November 18, 12:00-1:00 (EST)

Staying alive: strategies to improve shelf life of spring crops

Dr. Neil Mattson shares his tips for spring production based on his research in ornamental plant production. Dr. Mattson is a familiar face to many in the floriculture sector. Check out the details below, and don’t forget to register.

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM EST

Where: Zoom

The speaker
Dr. Neil Mattson is a Professor and greenhouse extension specialist in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. Neil joined Cornell in 2007 after completing his Ph.D. from the University of California Davis and Master’s from the University of Minnesota. Neil is the Director of Cornell’s Controlled Environment Agriculture group and his research is focused on optimizing crop performance and resource use efficiency of greenhouse flower and vegetable crops. Particular research interests include LED lighting and environmental control to reduce energy use, and fertilization strategies to improve crop performance.

The topic
Spring is a busy time for growers, especially those with bedding plant production. Optimized production practices are important for maintaining healthy crops during this busy season when greenhouse space is at a premium. Dr. Mattson will talk about how environmental controls, fertilization choices, substrates, and biostimulant products can all play a role in the final quality of your crop. Using production practices to achieve optimal crop quality in the greenhouse can improve shelf-life in the retail environment, allowing for better sell-through. Maintaining plant quality is important, both for maintaining relationships with customers and your bottom line.

Want more info or having trouble registering? Email Dr. Sarah Jandricic at

For more information:
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) 

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