Rochester, N.Y., January 7-9, 2009

The Empire State Green Industry Show will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on January 7-9, 2009, and will feature many educational sessions and events tailored for those who work in all aspects of the turf industry.

Hosted by the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA), Nursery and Landscape Association (NYSNLA) and New York State Arborists-ISA Chapter, Inc. (NYSA), the show also gives attendees the opportunity to network with professionals from different industry backgrounds. Education tracks, featuring nursery and landscape, arborist and turf sessions, will offer CNLP, ISA, DEC credits and more.

Key industry vendors will showcase their products and services at the 200-booth trade show. Those interested in exhibiting can view a map of available booth space on the show’s Web site. The 2007 booth price remains in effect for the 2009 show and includes conference registration for two representatives. To reserve exhibit space, contact Jill Cyr at show@nysta.org.

Many accredited sessions will be presented by prominent turf, nursery and landscape, and arborist industry professionals. Featured speakers include Dr. Paul Vincelli, extension professor at the University of Kentucky who will review the role of fungicides in turf disease management and discuss non-fungicidal management options. He’ll also review basic plant diagnostics in the field and lab, and the difficulty determining the cause of turfgrass diseases. Dr. Marty Petrovic, professor of turfgrass science at Cornell University, will discuss how to add precision to a nutrient management program in order to save money, control turf quality and minimize pest problems. Dr. John Ball, professor of forestry at South Dakota State University, will discuss all aspects of tree care, including transplanting, diagnostics, plant health care and IPM, marketing techniques, tree risk liability and arborist safety.

Round-table luncheon discussions, which were introduced at the last show, proved to be popular with attendees and have been brought back this year. On Wednesday, January 7, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., registered participants will be given the opportunity to meet with expert facilitators, have lunch and exchange ideas with colleagues. Sample forums include “Biological Control” facilitated by Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, ornamental entomologist and owner of Buglady Consulting, Inc.; “Solving Nursery and Landscape Tree and Shrub Problems” facilitated by Brian Eshenaur, western New York ornamental IPM specialist, Cornell University; “Pest Management Issues in the Landscape” facilitated by Rick Harper, IPM extension resource educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County; and “Marketing the ‘Green’ in Green Industry Products” facilitated by Dr. Betsy Lamb, Cornell University IPM Program.

Another forum back by popular demand is the “NYSDEC Panel Discussion and Breakfast” scheduled for the morning of Friday, January 9. Participants are invited to have breakfast with three New York State Department of Environmental Conservation representatives and have questions answered on a variety of topics including neighbor notification, lawn care contract implementation and fuel tank inspections. There is a $15 fee for the required breakfast portion of this program.

The opening reception of the trade show will be held on Wednesday, January 7, from 4:15 to 7 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Live demonstrations have been scheduled on Thursday, including a weed identification at the Cornell University, New York State IPM booth; tree pruning by Rex Bastian, Ph.D., vice president of field education and development, The Care of Trees; and insect identification demonstration at the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic booth.

The New York State Nursery and Landscape Association will hold their Annual Membership Dinner and Nurserymen’s Foundation Silent Auction on Tuesday, January 6 at 7 p.m. at the Clarion Riverside Hotel. During this event, the NYSNLA board, staff and members come together to formally induct the 2009 state board of directors, recognize the accomplishments of members and honor attendees for their dedication to the green industry. To preregister, or for more information, contact Kim Tiberia at 518-694-4430.

The International Society of Arborists (ISA) exam will be held on Wednesday, January 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Preregistration is required and available only through ISA at www.isa-arbor.com/certification/
certification.aspx
. On Thursday, January 8, the NYSA Annual Live Tree Fund Auction, which supports tree research throughout the world, will take place along with a cocktail reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. To preregister, obtain more information or donate items, contact David Hayner at 845-855-0225.

