2023 Greenhouse Grower, Nursery & Landscaper Education Day

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Join a team of Cornell Cooperative Extension educators from across NYS for a Greenhouse, Nursery & Landscaper School taking place on Wednesday January 18th. The morning will feature the following speakers:

9am: Rick Yates, GGSPro Technical Services Manager: Biostimulants- Nothing but the Facts!

Biostimulants are products that have the potential to optimize plant growth and performance through a variety of mechanisms. Benefits as diverse as improved fertilizer usage, reduced pest pressure and fighting off abiotic disorders are but a few. From silicon and mycorrhizae to a host of newer products, Rick will call them the way he sees them. “Show me the data”!

9:45am: Joyce Latimar - PGRs for Perennial Production

The growth habits of herbaceous perennials vary from gentile to rowdy. Joyce will provide a brief outline of plant growth regulators (PGRs) available for use on perennials. Then she will focus on dealing with the rowdy crowd with an emphasis on PGR application techniques designed to reduce worker contact and environmental impact.

10:50am: AJ Both - Lighting

11:45am: Margery Daughtrey - Protect Your 2023 Crops Against 2022 Diseases!”

That would include content about various Xanthomonas bacteria on geraniums and poinsettias and ornamental cabbages, Calibrachoa mild mottle virus, rust on monstera, Stemphylium on ornamental peppers, Thielaviopsis on ilex, Phyotphthora on Hedera, Fusarium on mums and some other happenings from this year. I think a broad review of recent troubles is good for a midwinter talk so people can resolve to avoid such things in the coming season.

12:30: Lunch & Trade Show

PM Sessions

1:15pm: Brian Eshenaur (NYS IPM) & Ethan Angell (NYSDAM) - Spotted Lanternfly: It’s here, what now?

The Spotted Lanternfly, arrived fist in New York in 2020 and is now established in parts of the Binghamton area. This invasive planthopper can become a real nuisance in landscapes and is a threat to vineyards. . In this session we’ll review images of this insect so it can be recognized in its different life stages which range from tan egg masses to tiny crawling black nymphs to the adult with polka dotted outer wings and bright-orange underwings. We’ll describe it’s life cycle and the favorite plants it feeds on. From their you’ll see the latest maps of where spotted lanternfly is located and learn of the regulatory work with this invasive insect.
By the end of the program, you will know, how to easily report sightings and all of the management options.

2:15pm: Brian Eshenaur (NYS IPM) What to Watch for in 2023: Landscape and nursery pests we can expect to in the coming growing season
There are some new and familiar pests that should be on our radar this coming year. The new ones include from box tree moth, zigzag sawfly, and beech leaf disease. In addition, there’s been a resurgence of spongy moth in some locations. We’ll talk about these and others all of which have their unique habitats and timing from spring through fall. In this session we’ll take a look at the symptoms, the pest’s life cycle and discuss the damage they can cause. Particular attention will be focused on IPM approaches along with pesticide treatments so these pests can be managed with environmentally friendly techniques.

3:15pm: Betsy Lamb (NYS IPM) - What's new in biocontrol and IPM for greenhouses?

There are several new biocontrols available that haven’t been used widely in NYS. We’ll cover what they are meant to control and how to integrate them into your pest management system. And there is always something new in greenhouse production. We’ll look at some new crops and how IPM can help in their production.

4pm: Sam Quinn (SUNY ESF) - Meadows Restoration Using EcoSystem Practices

The concept of converting lawns to meadows has existing for decades yet has enjoyed a recent surge of interest in the US. Compared to typical lawns, meadow plant communities support orders of magnitude more biodiversity, contribute more valuable ecosystem services to the surrounding landscape like protecting water quality, building soil and sequestering carbon, and can generate direct dollar value through harvest of flowers and other materials. For over a dozen years Sam Quinn, Private Lands Conservation Biologist at SUNY ESF's Restoration Science Center, has been restoring and managing meadows in mixed-use landscapes like farms, golf courses and solar collection facilities, and working with landowners to generate sustainable revenue from these plant communities. He will discuss the environmental harms of lawns, the benefits of meadows, and techniques to restore and manage these plant communities with special focus on landscape design.

Up to 5.0 DEC credits are available for both the AM (2.25 credits) and PM (2.75 or 1.0) sessions. In the PM session 10, 25, 1a & 3a can receive 2.75 credits , 22 is 1.0. The cost to attend the grower school is $50/person for the AM session and $35/person for the PM session. There is a virtual option. All in-person attendees will receive a coffee and morning pastries, as well as a mid morning and mid afternoon break, and lunch. There will also be networking time during the lunch for attendees. Payment is required at the time of registration. For those looking to attend virtually the zoom link will be sent the morning of January 17th to the email used in the registration. Registration is required by January 15th. DEC ID must be emailed to Laura Biasillo at lw257@cornell.edu for those looking to attend virtually and receive credits. Any questions can be directly to Laura Biasillo at lw257@cornell.edu. 






Laura Biasillo
Agricultural Economic Development Specialist
(607) 584-5007


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County
840 Upper Front St
Binghamton, NY 13905

Last updated December 14, 2022