Spring Exchange Visit with Wade Smith
On March 11, Wade Smith, a local grower and Greenhouse Management instructor at Owens Community College (OCC), toured the Greenhouse Production Research Group (GPRG) laboratory and greenhouse with his class. The Greenhouse Management class aims to provide students with an understanding of business management, greenhouse systems, and all facets of crop production. In addition, the class utilizes the GPRG decision support software Virtual Grower as a management tool for class assignments. Dr. Locke, Dr. Boldt, and other members of the GPRG team informed the students of how the GPRG was started and the role we serve with local growers, demonstrated different equipment used in the laboratory, introduced them to the process of digesting plant samples and using Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) spectrometry for elemental analysis, and described past and present research studies.