For students, the NYSTA Annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition will be held on Thursday, January 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The competition is designed to test students’ knowledge of turfgrasses and weeds, diseases and insects that affect them. High-scoring teams and individuals are recognized with cash prizes, certificates, a one-year student membership to NYSTA and the honor of taking back to their school the silver Turf Bowl. To preregister individuals and teams, contact Turf Bow coordinator, David Chinery, Rensselaer County Cornell Cooperative Extension, at 518-272-4210 by Monday, December 15.

The Empire State Green Industry Show has been endorsed by Cornell University, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, New York State Association of Cemeteries, Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York State Association for Superintendents of School Buildings and Grounds. For more information on attending or exhibiting, call 800-873-8873 or visit www.nysta.org.

Empire State Green Industry Show Session Descriptions

Wednesday, January 7

8 – 10 a.m.
Sports Turf Management Sports Turf Management, Part 1
Frank Rossi, Ph.D., associate professor of turfgrass science and N.Y. Extension turfgrass specialist, Cornell University

Part 1 of Rossi’s presentation on the manual, “Sports Field Management,” a guidebook on maintaining safe sports fields.

Sustainable Landscaping Year-Round Interest in the Sustainable Landscape Plan-Design, Implementation and Maintenance of Sustainable Landscapes
Mobee Weinstein, The New York Botanical Garden, and James Diermeier, CGM/CNP, associate director of Outdoor Gardens and Home Gardening, The New York Botanical Garden

Plant Health Care-IPM PHC, IPM, What is the Difference and Why Does it Matter?
John Ball, Ph.D., professor of forestry, South Dakota State University

10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sports Turf Management Sports Turf Management, Part 2
Frank Rossi, Ph.D., associate professor of turfgrass science and N.Y. Extension turfgrass specialist, Cornell University

Part 2 of Rossi’s presentation on “Sports Field Management.”

Great Flowering Landscape Trees & Shrubs Great Flowering Landscape Trees & Shrubs
Vincent Simeone, grounds manager, Planting Fields Arboretum

Insect & Disease Update Insect and Disease Update and Management
George Hudler, Ph.D., chair, Dept. of Plant Pathology of the Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network, Cornell University, and Gregory Hoover, ornamental extension entomologist, Pennsylvania State University

Insects Practical Diagnosis of Turf Insect Pests
Daniel Peck, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Dept. of Entomology, NYSAES, Cornell University

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Round-Table Discussions

Round-table discussions with lunch. Attendees must select a topic, meet with expert facilitators at round-table luncheon discussions and exchange ideas with colleagues. There is a $20 fee for the required lunch portion of this program.

1. Fertilizing on a Shoestring Budget, What Can You Cut Out?
Marty Petrovic, Ph.D., professor of turfgrass science, Cornell University

2. Deicing Materials, Liquids and Solids, Bulk/Bagged Material
David Cook, sales and marketing manager, Innovative Municipal U.S., Inc.

3. What Are “Soft” Pesticides?
Jennifer Grant, Ph.D., assistant director of the New York State IPM Program and coordinator of Community IPM, Cornell University

4. Superior Varieties of Flowering Trees and Shrubs
Vincent Simeone, grounds manager, Planting Fields Arboretum

5. Biological Controls
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, ornamental entomologist and owner, Bug­lady Consulting, Inc.

6. Equipment Options (Rent vs. Purchase)
Jim Hornung Jr., CSP, vice president, Elbers Landscape Service, Inc., and Great Lakes Athletic Fields

7. Opportunities for Reducing Pesticide Use on Turf
Daniel Schied, horticulture and grounds manager, University of Rochester

8. Fuel Tank Inspections
Michael Maffei, CGCS, Back O’Beyond, Inc.

9. Climate Change
Art DeGaetano, Ph.D., professor, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

10. Feasibility of Organic Golf Management Approach
Jeff Carlson, CGCS, superintendent, The Vineyard Golf Club

11. Solving Nursery and Landscape Tree and Shrub Problems
Brian Eshenaur, western New York ornamental IPM specialist, Cornell University Extension, IPM Program

12. Business Strategies to Deal with the Current Economic State
Kim Tiberia, New York State Nursery and Landscape Association

13. Labor Issues: H-2A, Wages, Competition for Workers, Ideas on How to Reduce Labor
Tom Suffoletto, Concord Nurseries, Inc.

