MANTS 2016

January 6 - 8, 2016
Baltimore Convention Center
 

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Session Information

Please Note: We have added TWO NEW sessions to the Landscape Contractor and Nursery Grower track on Day 2!
New Session #1: IPM in a Production Nursery: Mixing Great Theories with Hard Realities (Speakers: Steve Black, Marie Rojas, Melissa Harmel)

New Session #2: Native or Non-Native Species: What is Right for You? (Speaker: Joe Barley)

These sessions are not printed in the original registration brochure. 


For more information on recertification credits, please select from the links below.

Day 1 - February 19, 2015

7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.  Opening Remarks, Brent Rutley
 
 
Keynote
Acres Online Live!
8:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit
 
Do you get the weekly email newsletter Acres Online from GrowerTalks editor Chris Beytes? More than 27,000 industry insiders from around the world depend on his news and insights to help them keep up with the fast-paced world of professional horticulture. Chris combines nearly four decades of industry experience, professional journalism skills and a wry sense of humor to keep it informative, fact-filled and fun. And now he’s live! In Acres Online Live, Chris will share the latest horticulture industry trends from around the world New England, North America and the world—the most timely information you need for the coming season. From downy mildew in the U.S., floral trends from Europe and more, Chris will cover the gamut. And you can expect a few things he wouldn’t dare put in print!
 
Plenary Wrap-up
Toot Your Horn: How to Get the Publicity You Deserve (and Need!)
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit
 
Why is that horticulturist on the morning weather report? How did that garden center owner get a gardening radio program? Why didn’t my poinsettia crop make the front page of the Sunday paper? Why do some businesses get all the free press? Might it be that they know how to develop and work the key contacts in the mass media? Your speaker, Chris Beytes, has more than 30 years of experience in horticulture, and he’s also an experienced newspaper and magazine editor, so he knows how to sell a story. This seminar will cover many aspects of publicity, from small to large, from Facebook and YouTube to radio and TV.
 

Nursery Grower


Is it Time for Bareroot, Again?
(Joint session with Landscape Contractor)
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Joe Proskine, CPH, Ruppert Nurseries, Inc.
 
Until hydraulic equipment was technologically and economically affordable, many trees were moved bareroot. Even today most of our nursery liners are still moved that way. Is there another way that would work?  Come to an open discussion of the benefits and hazards of planting landscape sized trees bareroot. See examples of bareroot trees that have been installed.
 
From Acer to Zelkova: ornamental plant research at the U.S. National Arboretum
(Joint session with Landscape Contractor)
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Dr. Richard Olsen, USDA - Agriculture Research Service
 
Woody ornamental research at the U.S. National Arboretum has continued unabated since its inception in 1927 and encompasses germplasm collection and characterization, ornamental plant breeding, taxonomy and pathology.  The living collections total more than 25,000 accessions and to date our plant introductions number over 650.  Dr. Richard Olsen is a research geneticist involved in both the ornamental breeding and germplasm programs.  Dr. Olsen will highlight the interaction between these programs, emphasizing current research efforts in a host of genera, spanning Acer to Zelkova.  New collections, new introductions, and new directions will be discussed.
 
Woody Plant Propagation Made Easy
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Vic Priapi, Priapi Gardens
 
In this presentation we’ll explore how to propagate a wide range of woody plants.  Learn how to easily propagate shrubs without heated beds.  Evergreen propagation can be easy if you follow a few basic principles.  Get “hands on” experience grafting, a vanishing skill.
 
Composting to Manage Green Wastes and Add Profit
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Ms. Eva Christensen, Water Stewardship, Inc.
Considering adding composting to your operations, or need to improve an existing program?  This session will include why composting is beneficial, how it's done correctly from start to finish, and how it's used for landscaping and agricultural purposes. Have your questions answered by a long-time composting professional, including both scientific and business aspects of compost operations.
 
Plenary Wrap-Up - Toot Your Horn: How to Get the Publicity You Deserve (and Need!)
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit
 

Landscape Contractor


Is it Time for Bareroot, Again?
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
(Joint session with Nursery Grower)
Mr. Joe Proskine, CPH, Ruppert Nurseries, Inc.
 
Until hydraulic equipment was technologically and economically affordable, many trees were moved bareroot. Even today most of our nursery liners are still moved that way. Is there another way that would work?  Come to an open discussion of the benefits and hazards of planting landscape sized trees bareroot. See examples of bareroot trees that have been installed.
 
