative conference today!
Presentations will be made in the following categories:
- Container Grown Plant Production
- Field Production
- Economics & Marketing
- Engineering, Structures & Innovations
- Growth Regulators
- Pathology & Nematology
- Plant Breeding & Evaluation
- Plant Propagation
- Water Management
- Weed Control
August 24th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
JACKSON, Tenn. – For landscapers, growers or retailers who wish to stay current on best management practices for turf and landscape, UT Extension is hosting a field day for you.
The 2012 Landscape Review will take place on Tuesday, September 11, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee. The Landscape Review will feature walking tours of the UT Gardens Jackson, an overview of plant trials used to evaluate better plants for Tennessee landscapes and updates on current pest, disease and weed control methods. A complete breakdown of the sessions is as follows:
• 9 a.m. – Using Turfgrass Weeds, Insects and Diseases as Indicators
• 10 a.m. – Walking Tour I: Tough Pest Resistant Plants
• 11 a.m. – Update on Ornamental Plant Disease and Recommended Control
• Noon – Lunch (on your own)
• 1:15 p.m. – Walking Tour II: Tough Pest Resistant Plants
• 2:15 p.m. – Update on Ornamental Plant Pests and Recommended Control
This program will provide five pesticide recertification points in C3, C10 and C12. Points will be awarded at each session.
Admission is $10. For more information, including directions to the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, go to http://west.tennessee.edu.
While Landscape Review is designed to be an information field day for those in the horticulture industry, interested gardeners are also welcome to attend.
UT Extension operates in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties as the off-campus division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. An educational and outreach organization funded by federal, state and local governments, UT Extension, in cooperation with Tennessee State University, brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.
August 22nd, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
A disease and pest management workshop is being offered at the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center on September 12, 2012 from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. The workshop will provide information on a number of new invasive disease and insect threats to the nursery and landscape industries. The latest research information on management of powdery mildew including prospects for a new generation of resistant cultivars, cherry leaf spot disease, ambrosia beetles, and imported fire ants will be provided. In addition, several presentations and hands-on demonstrations will be performed on calibrating sprayers and new techniques and procedures to reduce pesticide exposure.
There is no cost to attend the workshop. Three pesticide points will be available in Categories 2, 3, 10 and 12 and two points in Category 6. To register for the workshop, please call Holly Hodges at 931-815—5140 and provide your name. For more information on the workshop, contact Dr. Margaret Mmbaga (931-815-5143) or Dr. Jason Oliver (931-668-3572).
August 10th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
Several growers provide their ideas on the need for container production nurseries to adopt sustainable practices. More information is available at the project website: http://snpp.caes.uga.edu
August 5th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
|Registration is now open for the 2012 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Nov. 2 – 6, Orlando, Fla.! Early-bird registration at discounted rates will be available through Oct. 5. The Irrigation Show is more than just an annual trade show – it’s a source of valuable information for industry professionals looking to stay up-to-date on industry innovations, learn best practices, make new business contacts and prepare for the future. Whether you’re a manufacturer, dealer, contractor or grower, the Irrigation Show in Orlando will help you drive solutions for your business and your customers.
While the Irrigation Show means business, we also want you to enjoy your time in Orlando. In addition to discounts on area attractions, this year’s show offers opening and closing night parties and several networking events to make your experience in Orlando as enjoyable as it is essential to improving your business. Click here to register now! To learn more, visit the show web site.
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Get ahead of the competition by taking any of IA’s certification exams. Register here by Oct. 19 to take advantage of early bird discounts.
July 23rd, 2012 by Amy Fulcher
Southeastern nursery growers now have a new best friend when fighting pests and diseases. A new book, available in hard copy and iBook format for iPads, is now available, thanks to the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group.
The book—IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production—is a compilation of information about IPM for the major tree genera in nursery crop production in the southeast. The 320-page iBook covers sustainable management for insects, mites, disease, and weeds for the top-selling deciduous trees, as well as propagation and production information, genus by genus. The book demonstrates how each aspect of production can impact pest problems and management. Each chapter is centered on one crop, so answers to pest problems with “birch” or “dogwood” are easy to find.
The iBook includes movies illustrating techniques like grafting, hand-digging, and more as well as a custom glossary for terms specific to nursery production and pest management. While this resource is invaluable to nursery growers, landscapers, arborists, garden center owners, students and educators will also find it useful.
IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production was written by university Extension specialists in nursery production, plant pathology, entomology and weed science with partial support by the Southern Region IPM Center in Raleigh, NC.
Authors include extension specialists from the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group:
- Craig Adkins, NC State University
- S. Kris Braman, University of Georgia
- Matthew Chappell, University of Georgia
- Juang-Horng Chong, Clemson University
- Jeffrey Derr, Virginia Tech
- Winston Dunwell, University of Kentucky
- Steven Frank, NC State University
- Amy Fulcher, University of Tennessee
- Frank Hale, University of Tennessee
- William Klingeman, University of Tennessee
- Gary Knox, University of Florida
- Anthony LeBude, NC State University
- Joseph Neal, NC State University
- Mathews Paret, University of Florida
- Nicole Ward, University of Kentucky
- Sarah White, Clemson University
- Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia
- Alan Windham, University of Tennessee
- Jill Sidebottom, NC State University, guest author
To download the book to iTunes, search for IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production. To view or download the iBook chapter by chapter, go to http://wiki.bugwood.org/SNIPM.
The iBook is formatted specifically for the iPad but can be downloaded as a pdf for viewing on any device. You can also view the book online from a computer or print it by chapter at the web address above. To request the book in hard copy, contact one of the authors or editors Amy Fulcher firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Whiteswhite4@clemson.edu for one of the limited print editions.