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Members of the USDA-ARS Greenhouse Production Research Group joined local growers for the northwest Ohio Extension Reloaded program, coordinated by the Ohio State University (OSU) Extension team. This annual event brings research and Extension personnel into the production realm of greenhouse growers to tour facilities, identify production successes and problem areas, and offer suggestions for pest management, disease control, and production efficiency. The day consisted of a series of tours, followed by an evening program of presentations by OSU Extension personnel, along with Dr. Jim Locke from USDA-ARS.
This year, tours were conducted to both retail and wholesale operations, with visits to Black Diamond Nursery and Garden Center (Toledo), Creque's Greenhouse (Sylvania), Schmidlin Produce (Swanton), Beroske Farms & Greenhouse (Delta), and Schmidlin Greenhouse (Delta). Attendees had an opportunity to observe production practices unique to each facility and document items for discussion during the evening program. Evening lectures covered topics of pest management, disease control, post-production practices, and plant nutrition. Dr. Jim Locke focused his presentation around practical advice for disease prevention and control in the production facility, attesting to the diligence of the growers by the absence of plant diseases found in the facilities on the tour.