From Acer to Zelkova: Ornamental Plant Research at the U.S. National Arboretum
(Joint session with Nursery Grower)
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Dr. Richard Olsen, USDA - Agriculture Research Service
 
Woody ornamental research at the U.S. National Arboretum has continued unabated since its inception in 1927 and encompasses germplasm collection and characterization, ornamental plant breeding, taxonomy and pathology.  The living collections total more than 25,000 accessions and to date our plant introductions number over 650.  Dr. Richard Olsen is a research geneticist involved in both the ornamental breeding and germplasm programs.  Dr. Olsen will highlight the interaction between these programs, emphasizing current research efforts in a host of genera, spanning Acer to Zelkova.  New collections, new introductions, and new directions will be discussed.
 
How to Boost Your Business with Conservation Landscaping Practices
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Ms. Leslie Hunter Cario, Chesapeake Horticultural Services, LLC  
 
As efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay broaden, the landscape industry is seeing increased opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure projects.  Learn how conservation landscaping practices can complement the services your business already provides.  We’ll discuss where these opportunities exist, what new initiatives are helping to pave the way, and how to make sure your business doesn’t get left behind.  The successful implementation of these green projects will not only improve the health of the bay, but also contribute to your company’s bottom line.
 
How "40 Plus" Years in Sales, Design and Install Experience Can Help you in Business
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Mr. Tim Rowan, Rowan Landscape & Pools
 
Tim Rowan, president of Rowan Landscape & Pools, will share his 40 years of experience in the field of landscape design and architecture to help you learn how to set yourself apart from your competition.  Tim will discuss how he’s built a successful business incorporating  
such fundamentals as basic relationship building to technological tools, like “virtual design” software and “job take-offs,”  to not only enhance your proposals and designs, but increase your bottom line.
 
Plenary Wrap-Up - Toot Your Horn: How to Get the Publicity You Deserve (and Need!)
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor Grower/Talks and Green Profit
 

Greenhouse Grower


Panel - Neonics - Yes or No?
(joint session with Retail)
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor GrowerTalks/Green Profit
Ms. Carrie Engel, Valley View Farms
Mr. Larry Hurley, Behnke Nurseries Co.
Mr. Brian Riddle, Homestead Gardens
Mr. Tom Wheeler, Bell Nursery, invited
 
Feeling uncertain where to weigh in on the neonics pro vs con debate?  Join facilitator Chris Beytes as a panel of industry experts shares their corporate views and how such views evolved.  Learn customer perspectives and how panelist firms manage their choice both internally (are there production and quality issues, for example) and externally (what is the industry supply chain and end-consumers’ response).  
 
The Low-Down on Downy Mildews
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Dr. Karen Rane, University of Maryland
 
Recent emergence of downy mildew diseases on coleus, impatiens, and basil has resulted in significant losses in greenhouse production.  Learn to recognize the symptoms and get the latest information on managing these troublesome problems.
 
New Options in Insect Control Strategies
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Mike Oleykowski, Syngenta Flowers Home & Garden
 
Integration of chemical strategies with biological strategies offer growers superior measures,  providing compatibility is understood and followed.   Newer selective insecticides help give growers better options with or without utilizing beneficial insects. Two new active ingredients representing two new chemical modes of action in insect pest control recently approved will be discussed.
 
Looking Forward - What Your Customers Will Soon be Clamoring For
(Joint session with Retail)
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Mr. Brett Karp, SHS Griffin
Mr. Paul Hartnett, Pleasant View Gardens
Mr. Pete Gilmore, Greenstreet Growers
 
Join our panel of horticulture professionals, Brett Karp, Pete Gilmore, and Paul Hartnett, as they reveal the new trends and varieties ready for market.  Don't leave money on the table; make sure your business is growing or providing what your customers will soon be wanting.
 
Plenary Wrap-Up - Toot Your Horn: How to Get the Publicity You Deserve (and Need!)
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit
 

Retail Grower and Garden Center


Panel - Neonics - Yes or No?
(joint session with Greenhouse Grower)
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit
Ms. Carrie Engel, Valley View Farms
Mr. Larry Hurley, Behnke Nurseries Co.
Mr. Brian Riddle, Homestead Gardens
Mr. Tom Wheeler, Bell Nursery, invited 
 
Feeling uncertain where to weigh in on the neonics pro vs con debate?  Join facilitator Chris Beytes as a panel of industry experts shares their corporate views and how such views evolved.  Learn customer perspectives and how panelist firms manage their choice both internally (are there production and quality issues, for example) and externally (what is the industry supply chain and end-consumers’ response).  
 
