Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will feature a session on basic production skills

Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will feature a session on basic production skills

The NEGC will have four presentations on Nov. 7, 2018.


The Basic Production Skills session will take place Nov. 7, 2018, at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo, and will feature four presentations on the fundamentals of greenhouse production. These presentations are appropriate for new growers or experienced growers interested in learning training topics. 

• 9 am - Controlling Height: Chemical, cultural and environmental approaches, Christopher J. Currey, Iowa State University

• 10:30 am - The art and science of watering, Rosa Raudales, University of Connecticut 

• 1:30 pm - Managing the greenhouse environment: Light, temperature, carbon dioxide, and humidity, Christopher J. Currey, Iowa State University 

• 2:30 pm - Nutrient management: Fertilizers and substrates, Ryan Dickson, University of New Hampshire 
Learn more about the presenters:

Christopher J. Currey is an assistant professor of Horticulture in the Department of Horticulture at the Iowa State University, specializing in greenhouse and controlled-environment crop production. He is also a frequent contributor to Garden Center magazine's sister publication Greenhouse Management magazine. Chris received his B.S from the University of Minnesota. After graduating he went to work as a commercial orchid producer in Minnesota, and was also a horticulturist for the National Park Service, growing native plants for restoration at Glacier National Park. After realizing he wanted to teach, conduct research, and work with commercial growers, he went back to the University of Minnesota for his M.S. and the received his Ph.D. in from Purdue University. Chris has responsibilities in teaching, research, and Extension. He teaches courses on greenhouse operations and management, hydroponic food crop production, floriculture crop production, and landscape crop production. Chris’s greenhouse crop and controlled-environment research is focused on providing research-based best-management practices to support commercial producers of ornamental and food crops to improve productivity, profitability, and sustainability using and managing light, temperature, mineral nutrition, and plant growth regulators.

Rosa E. Raudales is an assistant professor in Plant Science at the University of Connecticut. Rosa received a Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Florida, a M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from The Ohio State University, and a B.Sc. in Agricultural Science and Production Systems from Zamorano University. Rosa’s research program focuses on understanding how to use low-quality water for irrigation of greenhouse crops. The Raudales team conducts research on control of plant pathogens in closed-loop hydroponics, evaluating factors that affect clogging of irrigation systems, safe use of reclaimed-water, and water treatment options for control of pathogens, algae, biofilm and residual chemicals.  Rosa’s research and outreach program address management of biological, chemical and physical parameters in water that affect the plan health and irrigation efficiency of greenhouse crops.

Follow Rosa on Instagram @rosaraudales or Twitter @RaudalesLab 

Ryan Dickson is the State Extension Specialist for Greenhouse Management and Technologies at the University of New Hampshire. Ryan has a PhD in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida.

The biennial Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo is co-sponsored by New England Floriculture, Inc. - a group of grower representatives from the Northeast, augmented by University and Cooperative Extension staff in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management. 

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