14. Pest Management Issues in the Landscape
Rick Harper, IPM extension resource educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County

15. Marketing the “Green” in Green Industry Products
Betsy Lamb, Ph.D., Cornell University, IPM Program

16. Communities and Utilities Can Work Together … Fact or Fiction?
Brian Skinner, NYSA, National Grid

17. Your Crew Leaders Need the Proper Tools to Do the Right Job
Gregory Frank, NYSA, Ted Collins Associates, LTD

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Environment, Part 3 Progressive Disease Management: Runoff, Resistance and Alternatives
Paul Vincelli, Ph.D., extension professor and Provost’s distinguished service professor, University of Kentucky

Baseball/Softball Developing a Sports Turf Maintenance/Renovation Calendar to Justify Your Budget Requests
Daniels Schied, horticulture and grounds manager and Christopher Shockley, athletic field manager, University of Rochester

Green Pesticide Choices Green Pesticide Choices for Landscapers
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, ornamental entomologist and owner, Bug­lady Consulting, Inc.

Tree Risk Assessment and the Law Tree Risk and the Law
John Ball, Ph.D., professor of forestry, South Dakota State University

Utility The Role of Line Construction on Tree Outage Performance
Kenneth Finch, utility vegetation management consultant

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Environment, Part 4 Progressive Insect Management: Stewarding the Beneficials in Your Turf; Intentional Environmentally Compatible Golf
Daniel Peck, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Dept. of Entomology, NYSAES, Cornell University, and Frank Rossi, Ph.D., associate professor of turfgrass science and New York Extension turfgrass specialist, Cornell University

Baseball Little League World Series Planning, Preparation and Support
Steve LeGros, mid-Atlantic sports field consultant, Turf & Dirt, Inc.

Beneficials in the Landscape How to Recognize and Get the Most Out of them
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, ornamental entomologist and owner, Bug­lady Consulting, Inc.

Plant Diagnostics Diagnosing Plant Problems
John Ball, Ph.D., professor of forestry, South Dakota State University

Utility Hazard Tree Identification-Assigning Priorities
Kenneth Finch, utility vegetation management consultant

Thursday, January 8

6:30 – 8 a.m. Early Bird Sessions
Cornell Research Updates

• Are Pesticides for More Than Looks? A Preliminary Look
Mark Slavens, graduate student, Cornell University

• Reduced Chemical Golf Turf Management Manual
Bob Portmess, Dept. of Horticulture, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

• Potassium Fertilization of Turf­grasses: What We Don’t Know
Dave Moody, graduate student, Cornell University

• Assessing the Environmental Effects on Annual Bluegrass Weevil
Masanori Seto, graduate student, Cornell University

Successful Business Strategies Plant’s Don’t Pay Us, People Do
John Ball, Ph.D., professor of forestry, South Dakota State University

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Diagnostics
Diagnostic Basics
Paul Vincelli, Ph.D., extension professor and Provost’s distinguished service professor, University of Kentucky

Synthetic Turf Out With the Old, In With the New: Synthetic Turf Removal, Recycling and Replacement
Robert Sanderson, grounds and landscape manager, Sodexho Campus Services at Nazareth College

Great Landscape Evergreens Great Landscape Evergreens
Vincent Simeone, grounds manager, Planting Fields Arboretum

Safety Aroborist Safety: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You!
John Ball, Ph.D., professor of forestry, South Dakota State University

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Synthetic Turf Safe or Not? Synthetic Turf and Health Issues
Robert Sanderson, grounds and landscape manager, Sodexho Campus Services at Nazareth College

Container Gardening Four Seasons of Container Gardening
Donna Moramarco, CNLP, horticulturist and education director, Martin Viette Nurseries

Planting Techniques Transplanting: The Foundation of Plant Health Care
John Ball, Ph.D., professor of forestry, South Dakota State University

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Snow Removal Communicating Your Snow Removal Plans and Progress
Daniel Schied, horticulture and grounds manager, University of Rochester

Ice Melting Options: Is Treated Salt Right for You?
David Cook, sales and marketing manager, Innovative Municipal U.S., Inc.

