UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture

UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture A page about growing greenhouse crops and flowers by the UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture program. UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program provides information about growing greenhouse crops and flowers.

Watch this page for upcoming events and updates. Share ideas about greenhouse crop and flower production and pest management.

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PGR Impacts on New Guinea ImpatiensThe topic for the latest Greenhouse Update is PGR impacts on New Guinea Impatiens, wh...
05/20/2021

PGR Impacts on New Guinea Impatiens

The topic for the latest Greenhouse Update is PGR impacts on New Guinea Impatiens, which emphasizes the importance of careful treatment management in crowded greenhouses. Please visit the following link to access the message:

https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/greenhouse-updates-may-20-2021

PGR Impacts on New Guinea Impatiens

The topic for the latest Greenhouse Update is PGR impacts on New Guinea Impatiens, which emphasizes the importance of careful treatment management in crowded greenhouses. Please visit the following link to access the message:

https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/greenhouse-updates-may-20-2021

Chilling InjuryThe topic for the latest Greenhouse Update is chilling injury, which is an important consideration for se...
03/19/2021

Chilling Injury

The topic for the latest Greenhouse Update is chilling injury, which is an important consideration for sensitive crops as temperatures fluctuate in the late winter and early spring. Please visit the following link to access the message:

https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/greenhouse-updates-march-19-2021

Chilling Injury

The topic for the latest Greenhouse Update is chilling injury, which is an important consideration for sensitive crops as temperatures fluctuate in the late winter and early spring. Please visit the following link to access the message:

https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/greenhouse-updates-march-19-2021

Inspect Incoming Plants for Pests and DiseasesThe topic for our latest Greenhouse Update emphasizes the importance of in...
02/23/2021
Greenhouse Updates: February 23, 2021

Inspect Incoming Plants for Pests and Diseases

The topic for our latest Greenhouse Update emphasizes the importance of inspecting incoming plant material to help keep pests and pathogens out of the greenhouse. Please visit the following link to access the message:

https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/greenhouse-updates-february-23-2021

Starting with high quality disease and insect free plant material is a critical step in the management of diseases and insect pests in the greenhouse. The first step in reducing pest pressure is to purchase high quality, pest free plant material from reputable producers. When new plant material is b...

2021 VIRTUAL GET READY FOR SPRING GREENHOUSE PROGRAM FROM UMASS EXTENSIONDate: Friday, January 29, 2021Time: 8:30-9:00 A...
01/08/2021
2021 Virtual Get Ready for Spring Greenhouse Program

2021 VIRTUAL GET READY FOR SPRING GREENHOUSE PROGRAM FROM UMASS EXTENSION

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
Time: 8:30-9:00 AM
Location: Virtual!

For complete information and to register: https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/events/2021-virtual-get-ready-for-spring-greenhouse-program

Every season comes with its own challenges. Join us via GoToWebinar on January 29, 2021 for a virtual education program that will provide you with updates and tips for managing pests in spring greenhouse crops. This program will be held as a live webinar from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. The agenda will feature three presentations, with fifteen minute breaks in between.

Topics and Speakers:

Pesky Pythium: How to Steer Clear with your Spring Greenhouse Crops - Dr. Angela Madeiras, Plant Pathologist, UMass Extension

Pest Management Update: Insect News to Use for Spring Plant Production - Dan Gilrein, Entomologist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Suffolk County

Using Biopesticides to Manage Greenhouse Pests - Dr. Michael Brownbridge, BioWorks Inc.

Three pesticide credits in categories 26, 29, 31 and 000 have been approved for this program, valid for licenses in all New England states.

Registration deadline: January 28, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Questions? Contact Geoffrey Njue at [email protected] or Jason Lanier at [email protected]

Summary Every season comes with its own challenges. Join us via GoToWebinar on January 29, 2021 for a virtual education program that will provide you with updates and tips for managing pests in spring greenhouse crops. This program will be held as a live webinar from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. The agenda....

09/17/2020

Don't miss our 9/24 Lunchtime Webinar - Update on Disease Management Options for Spring Greenhouse Crops

Dr. Cheryl Smith, Extension Professor and Plant Health Specialist, UNH Extension will discuss both cultural and chemical management options for the most common, and troublesome diseases of spring greenhouse crops.

This webinar is free of charge for all attendees thanks to gracious financial support from the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association.

Registration is required to attend. To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2001994479552009485

9/24 Lunchtime Webinar - Update on Disease Management Options for Spring Greenhouse CropsHas managing fungal diseases in...
09/02/2020

9/24 Lunchtime Webinar - Update on Disease Management Options for Spring Greenhouse Crops

Has managing fungal diseases in your bedding plant crops been a challenge? Do bacterial diseases baffle you? Please join us on Thursday, September 24 from 12-1 PM. Dr. Cheryl Smith, Extension Professor and Plant Health Specialist, UNH Extension will discuss both cultural and chemical management options for the most common, and troublesome diseases of spring greenhouse crops. She’ll also discuss several new disease management products to be included in the updated edition of the New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide. Join us for this informative discussion and come with questions about the most challenging diseases of your spring greenhouse crops.
Registration

The webinar is free of charge for all attendees thanks to gracious financial support from the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association (https://www.massflowergrowers.com/) on the behalf of the greenhouse industry in Massachusetts.

Registration is required to attend. To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2001994479552009485

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions for joining the webinar.

