January 15, 2012
The annual LO Growers' Group Short Course has a new home this year. The Feb. 8 event will take place at Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Watson Parkway South, in Guelph.

The popular annual event still promises to provide nursery growers an opportunity to network, share information and learn more about important issues affecting the sector.

This year's Short Course has a great line-up of topics, covering everything from insect pests, weeds, trees, fungi and more. Again this year, there will be several exhibitors who supply products used by the nursery industry. As always, the day concludes with the always-popular Growers' Good Idea session. The New Products Showcase returns. Plant Products is this year's Short Course sponsor, and Gro-Bark will sponsor the lunch.

Register online at www.horttrades.com by Feb. 3 to take advantage of pre-registration fees: $65 for LO members, $75 for potential members and $25 for students. Onsite registration is $90. Register online (locc.ca), or download form from www.horttrades.com, and mail or fax to Kathleen.

Short Course line-up

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome back to the Guelph Legion
8:40 Improved IPM in the Nursery Jen Llewellyn, Rob Pivar, Jason Deveau
9:10 Using Beneficial Nematodes Effectively Special Guest Speaker
10:00---Refreshment Break and Networking
10:30 Managing Black Vine Weevil Michael Brownbridge, VRIC
10:45 Cover Crops that Suppress Pathogenic Nematodes Ann Verhallen, OMAFRA
11:10 Biocomposites for the Greenhouse and Nursery Mahendra Thimmanagari, OMAFRA
11:25 Using Native Species for Green Roofs Niagara College Root-Pruning Pots for Native Oaks Niagara College
11:45 New Product Showcase Various exhibitors
11:55 Growers' Board Announcements, Door Prize Draws
12-noon lunch
1:00 Are Fungi Having Sex? Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph
1:30 Water Quality for Plant Production Theo Blom, University of Guelph
2:00 Automated Irrigation and Acidification in the Nursery Youbin Zheng, University of Guelph
2:30 Wetland Biofiltration in the Nursery Ann Huber, Soil Resource Group
2:45 Break
3:00 Management Strategies for Verticillium George Lazarovits, A&L Biologicals Agroecology Research
3:30 Impacts of Organic vs. Conventional Pesticides Rebecca Hallett, University of Guelph Arboretum
4:00 Stinkbug Identification and Detecting Invasive Pests Steve Marshall, University of Guelph
4:15 Grower Good Ideas
4:45 Adjourn