2011 West Michigan summer nursery discussion meetings

Nursery growers are invited to a series of weekly, roundtable discussions with ornamental nursery plant growers and MSU Extension specialists in Ottawa County starting June 16.

Nursery growers who grow herbaceous perennials and woody ornamentals are reminded to participate in the weekly MSU Summer Nursery Discussions that are hosted by Thomas A. Dudek, senior Extension horticulture and marketing educator for MSU Extension in Ottawa County. These meetings will take place starting Thursday, June 16, at 11:00 AM in Conference Room F of the Ottawa County Fillmore Administration Building, 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive.

Attendees share what is occurring at their nursery and also are encouraged to bring in samples of plant problems for diagnosis and sharing with others. We also have special presentations from MSU Extension specialists that share the latest knowledge generated from research that they have conducted on nursery crops.

2011 Summer Nursery Discussion Schedule

Meetings start promptly at 11:00 AM – 12:30PM

Thursday, June 16 Fred Warner, MSU Diagnostic Services Laboratory”Nematode Update on Ornamental Plants”
Thursday, June 23 Dr. David Smitley, Department of Entomology, MSU“New Insect Pests, New Insecticides, New Issues for Nurseries”
Thursday, June 30 Dr. William Kirk, Department of Pathology, MSU“Latest Research on Herbaceous Perennials Disease Management”
Thursday, July 7 Dr. Hannah Mathers, The Ohio State University“Weed Control Updates for Nurseries”
Thursday, July 14 Dr. Bert Cregg, Department of Horticulture, MSU“Conventional vs. Organic Fertilizers for Nursery Production”
“Update on Storage and Handing of Difficult to Transplant Shade Trees”
“Update on Coning of Frasier Firs”
Thursday, July 21 Dr. Tom Fernandez, Department of Horticulture, MSU“Update on Nursery Research Including Water Usage, Alternative Media Components, and Bio-containers, etc.”
Thursday, July 28 “Nursery Growers New Idea Exchange: Bring One New Idea to Share with Others Who Attend”

For further information on these meetings, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 616-994-4580.

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