Plant Health Virtual Conference - GM

12:00 PM – 12:10 PM

Welcome Remarks
General Session

12:10 PM – 12:20 PM

Mycorrhizal Fungal Inoculants for Plant Health
General Session
Sponsored By

The use of mycorrhizal fungal inoculants has gained popularity in the last few years in ornamental and horticultural production. Growers use mycorrhizal inoculants to enhance plant health by increasing water and nutrient uptake, promoting vegetative growth, reducing stress effects on the plants, etc. These inoculants are widely accepted as potential alternatives or complements to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This session will help growers understand how to use mycorrhizal fungal inoculants in their operation to improve plant health.

Dr. Jozsef Racsko
Speaker Dr. Jozsef Racsko Technology Manager Mycorrhizal Applications, LLC View Bio

12:20 PM – 01:05 PM

Watching Water Quality
General Session
Healthy plants begin with good quality water. Neil will discuss why and how often you should get a laboratory water quality test. Learn how to interpret a laboratory irrigation water report – what factors should you really pay attention too (such as alkalinity, electrical conductivity, sodium, chloride, and nitrate) and which ones are less important. Neil will review how water quality factors such as pH can impact root disease susceptibility, pesticide applications and how to select appropriate fertilizers for your crops based on water’s alkalinity. Finally, learn how water quality can impact your long-term root-zone pH and electrical conductivity and how these can be managed with fertilizer selection and irrigation leaching fraction.
Neil Mattson
Speaker Neil Mattson Associate Professor Cornell University View Bio

01:05 PM – 01:15 PM

Chemical Compatibility and Spray Equipment - From Bios to Oxidizers
General Session
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Dramm produces over 50 different machines to apply chemistry to plants. With novel chemistries being used for plant protection with, each with different limitations, understanding how these chemistries interact with spray equipment is essential to ensuring these products work properly without damaging equipment or causing crop harm.
Kurt Becker
Speaker Kurt Becker EVP Commercial Products Dramm Corporation View Bio

01:15 PM – 02:00 PM

The Physics of Spraying in Closed Environments
General Session
This presentation explores the physics of spray application methods specific to closed environments. By understanding how spray behaves (and misbehaves), and by using simple coverage diagnostic methods, operators can improve their spray efficacy and productivity.
Jason Deveau
Speaker Jason Deveau Application Technology Specialist Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs View Bio

02:00 PM – 02:10 PM

Might vs Mite: Control mites at every life stage with Nufarm’s rotation program
General Session
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Ornamental Segment Lead Heidi Warner discusses how Nufarm’s mite rotation program controls mites at every stage and fights against resistance with three unique active ingredients.
Heidi Warner
Speaker Heidi Warner Ornamental Segment Lead Nufarm Americas Inc. View Bio

02:10 PM – 02:55 PM

Quality Assessment of Biological Control Agents (BCA): Why It is Important to Know If Your BCA are Alive or Dead
General Session
Raymond will provide an introduction to biological control and then focus on the importance in developing quality assessments to ensure that biological control agents (BCA) are functional and will be successful in managing insect and mite pest populations in greenhouse production systems. Raymond will provide data related to quality assessment based on current biological control programs.
Dr. Raymond Cloyd
Speaker Dr. Raymond Cloyd Professor/Extension Specialist Kansas State University - Department of Entomology View Bio

02:55 PM – 03:05 PM

Growing media influence on crop health
General Session
Sponsored By

Find out how selecting the proper growing media and the right biological active ingredients can make a difference and influence crop health.

Troy Buechel
Speaker Troy Buechel Horticulture Specialist Premier Tech Grower Services View Bio

03:05 PM – 03:50 PM

Growing Media Selection for Optimized Plant Health
General Session
Proper selection and management of growing media can directly influence plant growth and overall crop health from beginning to end. With proper substrate selection and management, it is easier for growers to promote excellent root growth and development which is critical for overall plant health and success. Additionally, precision water management of substrates/containers at different times over the cropping cycle of plant production can aid in growth regulation (size) and post production shelf life of plants. As new substrates are entering the marketplace, understanding how they compare to traditional mixes (regarding water management) will also be discussed.
Dr. Brian Jackson
Speaker Dr. Brian Jackson Director of Horticultural Substrates Laboratory North Carolina State University View Bio

03:50 PM – 04:00 PM

Closing Comments/Wrap-Up
General Session