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 Sept. 13, 2017

Lansing, Michigan

The e-GRO and Michigan State University Floriculture Extension teams will be presenting a day-long conference to be held near the MSU campus in Lansing, Michigan on Sept. 13, 2017. Leading floriculture researchers, diagnosticians, and extension specialists and educators will present information on topics including: insects, diseases, foliar nematodes, environmental, and cultural management practices, food crop plant nutrition and production, and retail and marketing topics.


8:30 - 9 a.m.           Registration and Refreshments

9 - 9:30 a.m.          Production Cues that Catch the Consumers’ Eye, Bridget Behe, Michigan State University

9:30 - 10 a.m.         Enhancing Retail Shelf Life of Bedding & Potted Plants, Neil Mattson, Cornell Univeristy

10 - 10:30 a.m.       Using Social Media to Sell, Ariana Torres, Purdue University

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.   Break

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.   How to Deal with Diagnosis, Nora Catlin, Cornell Extension

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.All About Thielaviopsis, Nora Catlin, Cornell Extension

12 - 12:30 p.m.        Lunch

12:30 - 1 p.m.          Foliar Nematodes, Fred Warner, Michigan State University Diagnostic Services

1 - 1:30 p.m.            PGR Update on Herbaceous Perennials, Joyce Latimer, Virginia Tech

1:30 - 2 p.m.            Best Management Practices for Thrips, Jeremy Jubenville, Michigan State University Extension

2 - 2:30 p.m.            Benefits of Young Plant Supplemental Lighting and Root-zone Heating, Roberto Lopez and W. Garrett Owen, Michigan State University

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.        Break

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.        Building Blocks of Plant Nutrition, W. Garrett Owen, & Brian Whipker, NCSU

3:30 - 4 p.m.            Research Updates:

  • Reproductive Stage Phosphorus Deficiency on the Upper Foliage of Ornamentals, Josh Henry, NC State
  • Chilling and growth regulation of peonies, Rachel Mack, Virginia Tech
  • Effects of air temperature and water alkalininty on the efficacy of ethephon, Kellie Walters, Michigan State University
  • LED photoperiodic and supplemental lighting of plugs, Allison Hurt, Michigan State University
  • Do consumers value water-saving plants? Heidi Lindberg, Michigan State University

4 - 4:30 p.m.            Implementing Produce Safety Practices, Beth Scheckelhoff, Ohio State Extension

4:30 - 5 p.m.            Calculating, Measuring & Mixing Small Amounts of Pesticides, Lee Stivers, Pennsylvania State University

5 p.m.                     Adjourn

Optional: Self-guided tour of the Michigan State University Trial Gardens

Cost: $99  (lunch included)


Room 101
Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health
4125 Beaumont Rd
Lansing, MI 48910

Cancellation policy: There will be a cancellation fee of $20 if participants cancel after Sept. 6, 2017.

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

Please more information contact Heidi Lindberg at or 616-994-4701.