Edible Plants for the Garden Center
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Mr. Michael McConkey, Edible Landscaping Nursery
 
Not all varieties of fruiting plants have the same effort scale. To keep customers coming back to your garden center, your knowledge of the varieties you sell proves big. Michael McConkey, owner of Edible Landscaping Nursery in Afton, VA has tested and grown popular and little known fruiting varieties for decades. Alternate, no spray fruiting plants are "the thing" for homeowners. What works, what's hot, what's beautiful as well as functional may fill up your note pad at this presentation.
 
Driving Sales Through Social Media 
1:05 – 2:00
Ms. Claire Jones, Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC
 
The prevalence and importance of social media marketing can’t be overstated. In this fast paced session, landscape designer and blogger at The Garden Diaries, Claire Jones, will explain specific ways you can create content with websites, blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media, that not only will generate more traffic but will also provide an edge in a competitive marketplace.   Learn how to take your business to the next level, taking advantage of new trends, with powerful social media strategies and tactics.
 
Looking Forward - What Your Customers Will Soon be Clamoring For
(Joint session with Greenhouse Grower)
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Mr. Brett Karp, SHS Griffin
Mr. Paul Hartnett, Pleasant View Gardens
Mr. Pete Gilmore, Greenstreet Growers
 
Join our panel of horticulture professionals, Brett Karp, Pete Gilmore, and Paul Hartnett, as they reveal the new trends and varieties ready for market.  Don't leave money on the table; make sure your business is growing or providing what your customers will soon be wanting.
 
Plenary Wrap-Up - Toot Your Horn: How to Get the Publicity You Deserve (and Need!)
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit
 

Interiorscape


MDA is offering up to five credits in pesticide recertification for Category 3b (Ornamental – Interior).  Attendance at Geri Cashion, Ginny Rosenkranz, and the 4:10 pesticide recertification update presented by MDA are required to be awarded the five credits.
 
 
Something Old, Something New - What's "In" the Interiorscape Palette Now?
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Ms.  Lorrie Turner, Willow Run Greenhouse Corp.
 
Welcome Lorrie back to Chesapeake Green!  Looking to add a little variety to your interiorscape designs?  Join us in this session where Lorrie will review some tried and true varieties that you should consider keeping in your mix, along with new varieties to add fresh interest and dimensions to your displays.  Lorrie will also cover the name game, revealing the multiple names given to the same plants.
 
Beneficials Can Make Your Pest Control Work!
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Ms. Geri Cashion, EcoSolutions, Inc.
 
Chessie Green also welcomes back Geri Cashion and her ladybugs!  Geri will discuss the benefits in the interiorscape environment of utilizing beneficials.  She'll cover diagnosis of interiorscape insect and mite issues and the different types of beneficials that can help keep these issues at bay.
 
Interiorscape Design
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Tait Saderholm, Jan Ferguson Inc. Interior Plantscaping 

Need some inspiration for new and interesting design ideas, or just looking to rework a current, basic plan?  Join us in this session for reinforcement of some basic, fundamental design concepts, as well as innovative and engaging, forward-thinking design elements and ideas.
 
A Clean Plant Makes More Money
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Ms. Ginny Rosenkranz, University of Maryland Extension
 
Spotting plant diseases before they rob you of your income is not only a smart thing to do, but essential for staying in business!  Join us in this session as Ginny addresses identification of specific diseases and subsequent management of.
 
Plenary Wrap-Up - Toot Your Horn: How to Get the Publicity You Deserve (and Need!)
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit
 
Pesticide Recertification
4:10 – 4:30
Speaker TBD, Maryland Department of Agriculture
 
Representatives from MDA will present the past season’s data and upcoming laws that may affect pesticide applicators.  Record-keeping and training will be addressed.  
 
MDA is offering up to five credits in pesticide recertification for Category 3b (Ornamental – Interior).  Attendance at Geri Cashion, Ginny Rosenkranz, and the 4:10 pesticide recertification update presented by MDA are required to be awarded the five credits.
 

Management


Clean WateR3?
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Dr. Sarah White, Clemson University
 
Learn how a new Specialty Crops Research Initiative project that will help you make decisions about Reducing runoff volumes, Remediating contaminants, and Recycling water.  The national team of researchers will develop and release science-based information on nutrient, pathogen, and pesticide fate in recycled water both before and after treatment, average cost and return-on investment of technologies examined, and develop an “if-then” web-based model scenario to help with site-specific recommendations for water management.
 
