Registration for online root zone management course now open

Participants have the opportunity to learn about water quality, plant nutrition and irrigation management in this three-month, self-paced online course about greenhouse and horticultural lighting. Registration closes Nov. 30, 2017.

Registration for online root zone management course now open

Registration for the winter session of the award-winning Root Zone Management Course in Michigan State University Extension’s College of Knowledge is now open. The College of Knowledge Online Series was the 2017 National Award Winning Commercial Horticulture Program from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Growers or other interested professionals can participate in the upcoming series of this award-winning program by signing up until Nov. 30, 2017. Students will have from Dec. 1, 2017, through Feb. 28, 2018, to complete the course. Sign up now!    

There are currently three online modules of the Floriculture College of Knowledge. In the summer 2017 session of Root Zone Management course, 19 people took the course from four countries, nine U.S. states and three Michigan counties. These participants represented 2.4 million square feet of greenhouse production. All of the survey respondents said they would recommend this course to someone else, and 90 percent reported they would make a crop production change within the next three months.

Course information

This non-credit, pre-recorded online course on root zone management is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about irrigation water, media, and their effects on plant nutrition. The course covers the latest practical information on root zone management techniques for ornamental crops in a greenhouse. Participants enrolled in this self-paced course will take a pre-test and a final exam to gauge their learning of the topics. Self-assessment quizzes will engage students with the material throughout the course. The cost to take the course is $129.

The course is instructed on MSU’s Desire-2-Learn Course Platform by Heidi Lindberg, greenhouse and nursery extension educator with MSU Extension. For more information and to watch a teaser video for this course, check out the Root Zone Management page.

Available scholarships and incentives

For the winter 2017-2018 session, there are three scholarships available for those interested in the course but do not have the financial means to take it. Greenhouse growers interested in the scholarship will be able to apply for it upon registering by writing a short paragraph about why you should be awarded this scholarship and how you plan to use the information in your business or professional endeavors. The applicants and winners will be kept confidential. The cost of the course will be reduced to $39.99 for scholarship winners.

Complete the course and be entered to win a $75 gift cards (U.S. residents only).  Once students have paid for the course, completed the pre-test, final exam and the post-course evaluation, they will be eligible to be entered in a raffle for a $75 gift cards.

Register now for the Root Zone Management online course!

Growers should also consider registering for the two other College of Knowledge courses:

You can read about the impacts of this national, award-winning series at “Sign up today for winter greenhouse online courses.”

This article was originally developed in 2013 by Kristin Getter, MSU Department of Horticulture, and updated by Heidi Lindberg in 2017.

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