Dec 9, 2011
Registration Open for IFGA Bedding Plant ConferenceSource: Purdue University

Registration is now open for the 2012 Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) Spring Bedding Plant Conference on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Crossroads Greenhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

Registration is now open for the 2012 Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) Spring Bedding Plant Conference on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Crossroads Greenhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

Pesticide Applicator Recertification (PARP) credit will be offered for attending the educational sessions.

The program is as follows:

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Tour of Crossroads Greenhouse

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Registration

Temperature and Light Management

10 to 11:30 a.m. – Managing Temperature and Light to Produce High-Quality Bedding Plants in a Predictable Manner – Erik Runkle, Michigan State University

11:30 to 11:45 a.m. – What Bedding Plants Can You Grow with No Heat? – Roberto Lopez, Purdue University

11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Assessing the Difference between Field and High Tunnel Specialty Cut Flower Production in the Midwest – Michael Ortiz, Purdue University

12 to 12:30 p.m. – Lunch provided – When is Light Most Important for Bedding Plants? – Chris Currey and Veronica Hutchinson, Purdue University

Plant Growth Regulators

12:30 to 1 p.m. – Using PGRs Effectively on Bedding Plants – Erik Runkle, Michigan State University

Insect Management

1 to 2 p.m. – Pest Control Strategies for Bedding Plants: Effectively Managing Thrips, Aphids, Spider Mites and Fungus Gnats – Luis Canas, Ohio State University

Marketing and Economics

2 to 3 p.m. – Local Solutions and Competitive Advantages to Sell More Plants in 2012 – Frank Zaunscherb, Zaunscherb Roberts Blair Inc.

3 to 4 p.m. – Innovative Solutions to Differentiate Your Plants from the Rest – Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farm

Mail in registration will be accepted until Feb. 10; after this fate registration will only be accepted on site and you will not receive a free lunch. Registration forms can be downloaded at: https://sharepoint.agriculture.purdue.edu/agriculture/flowers/events.aspx.

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