2017 Turf & Landscape Conference Program  
(will be updated January 10th with slight changes-  if necessary)





Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 --- Turf & Ornamentals                                             CEU Categories



7:30 – 8:15    Registration & Visit Trade Show Exhibitors                                  DEEP – PA, 3A, 3B, 3D                                                                  


8:15 – 8:30    Welcome


8:30 – 9:00    Diane Jorsey, CT DEEP                                                                    DEEP - PA, 3A, 3B, 3D


                     “Updates on regulations that affect the “Green Industry” in Connecticut 


9:00 – 10:00   Steven Rackliffe, University of Connecticut                                        DEEP - PA, 3A, 3B


                       “Managing Turf Under Drought Stress”


                        Agronomic practices that can increase drought tolerance through careful

                         turfgrass selection and cultural practices that include, but are not limited

                         to fertility management, irrigation and aeration that will promote healthy roots. 


10:00 – 10:30   Break and Trade Show                                                               DEEP – PA, 3A, 3B, 3D


10:30 – 10:45   CTEC Update – Michael Dugan                                                    DEEP - PA, 3A, 3B, 3D


What to expect during this year’s “Long Session” at the State Capitol and why it is so important 

for your business to become part of the legislative process. 


10:45 – 11:00   UCONN Scholarships & CAHNR Updates                      


11:00 – 12:00   Randy Prostak, UMass Extension                                                      DEEP – PA, 3A, 3B


                        “Using Best Management Practices to Eliminate Turf Weed Callbacks”


             This presentation will examine reasons why turf weed control strategies

             sometimes do not live up to your expectations.  Strategies and techniques

             that will increase the overall performance of your weed management programs

             and that will also reduce callbacks will be discussed. 


12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Visit Trade Show







1:00              AFTERNOON REMINDERS


1:00 – 1:30   David Crow, RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)


                                                                                                                         DEEP – PA, 3A, 3B, 3D


                     “Impact of the 2016 National Elections on the “Green Industry” 


         David will discuss what the installation of a new President and new committee

         assignments in the U.S. Congress might mean for the Green Industry.  What will be

         the effect on the EPA as well as existing and proposed regulations?


1:30 – 2:30    Richard Buckley, Director of Rutgers University’s Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic

                       Services (STPDS).                                                                                  

 DEEP - PA, 3A, 3B, 3D


                     “Boxwood: Now You See Them, Soon You Won't”


          Since colonial times, boxwood has been America’s sweetheart in the landscape.

          Despite their versatility and success in the landscape, boxwood has its fair share of

          issues. This presentation covers the sweetheart of the landscapes dark side!

          Common abiotic stresses, insects, mites, and disease agents will be covered,

          including a new disease, boxwood blight, that may change the face of all formal

          gardens in America.


2:30 – 3:30    Dr. Charles Schmid, Rutgers University                             DEEP - PA, 3A, 3B, 3D


                     “Soil pH, Correcting Acid Soils and Comparing Liming Products”


                      Soil pH can influence the performance of turfgrasses and landscape plants.  This

                       presentation will examine the importance of soil pH, as well as techniques for

                       measuring soil pH.  In addition, this presentation will cover correction of acid soil

                       conditions, including the lime requirement, comparison of liming materials, and

                       timing and frequency of applications.                  


3:30 – 4:30    Dr. Richard Cowles,  CT Agricultural Experiment Station            DEEP - PA, 3A, 3B, 3D        


                     “Neonicotinoid Review and What The Rockettes Have To Do With My  Business” 


                       Variations in temperatures and rainfall make pest management more difficult.

                       Consider the challenge over the past two years in applying white grub products in a

                       manner in which the applicator can guarantee that the insecticide will be properly

                       incorporated into the soil.   Applicators must learn to “expect the unexpected”.


4:30 - 4:45    Recertification Credits Distributed and Visit Trade Show           DEEP – PA, 3A, 3B, 3D


4:45 PM        Trade Show Closes                                                                               



Committee Notes:


Confirmed Speakers:


Vickie Wallace (UConn) – Moderator


Diane Jorsey (DEEP) --- Updates from DEEP

Steve Rackliffe --- Managing turf under drought stress

Mike Dugan (CTEC) --- What’s new at the Capitol?

Randy Prostak (UMass) --- Best management practices for weed control

David Crow (RISE) --- Impact of the 2016 National elections on the “Green Industry”

Rich Buckley (Rutgers) --- Boxwood:  Now you see them, soon you won’t.

Charles Schmid --- Soil testing and the importance of managing soil pH.

Rich Cowles (CAES) --- Neonicotinoid Review and the importance of applicator awareness


Goal --- Six (6) or more credits


                         DEEP ----------- 0.25

                          CTEC ----------- 0.50

                        RISE -------------0.50

                        Trade Show----0.50

                         Speakers ---- -- 5.00


                                Total ----- 6.75 --- PA, 3A, 3B*


DEEP also will give 3D credits for:


                        CTEC -------------------------- 0.50

                        DEEP -------------------------- 0.25

                        RISE --------------------------- 0.50

                        Neonic Review------------   1.00

                        Boxwoods ------------------- 1.00

                        Soil testing and pH ------- 1.00  

                        Trade Show ----------------- 0.50


                                               Total ------  4.75 --- 3D*


*Attendees will receive a total of 6.75 credits for today’s program.  It is up to those needing

  arborist (3D) credits as well as PA, 3A or 3B credits to allocate credits as they wish not to

  exceed 6.75 total credits.  There will be no “doubling-up” of credits.