Oklahoma Grows:  education sessions

Wednesday, November 8, 9:00 a.m.          Keynote Session:  Dr. Steve George, Dr. Jim Klett and Dr. Carl Whitcomb
Start the conference with advice from three of the top minds in horticulture and water in the United States.  Join Drs. George, Klett and Whitcomb as they share a glimpse into the green industry in 2017.

Wednesday, November 8, 10:15 a.m.        Golf Course Best Management Practices Series:
                                                                           Development of Golf Course BMPs for Water Quantity and Water Quality                                                                                    Case Studies of Golf Course BMPs
​                                                                           Dr. Justin Moss and Dustin Harris, Oklahoma State University
This session will cover case studies and steps to development of environmental best management practices (BMP) for golf courses. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has developed a BMP planning guide and template for use by State Associations with the goal of developing a BMP manual for all 50 states by 2020. This session will begin the process for development of a state specific golf course BMP guide for Oklahoma with a focus on water quality and water quantity issues.

Wednesday, November 8, 10:15 a.m.        PlantSelect®- A successful Plant Introduction and Recommendation Program
                                                                           for the Rocky Mountain Area and Beyond
​                                                                           Dr. Jim Klett

This presentation will briefly discuss this plant program but talk in depth about certain Plant Select® introductions and recommendations that are classified by their water use. Examples of introductions of herbaceous and woody plants that are low, moderate and higher water use will be discussed. Attention to those that should perform well in Oklahoma will be highlighted.

Wednesday, November 8, 1:00 p.m.          A New Leaf: Building Independence Through Horticulture Therapy
​                                                                           Maranda Figueroa

A New Leaf serves individuals with developmental disabilities and autism by creating opportunities to help each grow independence.  Using horticulture therapy as the cultural fabric, A New Leaf provides vocational, educational and residential programs to serve this vulnerable population.

Wednesday, November 8, 11:30 a.m.        The Earth-Kind® Environmental Landscape Management System:  Your
                                                                           Research-Based Key To Achieving Beautiful Landscape Plantings With The
​                                                                           Utmost In Environmental Responsibility

                                                                           Dr. Steve George , Texas A&M Extension and Joshua Campbell, OSU Extension
You will be briefed on the results from multi-year Earth-Kind research studies on roses, herbaceous perennials, and crape myrtles which showed that cultivars with the strongest, best-adapted genetics gave outstanding landscape performance coupled with a 95% estimated reduction in irrigation, 100% reduction in fertilizers, 100% reduction in pesticides on the experimental plants, and a 96% estimated reduction in maintenance on the roses.  You will also learn how incorporation of Earth-Kind principles and practices into your business will create a wonderful new research-based environmental alternative for your customers. 

Wednesday, November 8, 1:30 p.m.          Golf Course Best Management Practices Series:
                                                                           Creating BMPs for Your Golf Course in Oklahoma
​                                                                           Dr. Justin Moss and Dustin Harris, Oklahoma State University

This session will cover case studies and steps to development of environmental best management practices (BMP) for golf courses. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has developed a BMP planning guide and template for use by State Associations with the goal of developing a BMP manual for all 50 states by 2020. This session will begin the process for development of a state specific golf course BMP guide for Oklahoma with a focus on water quality and water quantity issues.

Wednesday, November 8, 2:45 p.m.          Weather Impact on Landscape Water Use
​                                                                           Al Sutherland, Oklahoma Mesonet
Recent weather events have left us dealing with too little water and too much water. Water is not just necessary for plant growth. Water acts as a weather buffer. Without that buffering, weather events can be more damaging. What horticultural practices are becoming more important as we deal with rapidly changing weather patterns?

Wednesday, November 8, 1:30 p.m.          Herbaceous, Woody Plant and Ornamental Grass Water Requirement
                                                                           Research Results
​                                                                           Dr. Jim Klett

For the past twelve years plus, research has been conducted at Colorado State University on Water Requirements of commonly planted herbaceous plants, woody shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Results from the studies will be shown with recommendations showing good survival notes with low water usage. Information on marketing information to the industry will also be discussed

Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.          Earth-Kind® Environmental Soil Management:  A Crucial Element In Reducing
                                                                           Water, Fertilizer, And Pesticide Applications In Landscape Beds
​                                                                           Dr. Steve George, Texas A&M Extension and Joshua Campbell, OSU Extension
Years of Earth-Kind research and field trials on a wide variety of ornamental and edible crops have shown the tremendous value of using (1) fully-finished, plant-derived compost, (2) expanded shale (specifically for use in aerating heavy clay soils), and (3) year-round organic mulch (such as shredded hardwood bark) in plantings where your goal is to realize outstanding plant performance (even during heat, drought, or torrential rain), minimal maintenance, highly significant reduction in irrigation, and maximum protection of air and water quality.

Wednesday, November 8, 8:00 p.m.          Artificially Constructed Wetlands to Reduce Pesticide & Nutrient Pollutants
                                                                           in Greenhouse & Nursery Runoff
​                                                                           Dr. Mike Schnelle, OSU Extension and Jason Vogel, OU

Growers and retailers may benefit by creating a wetlands area on their property to reduce fertilizer and pesticide contamination.  While not a new concept, many green professionals are not capitalizing on this system which mimics Mother Nature.  Besides environmental benefits and rewards from an artificially constructed wetland, wholesalers and retailers can also market/tout their enhanced efforts towards environmental stewardship.  Vogel and Schnelle will discuss the basics of a wetland system and reveal what they learned while working with Oklahoma nursery and greenhouse professionals that implemented this technology.

Thursday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.              Adventures in Plant Breeding - - - looking for a gene in a haystack
​                                                                           Dr. Carl Whitcomb, Lacebark, Inc.

