UPCOMING WEBINARS

Adding HydraFiber to Your Growing Mix

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Central

Wood fiber has made horticultural news in recent years as a viable and effective growing mix component. But not all wood fiber products are created equal. HydraFiber Advanced Substrate, manufactured by Profile Products in North Carolina, has been trialed by dozens of North America’s largest growers, who are now using it as an amendment or alternative to perlite, peat, pine bark or coir.

In this free one-hour webinar, two experts from the HydraFiber team will share the nuts and bolts of this innovative substrate technology. You’ll learn:

- What sets HydraFiber apart from other substrate components and how it will make your mixes work harder
- How HydraFiber can fit into your program from several perspectives, including root development and overall plant quality, inventory management, shelf life, efficiency and environmental benefits
- Findings from the latest in-house and independent trials and research
- Real-world stories from some of the earliest adopters of HydraFiber, and their take on the transition to this new mix ingredient

Sign up now for this free GrowerTalks webinar at www.growertalks.com/webinars.

Our guest experts are Profile Products’ Jennifer Neujahr, Business Manager–Horticulture, and Daniel Norden, R&D and Technical Services Manager–Horticulture

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online

Sponsored by:

Hydrafiber

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LED Lighting for Sole-source Propagation

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Growers encounter many challenges when propagating young plants, unrooted cuttings and seeds in a greenhouse. Disease control, temperature and humidity control, and irrigation uniformity are just a few of the issues that can either make or break plant productivity. As a grower, you want to do everything you can to maintain control over your environment so you can grow high quality plugs and young plants that are optimized for transplanting.

In this webinar, we’ll share information about the science of propagation and why you might want to consider propagating crops in a sole-source environment. You’ll learn:

·         Why and when to consider a sole-source lighting propagation scenario
·         How to get started with setting up a sole-source propagation area
·         Research results with sole-source propagation for a variety of crops, including ornamentals, leafy greens and herbs

Our presenters will be Abhay Thosar, Ph.D., Senior Plant Specialist, Philips Lighting; and Blake Lange, Business Development Manager–City Farming, Philips Lighting. Moderated by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

 

Sponsored by:

Philips Lighting

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Don’t Balk at Plant Diseases—Strike Them Out!

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Baseball isn’t just a metaphor for life, but for disease management, too. In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. With diseases, if you take care of three key areas—culture, identification and solutions—you’ll strike out diseases.

On Wednesday, April 11, we’re kicking off the GrowerTalks webinar series “season opener” with a primer on four big-league diseases—pythium, botrytis, leaf spots and anthracnose—you need to be on the lookout for in your greenhouse and nursery. Our “coach,” Dr. Janna Beckerman of Purdue University, will give you the “three strikes” playbook—culture, ID and control methods—for each of these diseases.

Sponsored by:

BASF

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Managing Ethylene Risk in the Supply Chain

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

If you grow flowering or bedding plants you know that ethylene is the enemy, causing flower drop, yellow foliage and reduced plant life. But how to protect against it? Ethylbloc may be the answer. It’s a compound that, as its name implies, helps shield flowering plants from damaging ethylene.

In this webinar, you’ll learn from four experts about how to successfully mitigate the risk of Ethylene gas damage during shipment. They’ll share:

- The economic risks and potential losses caused by ethylene
- The conditions that create ethylene, how to identify the problem and what the damage looks like
- How and when to apply Ethylbloc, and the expected outcome
- How you can get a free risk assessment by a field expert, with recommendations

Presented by: Vijay Rapaka, PhD, Corporate Grower Research Manager; Anil Ranwala, PhD, Chief Scientist, Floralife, a division of Smithers-Oasis Company; Sanal Krishnan, PhD, Horticulture Research Scientist, Grower R&D; and Alan S. Tanouye, General Manager – Americas, Floralife, a division of Smithers-Oasis Company

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online; and Bill Riffey, General Manager, Grower Operations, Americas, Europe & Africa, Oasis Grower Solutions

 

Sponsored by:

Floralife and Oasis Grower Solutions

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Perennial Plants for Every Season—the Right Material at the Right Time

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In one of his last appearances as Trial Manager for Walters Gardens (Laura Robles will be taking over), Jeremy Windemuller will talk about how some perennial crops benefit from being grown during the summer months, rather than during the spring or winter. In this webinar, you'll learn:
- The benefits of summer planting, and the results
- Cultural requirement, including shade, water management and fertility
- Details on pinching and trimming
- Preparation for winter, and overwintering tips

Crops Jeremy will discuss include Hosta, Amsonia, Baptisia, grasses and more.

Presented by Jeremy Windemuller, Trial Manager, Walters Gardens. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

 

Sponsored by:

Walters Gardens

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