Pesticide Credits
One (1) pesticide re-certification contact hour for Massachusetts categories 26, 29, 31 and Applicator's (Core) license will be offered for this program, valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

Contact
Geoffrey Njue at [email protected] or Jason Lanier at [email protected]

08/04/2020

8/27 Lunchtime Webinar - Using Biological Control and Pesticides Together to Manage Greenhouse Insect and Mite Pests: Can it be Done?

Please join us for this August lunchtime greenhouse webinar. Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist, Kansas State University will discuss the fundamentals of integrating pesticides (insecticides, miticides, and fungicides) with biological control agents (parasitoids and predators) to mitigate problems with insect and mite pests. He will discuss the direct and indirect effects of pesticides on biological control agents and provide examples of situations where both pest management strategies may be integrated. Raymond will include information based on scientific research conducted in his laboratory at Kansas State University.

Registration

The webinar is free of charge for all attendees thanks to gracious financial support from the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association (https://www.massflowergrowers.com/) on the behalf of the greenhouse industry in Massachusetts.

Registration is required to attend. To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5575748117982713616

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions for joining the webinar.

Pesticide Credits

One (1) pesticide re-certification contact hour for Massachusetts categories 26, 29, 31 and Applicator's (Core) license will be offered for this program, valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

Contact

Geoffrey Njue at [email protected] or Jason Lanier at [email protected]

Stay tuned for an additional webinar opportunity in September.

MA Residents Asked to Report Receipt of Any Unsolicited Packages of SeedsAccording to a July 28, 2020, press release fro...
07/31/2020
Massachusetts Residents Asked to Report Receipt of Any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds

MA Residents Asked to Report Receipt of Any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds

According to a July 28, 2020, press release from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, residents of Massachusetts who receive or have received an unsolicited package of seeds should not plant the seeds and should contact state plant regulatory officials using a form on MDAR’s website.

For more information: https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-residents-asked-to-report-receipt-of-any-unsolicited-packages-of-seeds

For Massachusetts residents – Please submit a report to the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources at: https://www.mass.gov/forms/receipt-of-unsolicited-seeds

For residents of other states – Please contact your specific state's State Plant Health Director. ( SPHD Search: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/ppq-program-overview/ct_sphd )

Residents that receive or have received an unsolicited package of seeds should not plant the seeds and contact state plant regulatory officials.

National Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) Greenhouse SurveyAs a follow up to the initial find of ToBRFV in Flori...
07/15/2020
Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV)

National Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) Greenhouse Survey

As a follow up to the initial find of ToBRFV in Florida back in December 2020, the USDA is now requiring an emergency survey for ToBRFV in all states. As a result, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural resources (MDAR) is seeking to determine the location of commercially grown tomato, pepper, or eggplant, at high yields, under a structure (not field grown) in MA. Plants can be either fruiting or not yet fruiting hosts (not just for seedlings as before), and includes plants intended for local distribution as well as non-local. These sites will need to be surveyed by MDAR staff as soon as possible.

Growers should contact Joanne Klein directly at [email protected] or call/text at 857-324-3404.

For more information on Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus, refer to: http://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/fact-sheets/tomato-brown-rugose-fruit-virus-tobrfv

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UMass Soil Testing Lab UpdateThe UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab is pleased to announce that we will be accept...
07/09/2020
Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory

UMass Soil Testing Lab Update

The UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab is pleased to announce that we will be accepting new orders for ROUTINE SOIL ANALYSIS and PARTICLE SIZE ANALYSIS orders ONLY beginning Monday, 7/13/20. Please do not send orders for other types of analyses at this time. Orders should be sent via USPS, UPS, FedEx or other private carrier. The lab office will remain closed to the general public until further notice. Hand delivered orders will not be accepted at this time. Processing time will be longer than usual since we are operating with reduced staff and staggered shifts. Updates and order forms are available at: https://ag.umass.edu/services/soil-plant-nutrient-testing-laboratory.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Updates

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has reopened the application period until August 8, 2020. The PPP original application period closed on June 30, 2020.

As a recap, PPP is a program administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with applications being processed through an SBA-approved lending institution. While PPP is a loan, an important point to note is that the loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (at least 60% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease. The period used to cover eligible costs and expenses has also increased from 8 weeks to 24 weeks from loan disbursement, making it easier for PPP recipients to meet the 60% payroll requirement. Special consideration under PPP is provided for seasonal businesses such as farming, nursery, greenhouse and aquaculture operations.

More detailed information, including a list of SBA-approved lending institutions that process PPP applications can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program#section-header-5

Why Test Soil? Here are five good reasons! Nutrient levels - Test results provide you with soil nutrient levels and fertilizer recommendations when needed. Soil Acidity - Soil pH and exchangeable acidity are measured for the determination of lime requirements. Environmental Protection - Test results...

04/23/2020

COVID-19 Resources for Commercial Horticulture Interests in MA

While operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been significantly reduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMass Extension has developed a listing of resources for commercial horticulture operations in Massachusetts to help keep you informed and aware of relevant policies and best practices for landscapers, turf managers, arborists, nurseries, garden centers, and greenhouse producers. For our COVID-19 Information and Support for Landscapers, Nurseries, Turf Managers, Garden Centers, Arborists, and Greenhouse Operations in Massachusetts, go to:

https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/news/covid-19-information-support-for-landscapers-nurseries-turf-managers

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