A one-day course providing the latest and cutting-edge information about greenhouse crop production.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Early registration (prior to midnight, September 29) – $60
Late registration (prior to midnight, October 27) – $75
Pre-registration is required to attend.

Reiman Gardens - Garden Room
1215 University Blvd, Ames, Iowa 50011

Objective and highlights

This year’s Short Course will provide opportunities to learn about:

  • Beneficial insects and implementing a biocontrol program
  • Plant size, vernalization and photoperiod for flowering perennials
  • Greenhouse irrigation water quality
  • Energy-efficient bedding plant production
  • Water sanitation and filtration
  • Controlling containerized herb growth
  • Pesticide application regulation updates


Target audience

This event is for any and all greenhouse growers, including the commercial, research, and public sectors.


Pesticide Applicator Recertification

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has approved the ISU Greenhouse Short Course as a continuing instruction course for commercial pesticide applicator categories 3O, 3G, and 10 for calendar year 2017

Applicators must attend the entire program to receive a certificate of attendance at the conclusion of the course.

An additional fee of $35 is charged for those seeking recertification. Please select this option during online registration if you are seeking recertification.

Curriculum and schedule

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Time Topic
8:00 am Registration check-in
8:30 Introductions, pre-survey
8:45 Understanding plant size, vernalization and photoperiod to produce flowering perennials – Erik Runkle, professor, Horticulture, Michigan State University
9:30 Biocontrols 101: Beneficial insects for pest control – Suzanne Wainright-Evans, Buglady Consulting
10:15 Break
10:30 Pesticide storage and safe handling, personal protective equipment, and laws and regulations – Mark Shour, Iowa State University
11:15 Water quality for irrigation of greenhouse crops – Rosa Raudales, assistant professor, Horticulture and greenhouse extension specialist, University of Connecticut
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
12:45 Managing greenhouse temperature for energy-efficient bedding plant production – Erik Runkle, professor, Horticulture, Michigan State University
1:30 Water sanitation and filtration: Technical attributes and costs – Rosa Raudales, assistant professor, Horticulture and greenhouse extension specialist, University of Connecticut
2:15 Break
2:30 Biocontrols 201: Implementing a biocontrol program in your greenhouse – Suzanne Wainright-Evans, Buglady Consulting
3:15 Managing nutrition and irrigation to control containerized herb growth – Chris Currey, assistant professor, Horticulture, Iowa State University
3:45 Closing comments, post-program survey
4:00 Course adjourns

Course sponsors


Course location

The course will be held at Reiman Gardens, 1215 University Blvd, Ames, Iowa. Class will be held in the Garden Room.




Register online

Registrations are not accepted by phone. Please use the link above to register using a credit card.

Early registration (prior to midnight, Sept 29) - $60
Late registration (prior to midnight, Oct 27) - $75
Options: applicator recertification - $35 additional

Registration fee includes lunch and breaks listed on the program and course materials.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Registration check-in 8:00 am, November 3, 2017.
Program begins at 8:30 am and concludes at 4:00 pm.

Reiman Gardens - Garden Room, 1215 University Blvd, Ames, Iowa 50011. Parking is available in designated areas adjacent to the gardens entrance.

Pre-registration is required to attend this course. Registrations must be completed online prior to midnight, October 27.

Class size is limited to 120 and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis. Registration will be closed if the course reaches capacity.

Cancellation and refunds:
Registration is final. There will be no refunds of registration fees for this course. Substitutions will be allowed.

Registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

Program contact

Chris Currey
assistant professor, Horticulture
(515) 294-1917