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Bedding Plant Program for Greenhouse Growers Offered

greenhouse flowers
Photo: Leanne Pundt

UConn Extension offers Bedding Plant Program for Greenhouse Growers

Get the latest information on insect and disease management, proper watering techniques and mixing pesticide formulations and network with fellow growersThis educational program will feature the following topics of interest to those who produce spring ornamental crops in the greenhouse:

  • Watering: Air and Water Balance in the Root-Zone

Rosa Raudales, Greenhouse Extension Specialist, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

  • Root Rots, Mildews, and Blights

Dr. Yonghao Li, CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT

  • Update on Managing Insects and Mites

Leanne Pundt, Extension Educator, UConn Extension, Torrington, CT

  • Pesticide Formulations

Candace Bartholomew, Pesticide Safety Educator, UConn Extension

 

For your convenience, this program will be offered in two separate locations.

  • January 29th, this program will be offered from 9:30 to 2:30 at the Litchfield County Extension Center at 843 University Drive in Torrington, CT.
  • February 14th, this program will be offered from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Tolland County Extension Office at 24 Hyde Avenue in Vernon, CT.

 

Four Pesticide recertification credits available

Handouts, lunch and beverages will be included in your registration fee of $25.00.

Please make checks payable to the University of Connecticut and send to Litchfield County Extension Center, 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790.  No credit card payments accepted.

For more information, contact Leanne Pundt, at 860.626.6855 or email: leanne.pundt@uconn.edu Click here to view program brochure and registration form.

The University of Connecticut is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

Extension Offers Greenhouse Biological Control Conference

 

liliesUConn 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 on Developing 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 on Top 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.

Five pesticide recertification credits will be offered. For more information contact: Leanne Pundt at leanne.pundt@uconn.edu or call 860.626.6855 or click here for the program brochure or visit the website: http://ipm.uconn.edu/pa_greenhouse/

This work is supported by the Crop Protection and Pest Management grant no. 2014-70006-22548/project accession no. 1004700 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Put Local On Your Tray (Or Plate) In April

Put Local on Your Tray is a farm-to-school program helping Connecticut schools serve and celebrate regionally grown food. Even if you’re not a school, they have some advice for getting local onto your plate this season.

spinach and greens being grown in greenhouse
Photo: Molly Deegan

Days are getting slightly warmer and longer, the breeze is sharp, and the land is both awakened and nourished by fresh spring rain. Farmers are in a busy period of transition, from indoor planning and preparing for the height of summer – to the beginning stages of planting outdoors – making sure everything is ready to go. While there may not be an abundance of produce to choose from this month, there still are some special products to take advantage of for their especially sweet and distinct flavors of spring that they offer. For instance, mixed greens!

Spinach is our suggested local item to look out for – according to our Tray team Farmer Liaison, Shannon. After a long winter, the sugars stored in it’s leaves give it flavor hard to find any other time of year. Seen below, are rows of sweet greens growing at Massaro Community Farm in Woodbridge.

Hydroponics at UConn Extension

hydroponicsHydroponics is a growing area of agriculture that uses mineral nutrient solutions in a soilless system to grow plants. Rosa researches chemistry and water clogging of hydroponics in her greenhouse. “With the CARE project, a set of growers in Connecticut have problems with low quality water clogging systems,” Extension educator Rosa Raudales mentions. “Samples are being collected to see if we can find the parameters causing clogging.” Research being done will determine if the same water can be used without clogging the irrigation system. Growers in Maine, Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut are being surveyed for the project. Hydroponics usually starts with really clean water, and tying back to her other projects, Rosa hypothesizes that when using reclaimed water; there will be potential clogging challenges which tends to be a costly problem to farmers. Another project researches using bio-controls in hydroponic systems to make water less conducive for pathogens, while increasing beneficial microbes in the water. Rosa is looking at adjustments to nutrients and temperature that will make the water less conducive to pathogens. This joint project with Dr. Wade Elmer at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is funded through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Spanish Sessions at Northeast Greenhouse Conf.

greenhouse flyer

The Northeast Greenhouse Conference will feature Spanish language sessions, presented by UConn Extension educator Rosa Raudales on Wednesday, November 9th. Raudales session on diagnosing disease is one of four Spanish sessions being offered. The others include: understanding plants, good and bad bugs, and working safely in greenhouses. Space is limited and attendees are advised to register early. More information can be found attached, or at www.negreenhouse.org.