The Economic Impact of Better Irrigation Decisions
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland
 
Learn how better irrigation decisions can be made with sensor networks and how those decisions can impact your bottom line.  Three case studies from a pot-in-pot nursery, container-nursery and a cut-flower operation will highlight how better irrigation management translates into faster growth, improved yield and reduced crop losses to disease.
 
Investigating Alternative Pathogen Management Through Sensor-Driven Irrigation – Part II
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland Extension
 
This talk will summarize an ongoing two-year study at Moon Nurseries in Chesapeake City, MD. The research is focused on how managing irrigation may affect pathogen outbreaks in container nursery operations, especially if irrigation water is being recycled for re-use.  Often times, fungicides are being used as a preventative even when recycled water is being treated.  This type of pathogen management is expensive and can be environmentally unsound. Can we irrigate based on plant needs, increase efficiency with irrigation, and possibly reduce the need for preventative fungicides?  Can Wireless Moisture Sensor Systems, promoted for being an effective nutrient management tool, also be an implement for pathogen management also?
 
Being Prepared for the DOT
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Mr. Ron Ashby, Ashby Transportation Consultants LLC
 
Many landscapers and lawn service companies don't think of themselves as trucking companies.  Yet they operate trucks and combination vehicles that bring them under the jurisdiction of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and their state partners.  The regulators do consider you as a 'motor carrier' if you operate any motor vehicles or combinations in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.  This session discusses what you need to know and what you need to do to be ready for a DOT compliance review.  Knowledge and preparation can be the difference between a satisfactory rating or, in the worst- case situation, a shutdown of all trucks.  The bottom line - Be Prepared!
 
Plenary Wrap-Up - Toot Your Horn: How to Get the Publicity You Deserve (and Need!)
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit
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Day 2 - February 20, 2015
7:30 - 8:05 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:05 - 8:15 a.m. Morning Announcements
 
Commercial Applicators
All Commercial Applicators must attend the 3:00 MDA pesticide recert update to receive pesticide recertification credits.
 
Protecting Pollinators:  What do we Need to Know?
8:15 - 9:10 a.m.
Dr. Paula Shrewsbury, University of Maryland
 
Pollination is done by a diverse group of insects.  In the last several years there has been increasing concern over declines in honey bee and solitary bee populations and health.  This session will provide an update of current research on the effects of pesticides and other factors on pollinator health.  In addition, we will discuss how to reduce detrimental impacts of plant management practices on pollinators and measures to aid in their conservation.
 
Spray Equipment Cleanup: How to Prevent Chemical Carryover and Potential Problems
9:10 - 10: 05 a.m.
Mr. Chuck Schuster, University of Maryland Extension
 
Cleaning out a sprayer is an extremely important job, whether it is headed to the shop for repair, or if you use it for one to many jobs. Boom sprayers can often be used for herbicides and fungicide/insecticide combos, so making sure we get out the entire residue between jobs is very important. Join us in the session as Chuck explains best practices for optimal and efficient cleaning of your spray equipment.
 
Are You Covered? - Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
10:25 - 11:20a.m.
Mr. Ed Crow, Penn State Extension
 
The importance of using personal protective equipment (PPE) when using pesticides will be covered. The PPE needed to meet the minimum regulatory requirements will be addressed. In addition, the selection and how to properly wear and maintain PPE will also be discussed.
 
Pesticide Core Trivia Quiz
11:20 - 12:10 p.m.
Mr. Michael Oleykowski, Syngenta Flowers Home & Garden
 
Fun and Games!...usually not synonymous with pesticide application and safety.  However, at Chessie Green we mix the two!  This trivia game review of basic core principles keeps the audience awake by forcing participation and challenges them to test their knowledge of basic core principles.   The quiz is offered, the participants record their answers and then the review drives home the message.  Concepts such as acute and chronic toxicity, routes of exposure, mixing and clean up and calibration are covered. Prizes are awarded for highest quiz scores.
 
Weeds and Weed Control
Identification, Life Cycle, and Cultural Controls
8:15 - 9:10 a.m.
Dr. Jeffrey Derr, Virginia Tech

Presenting in back-to-back weed management sessions, Dr. Jeffrey Derr will in his first hour, identify major weed species infesting nursery crops and landscape beds, discussing life cycle of these weeds, and subsequent control methods.

