Greenhouse Current Issues and Best Practices Series
BMPs for Crop Risk Management
Jason Twaddell; Ball Seed Sales Rep, Ball Seed Company
Jason Twaddell is the North American Sales and Marketing Manager for Ball FloraPlant and Selecta. Before joining Ball, Jason spent 18 years in the industry in production and growing positions with much of that time focused on managing propagation and finished production of vegetative annuals.
Clean Surfaces to Prevent Diseases
Rosa Raudales, PhD; Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Connecticut
Rosa E. Raudales is an assistant professor and greenhouse extension specialist at the University of Connecticut. Her research program focuses on understanding how to use low-quality water for irrigation of greenhouse crops. The Raudales team conducts research on control of plant pathogens in closed-loop hydroponics, evaluating factors that affect clogging of irrigation systems, safe use of reclaimed-water, and water treatment options for control of pathogens, algae, biofilm and residual chemicals. The research and outreach program address management of biological, chemical and physical parameters in water that affect the plant health and irrigation efficiency of greenhouse crops. Rosa’s ultimate mission is to reduce the water footprint of greenhouse-grown crops.
Modifying Cultural Practices and Growing Environments for Holding Spring Crops
Christopher Currey, PhD; Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Chris Currey is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. He received his BS and MS in horticulture at the University of Minnesota and his PhD in horticulture from Purdue University. He has responsibilities in teaching, research, and extension in greenhouse and controlled environment crop production. His efforts focus on providing research-based best-management practices to support commercial producers of ornamental and food crops to improve productivity, profitability, and sustainability.