A walk through some of the  plant breeding efforts at Lacebark Inc.    Slow but persistent.   In order to obtain the 10 unique and patented crapemyrtle that are on the market, about 750,000 seedlings through 23 generations down stream from the original parent have been grown and evaluated during the past 32 years.  With each of the 23 generations, the few best were saved as parents for the next generation.  I has amounted to a search for a unique gene in the very diverse gene pool of crapemyrtle and has included a variety of surprises.  Various other species in the breeding program have been handled similarly.

Thursday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.              AgriLife Water University: Blue-ing The Green Industry
​                                                                          Clint Wolfe & Daniel Cunningham, Texas A&M
This presentation with cover the research, outreach and educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Water University.  This team of water resource professional use innovative approaches to educate green industry professional on ways to become more water efficient utilizing best management practice and a holistic system approach.

Thursday, November 9, 10:15 a.m.             Use of Native Oklahoma Plants in Landscape Design
​                                                                            Dr. Gloria Caddell, University of Central Oklahoma
This session will focus on the benefits of incorporating native Oklahoma plants into landscapes, including attracting and sustaining native pollinators and wildlife.  Native plants can be used to create beautiful, interesting, and sustainable gardens that will help to preserve biodiversity.
Thursday, November 9, 10:15 a.m.            Use of Alternative Turfs: Native Alternatives for Warm-season Turf
​                                                                           Jimi Underwood, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
There are suitable native alternatives for warm-season turf available. These native alternatives have their own strengths and limitations, which require the consumer to consider their wants and needs before determining which warm-season turf is best suited for their needs. This session will discuss the native warm-season grasses of buffalograss, blue grama, and their mixes for use as warm-season turf taking in consideration the strengths, limitations, and some possible applications of these grasses. 

Thursday, November 9, 11:30 a.m.             Bridging the Gap Between Research and Application to Meet Tomorrow’s
                                                                            Water Challenges
                                                                            Dr. Kevin Wagner, Oklahoma Water Resource Center
Accelerated population growth and increasing urbanization are having serious impacts on water supplies across the globe. New innovations offer the opportunity to improve the urban landscape and the waters which they depend upon. However, new and better ways of engaging homeowners, developers, and city planners and officials are needed to ensure application of these innovations. This presentation will explore the role of research, education, and engagement in sustaining water supplies for the future.

Thursday, November 9, 11:30 a.m.             Oklahoma Proven! - Recommended for Oklahoma
​                                                                            David Hillock, Oklahoma State University
The Oklahoma Proven Plant Promotion Program is designed to educate the public of plants that do well in Oklahoma with an emphasis on under-utilized plants. We will briefly discuss where the program is now and then look at some drought resistant plants that have been selected since the program began.

Thursday, November 9, 1:30 p.m.              ODAFF Law & Rules
                                                                           Ryan Williams, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry
Ryan will discuss Oklahoma and EPA regulations dealing with pesticides and pesticide applications.  Ryan will also cover new and upcoming regulations.  I will also discuss ODAFF's new onlne services which will applicators and businesses to apply, renew, and update information electronically at their convenience.                         

Thursday, November 9, 1:30 p.m.              Is Green Infrastructure a Marketing Opportunity for You?
​                                                                          Debbie Hamrick, North Carolina Farm Bureau
Green infrastructure is a hot topic now, especially for stormwater management. Is it a marketing opportunity for you? Debbie will help the audience gain deeper understanding of the positive role that plants play in urban landscapes based on scientific research. She’ll talk about the regulatory and economic drivers of green infrastructure implementation in urban regions across the US to help you understand the role the green industry plays in implementing green infrastructure in managed urban spaces. You’ll be challenged and inspired to develop language and thought patterns to enable cross-disciplinary understanding and communication for the purpose of better green infrastructure outcomes.

Thursday, November 9, 2:45 p.m.               Water Farming: A Rural Landscape Management Proposal,
                                                                            Guy Sewell, The Oka' Institute
The impact of the activities of man on the landscape, have altered the discharge profiles of most river basins.  Impervious surfaces deter infiltration. Channelization of storm water run-off, sharpens the discharge curves. Surface water and ground water withdrawals reduce the baseflow contributions during times of scarcity. In an era of increasing demand of water resources, these factors further limit the availability of usable water supplies.
The only approach with a realistic chance of addressing the need for new water resource availability is artificial or enhanced aquifer recharge. This process offers the opportunity to alter the storm flow/base flow balance and provide additional resources, particularly when seasonal or periodic demands increase, and historic availability decreases.
Rainfall on the rural landscape (95%+ of Oklahoma’s land surface) is a potential target for enhanced recharge. Managing the rural landscape to enhance recharge, coupled to some form of monetary compensation (which could be described as water farming), represents an untapped resource for rural land-owners.  However, changes to current Oklahoma water law and increased infrastructure funding may be required to make this approach feasible and attractive to both rural landowners and potential down-stream consumers/stakeholders.
The Oka’ Institute is currently investigating the technological needs and policy barriers to the development of enhance aquifer recharge and the water farming concept.

Thursday, November 9, 2:45 p.m.              Maintaining Healthy Trees in the Landscape / Update on Tree Diseases
​                                                                           Jen Olson, Oklahoma State University 
Decline of landscape trees is common throughout Oklahoma.  Many factors contribute to this decline including heat, drought, wind, ice and other environmental stress factors.  In this session, we will review causes of decline and discuss strategies to prevent or reduce this problem.  In the second portion of the session, there will be an update on tree diseases including Hypoxylon canker, Fire blight and Dutch Elm Disease.

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