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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

2018 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

in coordination with

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo

December 4 and 5, 2018

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


Schedule At-A-Glance

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

9:00 to 9:50 10:00 to 10:50    2:00 to 2:50 3:00 to 3:50

Substrate Perspectives: Materials, Mixing, and Management

Brian Jackson, NC State Univ.


Insect Pest Management and Understanding Tank Mixes and Adjuvants

Dave Smitley, MSU

Sponsored by Nufarm

Moderated by Jeremy Jubenville

Winning against Plant Diseases

Mary Hausbeck, MSU

Sponsored by OHP, Inc

Moderated by Tom Dudek

What to Expect During a WPS Greenhouse Inspection

Julie Yocum, Michigan Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development

Sponsored by Michigan Plant Growers Co-Op

Moderated by Jeremy Jubenville

Fert, Dirt, and Squirt: Nutritional Monitoring of Greenhouse Crops

W. Garrett Owen, MSU

Sponsored by Berger

Moderated by Chris Schwartz

A Grower's Guide to Greenhouse Gadgets

Roberto Lopez, MSU
W. Garrett Owen, MSU

Sponsored by LI-COR

Moderated by Mark Watkins

Substrate Evolution: Can Wood be Good?

Brian Jackson, NC State Univ.


The Latest and Greatest - MSU Greenhouse Research Update

Mary Hausbeck, W. Garrett Owen, Roberto Lopez, Bridget Behe, and Erik Runkle

Sponsored by Syngenta

Moderated by Erik Runkle


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

9:00 to 9:50 10:00 to 10:50    


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

Who is Your Customer? Gathering and Using Information

Bridget Behe, MSU

Sponsored by Ball Horticultural Co.

Moderated by Kevin Cook

Trending Products in Garden Centers and Secrets to Success

Joe Miedema, JW Greenhouses; Chris Schwartz, Schwartz's Greenhouse; Mark Weesies, Weesies Brothers; and Mike Ouding, River Street Flowerland

Moderated by Heidi Lindberg

Recruiting the Next Generation of Customers

Bridget Behe, MSU

Sponsored by Proven Winners

Moderated by Tom Dudek

Matching the Lighting Fixture to the Application

Erik Runkle, MSU and Roberto Lopez, MSU

Sponsored by P.L. Light Systems

Moderated by Ben Klooster

Measuring Pesticides: There is More than You Realize

Fred Whitford, Purdue Univ.

Moderated by Garrett Owen

Adjuvants and the Power of the Spray Droplet

Fred Whitford, Purdue Univ.

Moderated by Roberto Lopez

2:00 to 3:30

Greenhouse Trends and Challenges in 2018

W. Garrett Owen, MSU; Heidi Lindberg, MSU Extension; Jeremy Jubenville, MSU Extension

Sponsored by Fine Americas






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  Please send your comments to Dr. Erik Runkle runkleer@msu.edu

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