GGSPro Technical Services Mgr
Griffin Greenhouse Supplies
Rick Yates has been providing technical support for greenhouse and nursery growers for over 29 years through Griffin Greenhouse Supplies. As Technical Services Manager for GGSPro, Rick has created over 100 technical bulletins in addition to writing for various trade publications and the Griffin Gazette. Public speaking on topics including: pest control, pollinator safety, growth regulators, plant nutrition and crop culture in many venues across the country.
Education: B.S. Horticulture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 1979
Greenhouse 2 - Controlling Insects and Diseases in Retail Greenhouses - 3A, 3B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
Long hours of operation, high density plant displays, and customer aversion to pesticides combine to make insect and disease control in retail settings challenging. The first line of defense is to develop scouting and exclusion strategies. Biological control agents can be a part of the plan in certain situations. When pesticides are needed, short re-entry intervals, low odor, bloom safety, and high efficacy are top priorities. Specific pest-by-pest recommendations will be presented.
Greenhouse 6 - PGRs for Spring Crops
There are equal parts of art and science when it comes to utilizing plant growth regulators (PGRs) on spring crops. PGRs can not only help us manipulate plants into the shape and size we desire, when used properly they can also maximize profitability. Learn the secrets of effective PGR applications, including how to overcome stunted growth.