Webinars

Spring Quick-Bite Webinar Series (YouTube Playlist)

These webinars are designed to be no longer than 30 minutes and give you a quick insight look at some of the progress, issues, and problems that we are facing today in the green industry.

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“Intro to green roof–II”(Recorded webinar). Wed, May 24, 2017 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Dr. Whitney Griffin, Texas A&M University. Green roof plants and maintenance: What are the general characteristics green roof plants need, and why? What are the various green roof plant establishment methods, and what are the various approaches to green roof maintenance? From fertilizer and regular soil testing to whether or not you should irrigate to encourage establishment, everything plant and maintenance related is here! Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2541587478509773315.

“Intro to green roof–I” (Recorded webinar). Wed, May 17, 2017 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Dr. Whitney Griffin, Texas A&M University. Green roof design considerations and installation methods: Green roof design modifications to maximize various benefits. A review of modular and built-in-place installation methods, and the pros and cons of each. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7156874397518140931

“Intro to green walls” (Recorded webinar). Wed, May 10, 2017 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Dr. Whitney Griffin, Texas A&M University. Living Walls: An overview of design, materials, installation, and maintenance considerations for vertical landscapes. A general introduction to a few popular off-the-shelf living walls systems for interior and exterior applications, and pros and cons of each. Also a brief overview of current trends in LED lighting for interiorscape applications. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6117168505711635715.

How to Employ Legal Temporary Labor: Navigating the H-2B, Temporary Non-agricultural Program” (Recorded webinar; TNLA H-2B Presentation April 2017). Wed, April 19, 2017 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Arnulfo Hinojosa, Vice President for the Federation of Employers and Workers of America. Having a hard time finding temporary help? For many companies, legally hiring H-2B foreign workers is the answer. The H-2B temporary non-agricultural program permits employers to hire nonimmigrant workers to temporarily come to the U.S. and perform non-agricultural services or labor based on the employer’s temporary need. The employer must establish that its need for non-agricultural services or labor is temporary in nature, regardless of whether the underlying job is permanent or temporary.  Whether you’re a veteran, or a newcomer to the H-2B program, the process is ever changing, and can make it difficult or overwhelming to keep up with. Don’t let that prevent you from getting the reliable workforce you so desperately need. This seminar focuses on the current H2B environment including: how to manage your company’s H2B efforts; what’s happening in D.C., how to ensure your company is compliant with federal regulations and how the program can become part of the solution to your labor demands.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5054411353870045443.

“How to Employ Legal Temporary Labor: Participation in the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Program” (Recorded webinar; TNLA H-2A Presentation April 2017). Wed, April 12, 2017 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Arnulfo Hinojosa, Vice President for the Federation of Employers and Workers of America. Having a hard time finding temporary help? For many companies, legally hiring H-2A foreign workers is the answer. The H-2A program allows a U.S. employer to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis to perform agricultural work when there are not sufficient U.S. workers available. A U.S. employer who has full-time work that needs to be performed on a temporary or seasonal basis may apply for an H-2A temporary labor certification.  This seminar focuses on the current H2A environment including: how to manage your company’s H2A efforts; what’s happening in D.C., how to ensure your company is compliant with federal regulations and how the program can become part of the solution to your labor demands.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3941250388746716419

“I have a drone, now what?” (Recorded webinar). Wed, March 15, 2017 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Speaker:  Dr. James Robbins (University of Arkansas-Cooperative Extension Service) has been involved with ‘drones’ since 2010. He has held a ‘Certificate of Authorization’ and more recently ‘Remote Pilot Certification’.  His sUAS research is focused on plant count and monitoring for plant stress. The release of the permanent flight regulations (‘Part 107’) for commercial users of small unmanned aircraft comes a great deal of uncertainly about the process to fly legally.  This webinar will walk participants through ‘aircraft registration’ and ‘Remote Pilot Certification’.  An emphasis will be placed on resources to help participants prepare for, and take, the exam. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4922878975714601729 . Univ. of AR Remote Pilot Certification Fact Sheet & A study guide (not an endorsement).

