Pesticide Recertification Program this Thursday!

Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training

In response to requests from fellow growers, OSU Extension and MVGA will be hosting a private applicator pesticide recertification program next Thursday, February 14 from 10:30 to 1:30 at the Toledo Botanical Garden Crosby Conference Center.  This program allows any private applicator to receive all the necessary recertification credits to maintain their license.  A light lunch will be provided by MVGA.  Please make checks payable to OSU Extension.


Private   Applicator Pesticide Recertification Program

February 14, 2013   (following MVGA Board meeting)

Toledo Botanical Garden

Cost: $30 per applicator




Core (DVD) – Safety Refresher,   New Recordkeeping Laws



Greenhouse (Category 5) –   Insect Update



Greenhouse (Category 5) + light lunch – PGRs on Perennials



Grain/Cereal (Category 1)   Insect/Weeds Update

Nursery (Category 4)

Insect/Weeds Update


Fumigation (Category 6 -DVD) –   Phosphine Damage

Veg and Fruit (Category 3) –

Insect Update










2013 Maumee Valley Growers Winter Conference

Next Thursday, January 10 is the annual Winter Greenhouse Conference hosted by the Maumee Valley Growers Association. Last November, MVGA combined with the Toledo Area Flower and Vegetable Growers Association to provide business, marketing, social and educational opportunities to greenhouse businesses in Ohio. 

2013 Maumee Valley Growers Association Winter Conference

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Brodbeck Greenhouse, 702 Wenz Road, Toledo

9 am to 3 pm

 Cost: $10 MVGA members and sponsors/$25 non-members (Please preregister for the event here).



9:00       Registration and coffee

9:30       Tour of Brodbeck Greenhouse (Matt and Bruce Brodbeck)

10:00     Impatiens Downey Mildew Roundtable Discussion (led by Joe Perlaky)

11:00     Flowers, trends, new and improved products (Tom Parry)

12:00     Lunch provided by Syngenta (Matt Connell)

1:00       Vegetable marketing agreement (Bob Jones)

1:30       BioSafe Systems (Tara Webb)

2:30       Adjourn



Impatiens Downy Mildew is in Ohio – Will it Affect Vegetables?

By Sally Miller, Fulya Baysal-Gurel and Nancy Taylor, OSU Department of Plant Pathology


Impatiens downy mildew has been found in greenhouses in Delaware, Wayne and Holmes counties in the last two weeks.  It is a very serious disease that is causing severe losses in affected greenhouses and requires intensive scouting, removal of diseased plants and an aggressive fungicide program to keep it under control.  This “strain” of downy mildew is specific to impatiens and will NOT cause downy mildew in vegetables.   The downy mildew strain that infects cucumbers and other vine crops usually comes into Ohio about the end of June.  For more information on impatiens downy mildew, see the following excellent resource: (American Floral Endowment).


The Ohio Plant Diagnostic Network is working to determine how widespread impatiens downy mildew is in Ohio.  Please send suspect impatiens samples for confirmation to the C. Wayne Ellett Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic, 8995 E. Main St., Bldg. 23, Reynoldsburg, OH  43068.  Northeast Ohio producers may send or drop off samples to the attention of Dr. Sally Miller, Dept. Plant Pathology, OARDC, Wooster, OH  44691.



Note fuzzy white growth on undersurface of leaves.

TAFVGA Annual Meeting – November 17th

The Toledo Area Flower and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17th at the Holiday Inn, French Quarter in Perrysburg.  Cocktails begin at 6:30 with dinner served at 7:00 pm.  Come join us for an entertaining and informative evening!  Register this week by compelting this form:  2011 TAFVGA Annual meeting flyer

Community Supported Agriculture Workshops Focused on Increasing Producer Profits

Since their introduction to the U.S. in 1984, numbers of community supported agriculture enterprises (CSAs) have grown to well over 160 operations in Ohio in 2011. Such enterprises connect well with consumers’ increasing interest in where food comes from, how it is grown, and how it is handled.  While still a relatively new model for value-added agricultural marketing, a CSA is an attractive marketing channel that enhances producer profits by providing working capital prior to the growing season, enabling farm diversification, and building relationships between communities and producers. Originally, CSAs’ member shareholders helped grow and harvest “their farm´s” crops. Today, CSAs have evolved to operate on a subscription basis, providing a given amount of product during an established growing season for a set fee. Subscribers or shareholders invest in the product and the risk associated with growing product over the course of the established season. More recently, innovative producers are developing CSAs in partnership with other producers, industry groups and organizations. This approach is a great attraction to existing producers looking to decrease risk, and to new producers looking for ways to lessen the costs and risks of start-up

As more producers evaluate nontraditional methods of consumer marketing such as through a CSA, access to information on developing and sustaining a CSA operation is crucial. OSU  Extension is assisting producers in evaluating, developing and sustaining CSA enterprises in Ohio by offering hands-on educational workshops, structured planning exercises, and supporting materials.  These workshops specifically addresses differences in markets, CSA models and how they can be effectively adapted and utilized, as well as what communication skills, consumer and producer agreements, and marketing strategies are necessary for success. Producers will gain valuable information from recent consumer research surveys, workshop materials, one-on-one consultations, online resources, fact sheets, and documented experiences of existing CSAs.

These workshops will be offered this fall.  Click here for registration details: 2011 CSA workshop flyer.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011                                     

6:00 to 9:00 pm

Miami County Extension Office

201 W. Main (in the Courthouse)

Troy, OH  45373

Thursday, December 1, 2011

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Ohio State University 4-H Center

2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Gehres Room

Columbus, OH  43210

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

6:00 to 9:00 pm

OSU Extension ABE Center

639 S. Dunbridge Rd., Suite 4

Bowling Green, OH 43402

Thursday, December 8, 2011

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lorain County Extension Office

42110 Russia Road

Elyria, OH 44035

Temperatures and Thrips Poulations Rise

It never seems to fail – hot weather and thrips go hand in hand.  If thrips seem to be an issue this summer in your greenhouse, here are a few tips from Dr. Ray Cloyd of Kansas State University.

  • Growers should continue to scout crops throughout the summer and identify hot spots where thrips thrive
  • The most effective products for thrips control are Conserve, Pylon, Avid, and Overture.
  • Make sure you rotate chemicals with different modes of action to prevent resistance