Greenhouse Nutrient Management

Michael's Greenhouse

Have your registered yet for the Practical Applications in Greenhouse Nutrient Management Program that will be held on  Tuesday, Sept 27 at the CT Ag Experiment Station in New Haven ? 

                Don’t miss this opportunity to: 

  • Update your ever needed skills on nutrient management
  • Obtain 4.75 pesticide recertification credits 
  • Learn from leading experts in the field and meet with your industry colleagues

                Early registration deadline is Sept 20th. Register one of three ways: 

Email: Leanne Pundt, at leanne.pundt@uconn.edu or Mail in registration form below or call 860-626-6855. I just need to know how many lunches to order!

See program below: and attached.  

Practical Applications in Greenhouse Nutrient Management

September 27, 2016

Jones Auditorium, the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station,

123 Huntington Street,

New Haven CT 

 9:30 – 10:00 Registration, Coffee Available

 10:00 – 10:30 USDA Crop Insurance options to manage farm risk, Joseph Bonelli, Associate Extension Educator, UConn Extension 

 10:30 – 10:45 Break

 10:45 – 11:45 How to Maintain, Calibrate and Clean your Fertilizer and Chemigation Injector, Lela Kelly, Dosatron International Lela will take you through why maintenance and calibration are so important, and show you how easy it can be.

 11:45-12:30 Lunch provided

 12:30- 1:45 Water and media testing, Rosa Raudales, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut and Ryan Dickson, University of New Hampshire Rosa and Ryan will discuss the principles of in-house testing and demonstrate how to do it correctly.

 1:45- 2:00 Break

 2:00- 3:00 Selecting fertilizers: Step by Step, Rosa Raudales, Assistant Professor, University of ConnecticutPractical case studies on how to choose the right fertilizer and the right dose for your crops.

 3:00 – 4:00 pm Managing nutrient levels for container crops.  Ryan Dickson, University of New HampshireTrouble shooting up’s and down’s of pH and nutrient levels.

  * 4.75 Pesticide Recertification Credits have been approved in categories PA, 3A for attendees from CT, RI, MA, ME, NH and VT 

 

Directions:   123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT  06504-2016 

From I-95:   North or South: Exit onto I-91 north in New Haven. Take Exit 6 (left exit) to Willow Street. From I-91:North or South: Take Exit 6 in New Haven to Willow Street.  Turn right onto Willow Street and proceed to the end. Turn right onto Whitney Avenue. Take the third left off Whitney Avenue (Huntington Street) and proceed up the hill. The Experiment Station is on the right just past the first cross street.

View program and form online at:  http://ipm.uconn.edu/documents/view.php?id=980 

Registration deadline: postmarked on or before Sept 20, 2016

 

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Total Number Attending _____ x $25.00 per person ____ (by check only)  

Registration includes:  handouts, refreshments, lunch.  Make check payable to University of Connecticut.   Return this form and check to:  Leanne Pundt, University of Connecticut, Litchfield County Extension Center, 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790-2635.

 For more information, contact: 

Leanne Pundt, UConn Extension, 860-626-6855, leanne.pundt@uconn.edu

Rosa Raudales, UConn, 860-486-6043, rosa.raudales@uconn.edu

This Program is a cooperative effort of UConn Extension, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, CAES and the Risk Management Agency/USDA

An Equal Opportunity Employer and Program Provider. If requested by a program participant at least two weeks in advance, every effort will be made to provide special accommodations.

Practical Applications in Greenhouse Nutrient Management

Auerfarm greenhousePractical Applications in Greenhouse Nutrient Management

Will be held on September 27, 2016 at the Jones Auditorium, Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, in New Haven CT.

This educational program will feature the following topics for greenhouse growers:

Crop Insurance options to manage farm risk, Joseph Bonelli, Associate Extension Educator, UConn Extension

How to Maintain, Calibrate and Clean your Fertilizer and Chemigation Injector, Lela Kelly, Dosatron International Lela will take you through why maintenance and calibration are so important, and show you how easy it can be.