 

“Chilli thrips, an emerging pest of roses in Texas” (Recorded Webinar). Wed, March 8, 2017 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Dr. Steve Arthurs, Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Since it was first detected in Texas in 2005, chilli thrips has spread  to several counties and continues to impact roses and other plants in the landscape. The pest is hard to spot, and symptoms may be mistaken for leaf rust, rose rosette disease or other causes. Join the webinar to learn how to detect this pest and help manage it as it continues to spreads throughout the state. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2549529250998660611.

“Emerging thrips vectored diseases” (Recorded Webinar). Wed, Feb 15, 2017 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Dr. Steve Arthurs, Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Tospoviruses cause disease in the production of begonia, chrysanthemum, cyclamen, impatiens, and many other greenhouse and nursery crops. They also infect tomato and other vegetable crops. These pathogens are spread by thrips, tiny insect vectors that can spread on the wind. Dr Arthurs discusses issues related to these important plant diseases including how the global trade in plants as well as new invasive insects (vectors) will increase the threat from tospoviruses in Texas. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7686048453245188865.

“What’s the BUZZ about drones?” (Recorded WebinarWed, Oct 12, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT. We have done a webinar on using UAV (aka. UAS) in nursery inventory management (Recording). The release of the permanent FAA rules for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on August 29 opens the door for many useful applications in Horticulture. This webinar will focus on the 1) types of platforms, 2) types of sensors and data processing, 3) potential applications, 4) liability, and 5) flight regulations. Want to listen to Dr. Robbins again? Register here https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5833399944826972162.

A virtual tour of 2016 California Spring Trial-Northern Trials (Recorded Webinar). Wed, Aug. 31, 2016 11:00  AM – noon CDT. Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/262472493497711876.

Landscape plant growth control using PGRs (Recorded Webinar)

Thus, Aug. 4, 2016 11:00  AM – noon CDT.  Dr. Yan Chen, LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station

Dr. Chen has many years of research using landscape PGRs. Many shrubs and groundcovers used in the southern landscape require routine pruning or shearing to keep their shape neat and compact. Pruning is a significant expenditure of time and a major labor cost for the landscape service industry. Reducing pruning needs has been the key motivator for the development and use of plant growth regulators (PGRs) in the landscape.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8934700032324977156.

A virtual tour of 2016 California Spring Trial-Central (Recorded Webinar)

Wed, July 27, 2016 11:00  AM – noon CDT. Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

I just had wonderful tour of the 2016 California Spring Trials and would like to share with you some of the newest and greatest. “Spring Trials represents the genesis of Floriculture and the Horticulture industries. It is an annual event where the world’s prominent breeders, growers, educators, brokers, marketing professionals and other plant enthusiasts review new annual, perennial, ornamental, grass and vegetable introductions. Typically held in March or April, the event takes place throughout California at several breeder/grower locations. From Spring Trials, new varieties are tested and trialed throughout the world in trial and display gardens to determine performance characteristics and market suitability (http://www.springtrials.org/).”  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8633449239477275140.

Other crapemyrtle problems and control strategies (Recorded Webinar)

Wed, July 20, 2016 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Dr. Gary Knox, University of Florida

Crapemyrtle is remarkably problem-free, especially if using resistant selections that are properly sited. Nonetheless, a couple new problems have emerged and a few older issues continue to plague crapemyrtle. Dr. Gary Knox will discuss the major, minor and rare pests, diseases and disorders that affect crapemyrtle (other than crapemyrtle bark scale), along with possible management strategies.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7290358402753953793.

Landscape salinity management (Recorded webinar)

Wed, July 13, 2016 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Dr. Genhua Niu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research El Paso

Landscape salinity issue may be more common than we think.  Dr. Niu will elaborate on what causes landscape salinity issues, how to deal with it and proper plant selection. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6330439671730368770.

Crapemyrtle cultivars and their landscape use (Recorded webinar)

Wed, July 6, 2016 11:00  AM – noon AM CDT. Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station

You’ve heard Dr. Allen Owings before (scroll down to find his previous two webinars). In this webinar, he will focus on just crapemyrtles, the  No. 1 flowering tree in the U.S., and is currently evaluating all the newest cultivars at LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4201753274518926338.

