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Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo



The Western Michigan Greenhouse Association, the Metro Detroit Flower Growers’ Association,

and the Michigan State University Floriculture Team are proud to offer the

2013 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

in coordination with

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo

in the Devos Place Convention Center, downtown Grand Rapids
Visit the Great Lakes Expo Website to register and for more information

Greenhouse Education Sessions at a Glance

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

9:00 to 9:50 10:00 to 11:15    



2:00 to 2:50 3:00 to 3:50

Water Treatment Technologies for Control of Microbes in Irrigation

Rosa Raudales, Univ. of Florida

Moderated by Mark Watkins, Bogie Lake Greenhouses

Best Advice I Ever Gave or Followed In the Greenhouse Industry

Tim Stiles (Masterpiece Flowers), Tom Smith (Four Star Greenhouse), Bill Tuinier (Post Gardens), Susie Raker (C. Raker & Sons), and Calvin Bordine (Bordine's)

Moderated by
Dr. Erik Runkle, MSU and Kevin Sall, Sunnyside Greenhouse

Sponsored by the Michigan Plant Growers Co-Op

Is Your Business SmartPhone Ready?

Dr. Kristin Getter, MSU

Moderated by Heidi Wollaeger, MSU Extension

Calculating Return on Investment for Greenhouse Capital Purchases... with Examples

Roger Betz, MSU Extension

Moderated by
Tom Dudek, MSU Extension
Software to Help You Manage Scheduling and Inventory:
A Panel Presentation

Moderated by
Dr. Kristin Getter, MSU

Disaster Preparedness: Is Your Greenhouse Fire Drill Ready?

Zachery Bruce, Hortica Insurance

Moderated by Mark Kaltz, Kaltz and Sons Farms

3:00 to 4:15

MSU Floriculture Research Update

Bridget Behe, Johanna Del Castillo-Munera, Daedre Craig, Kristin Getter, Blair Harlan, Erik Runkle, Ryan Warner, and Wei Zhang, MSU

Moderated by
Heidi Wollaeger, MSU Extension

4:30 to 6:30 pm
Michigan Floriculture Growers Council reception and annual meeting

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

9:00 to 9:50 10:00 to 10:50    



2:00 to 2:50 3:00 to 3:50
Impatiens Downy Mildew: A Challenge for the Ornamental Plant Industry

Dr. Aaron Palmateer, Tropical Research & Education Center, Univ. of Florida

Moderated by Mark Weesies, Weesies Bros. Farms

Sponsored by OHP, Inc.

Creating Fairy Gardens: A Grower Panel

Tammy Carlson (Carlson's Greenhouse), Lea Kuklinski (Flowerland), and Mike Ouding (River Street Flowerland)

Moderated by
Dr. Bridget Behe, MSU
Do You Know Your Customer?

Dr. Bridget Behe, MSU

Moderated by Joe Barson, Barson's Greenhouse

Enhancing the Consumer Retail Experience

Dr. Bridget Behe, MSU

Moderated by Paul Schaap, Schaap's Greenhouse

10:00 to 11:30 Quick Fixes for Crappy Crops

Dr. Erik Runkle, MSU

Moderated by Heidi Wollaeger, MSU Extension

Controlling Thrips and Spider Mites

Dr. David Smitley, MSU

Moderated by Tom Dudek, MSU Extension

Exciting Alternatives to Impatiens in the Landscape: A Panel Presentation

Jerry Gorchels (Pan American Seed), Amy Briggs-Macha (Syngenta Flowers), and John Gaydos (Proven Winners)

Moderated by
Tom Dudek, MSU Extension

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Special Workshop
Biocontrol for Ornamental Spring Crops in Greenhouses

8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University

Moderated by Kristin Getter, MSU.

Sponsored by MGS Horticulture USA

This workshop will present an overview for how biocontrol methods can be used to control insect pests in greenhouses. Discussion topics include how biocontrols work, the various organisms that are used for biocontrol, how chemical sprays impact biocontrol, release rates, banker plants, and evaluation of the biocontrol program. Workshop cost: $95, including a break snack.  Register now.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Special Tour
Western Michigan Greenhouse Bus Tour

8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Tour leader: Tom Dudek, MSU Extension
Bus departs promptly at 8:30am from the Lyon St. entrance of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Consider joining other greenhouse industry growers on this tour to see retail, wholesale, and propagation operations that are energy-efficient and mechanized, and grow high-quality plants for the market place.  The tour stops and highlights of each facility are described below.  The $79 registration cost is required to cover transportation and lunch expenses.  This tour may be canceled if fewer than 20 participants register in advance. Register now; space is limited to the first 40 registrations.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market

• The Market is a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing, and education for and about local produce.
• The indoor facility features a Market Hall, which currently is the new home to 19 vendors.
• Over 75 farmers and artisans line the Outdoor Farmer's Market shed throughout the season.
• The Market offers several exceptional spaces throughout the site, including rentable incubator kitchens, rooftop greenhouses, and the nation's first demonstration kitchen for kids.
• The Downtown Market is set to be LEED-certified (also the first in the nation), features a green roof, live walls, geothermal wells, rain gardens, and plenty of other innovative sustainable features.

Mast Young Plants (Grand Rapids)

• The Peach Ridge facility features young plant liner production, houses the customer service department, and serves as the trucking and FedEx shipping hub. Annually, MYP roots and sells approximately 21 million vegetative liners.
• Young plant production begins to ramp up around the time of the tour. This location will have finished a crop of poinsettias and cyclamen prior to the start of the young plants season.
• As a result of a lean-flow analysis in their unrooted cutting sticking process, MYP now utilizes a team approach to sticking liners. In the 3 years since implementing this change, MYP increased the units stuck per hour by 25%.
• A variety of water problems dating back to the 1997 construction of this facility were affecting plant quality, which led them to purchase a reverse osmosis system in 2000. This water treatment system significantly improved plant quality, and all water used on site runs through this system.
• Worked with the Floriculture Research Alliance to find a solution for biofilm accumulation, and as a result they now use chlorine dioxide in all lines to inhibit algae growth in the pipes.
• MYP has an R&D department that trials over 500 new varieties each year and has become an important part of identifying new items for customers each year.

Countryside Greenhouse (Allendale)

• Michigan's newest and largest retail greenhouse facility opened in April, 2013.
• The business began in 1982 as both a wholesale and retail operation. Today, it is 100% retail and has become a leading ornamental stop for families shopping for plants from across Michigan and surrounding states.
• 240,000 square feet of poly-covered greenhouse, all of which utilizes a VRE heat / shade curtain for energy conservation.
• 80,000 square feet of shade-covered nursery sales environment.
• Crops irrigated using captured rain water / surface water utilizing a Dramm fine filtration / ozone disinfection system.

Spring Meadow Nursery (Grand Haven)

• Spring Meadow Nursery is one of North America's largest purveyors of woody plant liners. They develop and produce Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs, selecting, developing, and introducing shrubs under the banner of America's #1 plant brand.
• Founded in 1981 by Dale and Liz Deppe, they search to find the best new shrubs and the most cutting edge horticultural technology. Introductions include Wine & Roses® weigela, 'Limelight' hydrangea, Black Lace® sambucus, and the Lo & Behold® series of dwarf buddleia.
• Over twenty acres of computer-controlled greenhouses
• Flood floor range and mist houses
• One-of-a-kind custom-built trimming and sorting machine
• During your visit, pick up our catalog of over 500 plant varieties, including 200 in the Proven Winners ColorChoice line.




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