January 15, 2015
The theme at this year’s Nursery Growers’ Short Course is Crop Nutrition and Water Quality in Collection Ponds.

The annual short course will take place on Feb. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.

Along with a great line-up of speakers, the event includes a continental breakfast, full lunch, refreshments, trade show and program and all the networking you can handle.

Following breakfast, Jen Llewellyn of OMAF will begin the day’s topics with What’s Bugging Your Nursery Crops, followed by Julian Suurd of Suurd Agri Sales, who will speak on Agronomy for Nursery Production.

The rest of the morning will include Jason Deveau of OMAF, speaking on Latest in Sprayer Technology; Jeanine West, of PhytoServ, speaking on Impact Sprinklers; Greg Riddell, of Riddell Aquatic Science, talking about Managing Algae in Recycling Ponds, and Kristen Hoffman, of Workplace Safety Prevention Services, presenting Safety in the Nursery.

The morning will conclude with the New Products Showcase, Growers’ Board announcements, and lunch.

The afternoon agenda includes Tom Hsiang, of the University of Guelph, on The World of Rotting Wood; Jason Henry, of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, speaking on nursery research; Youbin Zheng, of the University of Guelph, speaking on Using Nutrients More Efficiently; Melissa Spearing, of Ground Covers Unlimited, talking on The International Seed Bank. Julian Suurd will highlight the afternoon agenda with his talk on Soil Agronomy for Nursery Production.

The day will conclude with Chris Pieper, of Pieper Nurseries, demonstrating How to Survive an MOE Audit, and the always-popular Grower Good Ideas.

The event will be sponsored by Direct Solutions. Pre-registration is $75 for LO members, and on-site registration is $90. For more information, contact Kathleen Pugliese at kpugliese@landscapeontario.com.