Ground-level Ozone in Texas: Initiative, Status, and Policy Updates (Recorded webinar)

Thur. Oct. 1, 2015 11:00 AM – Noon CDT

jlozaHeadshotJody Purvis Loza

North Central Texas Council of Governments

During the presentation you will learn the basics of ground-level ozone, including the current status of air quality in the major metropolitan areas of Texas.  Information will also be provided on the various air quality initiatives in Texas to help reduce ground-level ozone. Finally, the presentation will conclude with an overview of the new eight-hour ozone standard to be finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in October 2015.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3795164863537250818

Rainwater Harvest for Commercial Landscapes (Recorded webinar)

Wed, Sept. 30, 2015 11:00 AM – Noon CDT

Dr. Dotty Woodson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

For every square foot of imperious surface, you can collect 0.623 gallons of water during a one inch rainfall. So a 2,000 square foot home can collect 1246 gallons from inch of rain. A 10,000 square foot office building or parking lot can collect 6,230 gallons from inch of rain. Collected rainwater is good for irrigation, pool, pond or lagoon top off, vehicle washing, or other non-potable water uses.Water use greatly increases during the irrigation season. Water utilities must have supply, treatment capability, and infrastructure to supply this increase in water use. As large urban areas grow in population and development, the cost of supply, treatment and infrastructure increases therefore the water cost to customers increase.Many are looking for an affordable alternative water source for landscape irrigation. For the average landscape, the most cost effective option is a rainwater collection system.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1075381011451043841 

Rainwater Harvest for Greenhouses (Recorded Webinar

Tue., July 14, 2015 11:00 AM – Noon CDT

Dr. Dotty Woodson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Water quality for greenhouse culture sometimes is an issue when groundwater contains too much salt and potable water is not available or too costly. Filtration has been the answer in most cases but Dr. Woodson will introduce the idea of collecting rainwater off the greenhouses and other buildings associated with the greenhouse and nursery industry.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3166215621364655873

The Impact, Biology and Control of Oak Wilt in Texas (Recorded Webinar)

Wed. July 8, 2015 11:00 AM – Noon CDT

Dr. Dave Appel, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Oak wilt is a lethal disease of oaks (Quercus spp.) caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum.  Oak wilt causes devastating losses of trees throughout the Central Texas oak savannahs and woodlands.  The disease also has a huge impact on valuable oak trees growing in the urban landscapes of Dallas, Waco, Austin, San Antonio and countless smaller communities in the region.    C. fagacearum is particularly damaging because the spread of the pathogen can be rapid and difficult to control.  Attend our webinar to learn more from Dr. Appel on oak wilt.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6677562082056987650

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)  (Recorded webinar)

Wed, May 27, 2015 11:00 AM – Noon CDTMerchant sm

Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Emerald ash borers causing severe damage to ash trees have made their way to many states. Dr. Mike Merchant will discuss EAB identification, the importance to the green industry, what has been done to stop the spread of EAB and possible management strategies. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3145669047575636737

Landscape Weed Management in Texas(Recorded webinar)

Dr. Paul A. Baumann, Texas A&M University

Join us for a webinar on May 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM CST

Weeds are probably the biggest headache in landscapes in the south. Want to know how to manage weeds? Join us for this webinar. Viewing the recording of previous landscape weed ID webinar may be helpful. 

Register! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2873365097066701057

Houston Plant Trial (Recorded webinar)

Wed, Apr. 8, 2015 11:00 AM – Noon CDT

Mr. Paul Winski, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Harris County

This webinar will give an update on plant trial highlights from 2013 and 2014 in Harris County. We’ll also provide an overview on the status of current EarthKind trials and bedding plant trials for this spring and summer season.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6037770557208478721

Landscape Weed ID in the South (Recorded webinar)

Dr. Paul A. Baumann, Texas A&M University

Join us for a webinar on March 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM CST

Weeds are probably the biggest headache in landscapes in the south. Want to know what weed you are looking at? Join us for this landscape weed ID. 

