Updates on Ornamental Disease Webinar Series, “Let’s Talk Disease”.

Screen shot of advertisement for the first webinar in the series, featuring John Lea-CoxWe are ecstatic to report that the webinar series “LET’S TALK DISEASE”  hosted by Greenhouse Canada Magazine and OMAFRA has had high interest and participation from growers.

Running from March to late April, this series covers topics from sanitation measures, to the most effective fungicides for persistent pests like powdery mildew.

Keep reading for and UPDATED list of dates and exciting speakers, and how you can view presentations you might have missed

Why Focus on Disease?

When growers were asked  in a recent VRIC what they needed in order to improve their success with  disease management, 40% of grower responses included requests for information, strategies, and training, so that they could use existing tools more effectively.

To help bring you the latest information on disease control, OMAFRA has assembled a team of researchers, extension specialists and consultants from the U.S. to provide expert information and advice.  Sign up for one or all of the broadcasts, depending on your needs!

Greenhouse Canada Disease Webinar Schedule:

  • Thursday March 14th, 2-3pm: Cultural Controls. Run by Dr. John D. Lea-Cox from the University of Maryland, this webinar will guide you through the basics of cultural controls, from clean stock  to irrigation water recycling and sanitation. COMPLETED: view the recording here (register to view).
  • Wednesday, March 20th, 2-3 pm: Fusarium Basics. Presented by Dr. Ann Chase, Chase Agricultural Consulting, find out how to best protect your crops from fusarium and other root rots. Cultural, biological and conventional control strategies will be covered. COMPLETED: view the recording here (register to view)
  • Tuesday, April 2nd, 2-3 pm: Disease Diagnostics for Greenhouse Crops. Featuring Dr. Karen Rane, University of Maryland, you’ll learn how to sharpen your diagnostic skills.  Dr. Rane will provide tips and strategies for identifying problems in your crop. Register here.
  • Tuesday, April 9th, 2-3pm: Powdery mildew control. Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia will tell you about proactive measures you can take in the greenhouse and how to manage the disease when present. Register here.
  • Tuesday, April 23rd, 2-3pm: Disease of Cut Flowers.  Dr. Janna Beckerman, Purdue University. Details and registration link to follow!

All webinars are FREE; all they require is registration.  See links above, or go to Greenhouse Canada Magazine’s website for the latest webinar.

More results of the 2018 Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Biocontrol Survey can be found here.

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