UConn Extension is sponsoring a Greenhouse Biological Control Conference. This one-day educational program will be held onWednesday, June 20, 2018 at Room 100, WB Young Building, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
The speakers featured at this educational program include:
Michael Oleykowski, Syngenta who will be speaking onDeveloping an Effective, Integrated Control Program
Debbie Palumbo-Sanders, Bioworks, Victor, NY who will be speaking on Biofungicides and Their Fit into Your IPM Program
Kerri Stafford, Cavicchio Greenhouses, Sudbury, MA who will be speaking on Implementing Our Biological Control Program
Annie White, Nectar Landscape Design Studio, Burlington, VT who will be speaking onTop Plants for Attracting Pollinators: Natives and Beyond
Carol Glenister, IPM Laboratories, Locke, NY who will be speaking on Plants Talk Biocontrol: How to Use Plants to Manage Pests
A registration fee of $40 is due by June 14 payable by check only to the University of Connecticut. Included in the cost of admission: coffee, continental breakfast, lunch, informational handouts and parking.
New England GROWS, the Northeast’s largest educational conference and green industry exposition, wrapped up on December 4 after three days of seminars and hands-on learning, combined with an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations from hundreds of leading industry exhibitors.
Opening day saw record-breaking attendance and overall the event attracted nearly 9000 green industry professionals to Boston. Renowned authors, respected educators, influential environmentalists and successful entrepreneurs were among the many experts at the conference who addressed nearly every aspect of the green industry including sustainable landscape design, pest management, safe chain saw handling, hardscaping techniques, worker safety, diverse workforce management, giant tree propagation, proper plant selection, organic turf care, nursery management, successful marketing and more.
Previously scheduled in mid-February, this is the first New England GROWS conference held the week following Thanksgiving. For attendees it was an opportunity to absorb new ideas and prepare to implement them well in advance of spring operations.
UConn was well-represented at the conference. John Campanellli, Ana LeGrand, Steve Rackliffe, and Donna Ellis all gave Sprint Session presentations during the 3-day event, Vickie Wallace delivered a presentation for the main educational program, and several from UConn worked at the Extension “Ask the Experts” kiosk. Greg Tormey and others staffed a UConn booth to recruit potential students.
CK Greenhouses in Cheshire gave a short demonstration of their robots, which are used to space their plants in both their greenhouses and outdoor mum fields. Here you can see them moving the pots from a pot to pot spacing to a final spacing. They have a rechargeable battery so can work for 12 hours and use the reflective tape to orient themselves. The grower said that they were relatively easy to program and are a great labor saving tool. Watch the video to see the robots in action.
UConn Extension hosted a workshop on December 16th on Growing Container Grown Greenhouse Vegetables. Over 65 attendees listened to five University speakers and two farmers share their insights on greenhouse vegetables.