Use of Preemergence and Postemergence Herbicides
9:10 - 10:05 a.m.
Dr. Jeffrey Derr, Virginia Tech

In his second hour, Dr. Derr will discuss proper and effective use of preemergent and postemergent herbicides for management of troublesome weeds in nursery production and landscape maintenance.
 
 
Recertification Updates
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Presenter TBD, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Presenter TBD, District Department of the Environment 
 
Representatives from MDA and the Washington D.C. Department of the Environment will present the past season’s data and upcoming laws that may affect pesticide applicators.  Record-keeping and training will be addressed.  Attendance at this session is required for pesticide recertification credits.
 
Turf Nutrient Management
Nutrient Management in Turf, Can I 'Go Green' and Use Compost?
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Mr. Chuck Schuster, University of Maryland Extension
Ms. Ginny Rosenkranz, University of Maryland Extension
 
Chuck and Ginny will present a review of the proper use of compost on turfgrass sites. Compost is an excellent source of organic matter, and slow release nutrients. Learn how to determine how the appropriate quality of compost to use on a turfgrass site.
 
Compliance Review – What to Expect
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Ms. Jo Mercer, Maryland Department of Agriculture
 
The Fertilizer Use Act of 2011 has a number of new requirements for record keeping and reporting. This presentation will provide an overview of the regulatory process for those responsible for turf fertilizer application. Learn how to be prepared when the MDA NM specialists come to conduct an inspection. 
 
Nutrient Management - Nursery and Landscape
Healthy Soils
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Dr. Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland Extension
 
You know all about soil chemical and physical properties. But what about soil biology? Soil biology is the crux of soil health. The living soil is more than bugs and roots. Learn about the biological systems in the soil, how they affect nutrient availability and how you can improve soil health to make your plants happy.
 
Organic Fertilizer Sources: The Pros, Cons and Precautions to Take When Using Them in Your Fertility Program
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Dr. Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland Extension
 
Organic is a buzz word that seems attractive enough to become certified in.  Learn about the pros and cons of organic certification and the use of organic fertilizers in greenhouse, container and in-ground systems.
 
Landscape Contractor and Nursery Grower
Sharpen Your Diagnostic Skills for Recognizing Common and Invasive Pests and Diseases of Landscape Plants
1:00- 2:55 p.m.
Dr. David Clement, University of Maryland Extension
Dr. Karen Rane, University of Maryland
Ms. Mary Kay Malinoski, University of Maryland Extension
 
In this hands-on workshop David Clement, Mary Kay Malinoski, and Karen Rane of the of the University of Maryland Extension Green Industries IPM team will enhance your diagnostic skills with samples, short Power Point presentations, and demonstrate how to recognize and report invasive pests and diseases with their new smart phone reporting apps.

IPM in a Production Nursery: Mixing Great Theories with Hard Realities
1:00 - 1:55 p.m. 
Mr. Steve Black, Raemelton Farm
Ms. Marie Rojas, Borders & Butterflies
Ms. Melissa Harmel, Raemelton Farm

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is easy to describe in a classroom but implementation is a different story.  This session will explain Raemelton Farm’s efforts at IPM.  The speakers will cover the difficulties of moving academic theories into the hard reality of a production nursery. Raemelton’s strategies for dealing with a number of common Mid Atlantic pests will also be covered.  Finally the session will examine the economic factors behind a production nursery IPM program.

Native or Non-Native Species: What is Right for You?
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Mr. Joe Barley, Clear Ridge Nursery

After 38 years as a forester, arborist, grower, and owner of Clear Ridge Nursery, Joe Barley wants to share his insights on how to be successful with native and non- native species. This will be an organized and wide ranging discussion.
 
Greenhouse Grower
An Explosion of Biopesticide Choices:  Controlling Old Pests With New Materials
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Mr. Steve Bogash, Penn State Cooperative Extension
 
Biopesticide choices are expanding rapidly, but knowing what to use when can be daunting. We’ll discuss what is known now and where this industry to going. Growers should plan to share their experiences.
 
The Role of Sanitation in Greenhouse Disease Control
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Mr. Chuck Schuster, University of Maryland Extension
 
Disease in the greenhouse environment is of considerable concern to growers and a direct threat to a company’s plant production and bottom line.  In this session, Chuck will review best management practices in sanitation within the greenhouse to minimize the threats posed by disease.