Managing nutrient levels for container crops. Ryan Dickson, University of New Hampshire Trouble shooting up’s and down’s of pH and nutrient levels.

Selecting fertilizers: Step by Step, Rosa Raudales, University of Connecticut Practical case studies on how to choose the right fertilizer and the right dose for your crops.

Water and media testing, Rosa Raudales and Ryan Dickson Rosa and Ryan will discuss the principles of in-house testing and demonstrate how to do it correctly.

* 4.75 Pesticide Recertification Credits have been approved in categories PA, 3A

View program and form online at: http://ipm.uconn.edu/pa_greenhouse/ and look under ‘educational programs’.

$25.00 per person ____ (by check only)

Registration fee of $25 per person includes: handouts, refreshments, lunch.

 

For more information, contact:

Leanne Pundt, UConn Extension, 860-626-6855, leanne.pundt@uconn.edu

Rosa Raudales, UConn, 860-486-6043, rosa.raudales@uconn.edu

 

This Program is a cooperative effort of UConn Extension, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, CAES and the Risk Management Agency/USDA

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer and Program Provider. If requested by a program participant at least two weeks in advance, every effort will be made to provide special accommodations.

Paper Envelopes in your Mother’s Day Hanging Basket?

What are those paper envelopes in my Mother’s Day hanging baskets?

By Leanne Pundt, UConn Extension Educator

envelopes in baskets
Photo: Leanne Pundt

These small paper “envelopes” are slow release “sachets” that contain beneficial predatory mites that attack young thrips larvae.  (Thrips are very small insects (1-2 mm.  long) with narrow bodies and fringed wings. As they feed they can deform flowers, leaves and shoots. Thrips are primarily a greenhouse pest and not a major pest in the home garden.)

More greenhouse growers are using biological controls to manage thrips. These sachets for the hanging baskets consist of bran, whitish food storage mites (that feed upon the bran) that are a food source for the small beneficial predatory mite Neoseilus (Amblyseiuscucumeris commonly referred to as “cucumeris”.  Cucumeris is a beige predatory mite (less than 1 mm. long) that attacks thrips larvae on the leaves and flowers. They pierce the thrips larvae and suck out their contents, killing them. The sachets serve as a breeding system or “nursery” for the beneficial predatory mites which then emerge from the sachets over a 4 to 6 week period.

Slow release sachets are now available as mini-sachets for individual hanging baskets. They are best placed in the plant canopy so they are protected from bright sunlight. If the mini-sachets are placed in bright sunlight, high temperatures and low relative humidity adversely affects the reproduction of the predatory mites. The small mites do not travel far and cannot fly, so a sachet is placed in each hanging basket.

The moral of the story – leave the envelope in your hanging basket, and enjoy the flowers!

Spraying Nematodes

Michael's Greenhouse

Watch the video that shows a grower (Michael’s Greenhouse in Cheshire CT ) http://www.michaelsgreenhouses.com/ applying the insect killing beneficial nematodes are applied thru their automatic watering system onto their hanging baskets on a cloudy day.
The nematodes are in the bucket you see and then they use the fertilizer injector (with the screens removed) to apply the nematodes. This is commonly done on the bench or floor crops, but I think they are one of the few growers with a specially designed watering boom for their hanging baskets to apply the nematodes this way to the hanging baskets.

Nematodes are small, colorless, cylindrical round worms that occur naturally in soils throughout the world. Different species work best against different insect pests. Steinernema feltiae is primarily used against fungus gnat larvae and thrips pupae dwelling in the soil media. Fungus gnat larvae may be parasitized in any larval stage. Nematodes have traditionally been used against soil dwelling pests because they are sensitive to ultra violet light and desiccation.

The beneficial nematodes enter the insect host through body openings. These insect killing nematodes multiply within the host and release a symbiotic bacterium (Xenorhabdus spp.) whose toxin kills the target pest, i.e. fungus gnats. The fungus gnat larvae are killed in one to two days by blood poisoning. More than one generation of nematodes may develop in dead host insect in the growing media. The infective juveniles then exit the dead body and search for new hosts to infect.

More information can be found at: http://ipm.uconn.edu/documents/raw2/B…

Video: Leanne Pundt, UConn Extension

Robots in the Greenhouse

robots in CK Greenhouse
Photo: Leanne Pundt

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.