Images of testing soil, plants, flowers and leaves

 Oct. 4, 2018

Registration 9:30 a.m.
Program 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health
4125 Beaumont Rd.
Lansing, MI 48910

The basic fundamentals for growing plants are fertilizer, substrate, and water. A nutritional management and monitoring program starts with knowing what is in the container. In-house nutrient monitoring provides you with key pH and EC values needed for successful crop production. Join Dr. W. Garrett Owen of MSU and Dr. Brian Whipker of North Carolina State University during this hands-on workshop as they discuss fert, dirt, and squirt and some of the key pieces of equipment needed to establish an in-house nutrient monitoring program. Please bring live plants, substrate, or water samples to the workshop to determine the pH, EC, and/or alkalinity during the hands-on portion of the workshop. Participants will be eligible to win a new Hanna Instruments pH/EC meter.

9:30 a.m.

Registration and refreshments

Dr. Garrett Owen

10 a.m.

Topic: Fertility

  • Why Does my Substrate Drop When I Use a Basic Fertilizer?
  • Plant Response to Phosphorus

Dr. Brian Whipker

11 a.m.

Topic: Substrate

  • Mixing It Up: Greenhouse Substrates and Alternatives

Dr. Garrett Owen

12 p.m.



1 p.m.

Topic: Water Quality

  • Alkalinity: Focus on Water Alkalinity, Not Water pH

Dr. Brian Whipker

2 p.m.

Topic: Nutritional Monitoring

  • Keeping Your pH and EC on Track

 Dr. Garrett Owen
 Dr. Brian Whipker

3 p.m.



3:15 p.m.

Hands-on Demonstration & Testing

  • PourThru, Saturated Media Extraction (SME), and1:2 Dilution

Dr. Garrett Owen

Dr. Brian Whipker

Registration Cost
Pre-Registration (Ends Sept. 20, 2018): $80
Normal and On-Site Registration: $100 
Cancellation Fee after Sept. 27, 2018: $20

Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon snack, and handouts.

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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 contact W. Garrett Owen, Eastern Michigan Floriculture and Greenhouse Outreach Specialist, at 248-347-0269, Ext. 202, for more workshop or registration information.