Register! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7221201310172490242

Honeybees and neonicotinoids II (Recorded webinar)

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Dr. Juliana Rangel, Texas A&M University

Join us for a webinar on Feb 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM CST

There has been many debates on the role of neonicotinoids, a group of very effective insecticides used in ornamental production and landscapes, on honeybee colony collapse. This second webinar of two focuses on the role of neonicotinoids on this issue.

Register! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2732630906446045186

Honeybees and neonicotinoids I (Recorded webinar)

Juliana

Dr. Juliana Rangel, Texas A&M University

Join us for a webinar on Feb 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM CST

There has been many debates on the role of neonicotinoids, a group of very effective insecticides used in ornamental production and landscapes, on honeybee colony collapse. This first webinar of two focuses on facts about honeybees, their role in agriculture and health of bee colonies.

Register! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7365569385126008066

Citrus Greening in Harris County (Recorded Webinar)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:00 AM – Noon CDT

Dr. Kevin Ong and Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Jim Reaves, Texas Nursery and Landscape Association

Effective July 15, 2014, the department (TDA) has expanded the citrus greening quarantine by adding all of Harris County in the State of Texas“. What does this mean to the green industry businesses in Harris and surrounding counties? Please join the webinar to find out more on this issue.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/856842808

Update on Rose Rosette (Recorded Webinar)

Wed, Jun 4, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife ExtensionOng2 sm

Rose rosette disease has been more prominent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area the past 3 years. It has also caught the attention of many people who grow and enjoy roses as well as landscapers who have to take care of them.  There is also quite a bit of information on the internet, various factsheets, guidance documents and voices from media.  So what do we know and what don’t we know about this disease? The webinar gives a quick review of the information from various peer-reviewed articles from scientific journals, summarizing what we know thus far.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/319845016

LSU Trial Garden Highlights—Herbaceous Landscape Plants (Recorded webinar)

Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDTAllen Owings

Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station

This second webinar will focus on  herbaceous plants.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/736461488

LSU Trial Garden Highlights—Woody Landscape Plants (Recorded webinar)

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station

The research focus at LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station is landscape horticulture, including plant selection, fertility, weed control and plant growth regulators. Scientists evaluate more than 500 ornamental plants per year and each spring and fall release a list of Super Plants that grow well in all parts of Louisiana. Dr. Allen Owings is a professor/Extension Specialist, and present a highlight of landscape materials at the station. This webinar will focus on the woody plants and the next one on herbaceous plants.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/478126841

Current Situation on Crape Myrtle Bark Scale (Recorded webinar)

Wed, Apr 2, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDTMerchant sm

Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Crape myrtle is prized for its beauty and its relative freedom from pests in the United States. It is considered to be a $46M crop (farmgate wholesale value) and is planted throughout the South and in many other parts of the United States. A relatively new exotic scale pest of crape myrtle, crape myrtle bark scale (CMBS) is threatening the utility and aesthetics of crape myrtles in urban landscapes in Texas and surrounding states.
Dr. Mike Merchant, probably the first entomologist working on the issue in the U.S., will discuss brief history of CMBS in TX and surrounding areas, symptom, life cycle and control (what works and what does not).

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/495187592

Coping with Basil Downy Mildew (Recorded webinar)

Tue, Mar 18, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

With the increasing commercial production areas and popularity of basil plants among homeowners across the United States, basil downy mildew, a severe disease that is caused by Peronospora belbahrii,  has spread to about 40 states since the first report in the United States (South Florida) in the fall of 2007. The earliest report of basil downy mildew in Texas was in 2010.  This webinar will provide information on symptoms of basil downy mildew, cultivar difference and disease management to greenhouse growers, retail nurseries and herb producers. A FREE extension publication is available on “EPLP-011: Basil Downy Mildew“.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/248227097

UAV’s in Nurseries: Count on It (Recorded webinar)

Wed, Feb 12, 2014 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM CDT

Dr. James Robbins, University of Arkansas-CES

Dr. James Robbins from the University of Arkansas-CES shared his experience on using unmanned aerial vehicles for nursery inventory automation.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/711373432

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