March 15, 2015
Most attendees at this year’s Nursery Growers’ Short Course on Feb. 4 were happy to return to Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.

In comments recorded from attendees, they were happy with the line-up of speakers. “Tons of information. Very interesting,” wrote one attendee. “Speakers were very knowledgeable about their topic.”

Jen Llewellyn of OMAFRA began the day’s topics with What’s Bugging Your Nursery Crops, followed by Julian Suurd of Suurd Agri Sales, on Agronomy for Nursery Production.

The rest of the morning included Jason Deveau of OMAFRA, speaking on Latest in Sprayer Technology; Jeanine West, of PhytoServ, on How Effective are 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.

At the end of the morning session, participants had the opportunity to view the New Products Showcase.

Tom Hsiang, of the University of Guelph, led off the afternoon agenda with his topic, The World of Rotting Wood. He was followed by 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; and Melissa Spearing, of Ground Covers Unlimited, talking on The International Seed Bank. Julian Suurd highlighted the afternoon agenda with his talk on Soil Agronomy for Nursery Production.

Chris Pieper, of Pieper Nurseries, demonstrated How to Survive an MOE Audit, followed by the always-popular Grower Good Ideas.

The event was sponsored by Direct Solutions.

Next year’s Growers Short Course will return to the RBG on Feb. 3.