January 15, 2010
If it’s February, it must be time for the annual LO Growers’ Short Course. This annual winter event offers an opportunity for nursery growers to network and share information. This year the course continues to offer a great opportunity to learn more about the important issues that are affecting growers.

The course takes place on Feb. 10 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton/Burlington. As always, the day concludes with the Good Idea session.

The line-up of speakers is diverse, including topics on sprayer technology, predicting and diagnosing diseases, container media amendments, water quality and environmental stewardship. Again this year, there will be several exhibitors who supply products used by the nursery industry.

A new feature this year is a New Products Showcase. Exhibitors will have two minutes each to highlight new or significantly improved products for 2010.

Registration this year includes a copy of the new edition of OMAFRA publication 383 Nursery and Landscape Plant Production and IPM.

Plant Products Co. Ltd. is the 2010 Short Course sponsor.

Register online at www.horttrades.com by Feb. 4 to take advantage of pre-registration savings: $65 per LO member, $75 for a potential member and $25 for a student. Onsite registration is $90. Breakfast, lunch and GST are included in the registration fee.

2010 Growers Short Course speakers

LO Nursery Technical Analyst Update
Francesco Pacelli, Landscape Ontario

A Digital Guide to Nursery Insect Pests
Dave Cheung, University of Guelph

Improving Nursery Spray Applications
Jason Deveau, OMAFRA

Nursery Production Research
Youbin Zheng, University of Guelph

My Nursery Research in Ontario
Hannah Mathers, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Ohio State University

Char and Humates in Container Media
Christoph Kessel and Jennifer Llewellyn, OMAFRA

Leaf Spots, Needlecastsand Blights of Nursery Crops
Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph

Prediction Models for Fireblight
Michael Celetti, OMAFRA

Field Test for Phytophtora
Michael Celetti, OMAFRA

The University of Guelph Arboretum and You
Sean Fox, University of Guelph

Great Lakes Water Quality and the Nursery
Donna Speranzini, OMAFRA

Alternatives to Ash
Chris Graham, Kimberly Cottage Gardens

CNLA Growers Manager Update
Rita Weerdenberg, CNLA

Environmental Stewardship in the Nursery
Jennifer Llewellyn, OMAFRA

Growers Good Ideas Session