Problems with Hemlock Pests of Eastern Hemlock
Rick Harper, IPM extension resource educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County

Soils and Roots Getting Your Trees Off to a Good Start: Paying Attention to Soil and Roots
Nina Bassuk, Ph.D., professor and program leader, Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University

Diseases Hands-On Identification of Common Turfgrass Pathogens
Karen Snover-Clift, director, Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Cornell University

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Nutrient Management Adding Precision to Your Nutrient Management Program
Marty Petrovic, Ph.D., professor of turf­grass science, Cornell University

Snow Removal Panel Discussion: Route Planning and Record Keeping
Jim Hohrnung Jr., CSP, vice president, Elbers Landscape Service, Inc., and Great Lakes Athletic Fields; Rick Kier, CNP, CSP, president and owner, Pro Scapes, Inc.

Weed Control Innovative Weed Management Techniques in the Nursery and Landscape
Brian Eshenaur, western New York ornamental IPM specialist, Cornell University, IPM Program

Organics and Fertilization Soil Biology as it Relates to Tree Nutrition
Rex Bastian, Ph.D., vice president of Field Education and Development, The Care of Trees

Diseases Hands-On Identification of Common Turfgrass Pathogens
Karen Snover-Clift, director, Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Plant Diagnostic Clinic

Friday, January 9

6:30 – 8 a.m. Early Bird Sessions
NYSDEC Panel Discussion and Breakfast Neighbor Notification, Lawn Care Contract Implementation and Fuel Tank Inspections
Edward Hanback, pesticide specialist II and regional pesticide program supervisor, Michale Nierenberg, pesticide control specialist, and Tim Walsh, registered professional engineer-NYSDEC, Bureau of Pesticides Management

Participants are invited to have breakfast with three New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation representatives who will answer questions on a variety of topics, including neighbor notification, lawn care contract implementation and fuel tank inspections. There is a $15 fee for the required breakfast portion of this program.

7 – 8 a.m.
Grant Research Updates Late Season Fertility and Snow Mold
Frank Rossi, Ph.D., associate professor of turfgrass science and New York State Extension turfgrass specialist, Cornell University

European Crane Fly Update
Daniel Peck, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Dept. of Entomology, NTSAES, Cornell University

TracTurf Implementation
Jennifer Grant, Ph.D., assistant director of the New York State IPM Program and coordinator of community IPM, Cornell University

8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Round-Table Discussions
Preventive vs. Reactive Turfgrass Management
Steve LeGros, mid-Atlantic field consultant, Turf & dirt, Inc.

Participants will have the opportunity to review a variety of turfgrass topics, including overseeding, fertility, disease prevention and mowing practices.

Athletic Field Planning and Construction to Maximize Plant Health and Reduce Pesticide Use
Robert Sanderson, grounds and landscape manager, Sodexho Campus Services at Nazareth College

Participants will discuss topics related to athletic field planning, including construction team development, site identification and evaluation, and first-year cultural practices.

Opportunities for Reduced Pesticide Use on Athletic Turf
Daniel Schied, horticulture and grounds manager, University of Rochester

Participants will discuss how to reduce pesticide use on turf using regular overseeding, increased mowing heights, fertility programs and irrigation during high-stress periods.

Tree Pruning Interpreting the A-300 Pruning Standards, Writing Contracts in Accordance with the Standards and Proper Pruning
Rex Bastian, Ph.D., vice president of field education and development, The Care of Trees

Pond Management Earth Pond Aquatics and Weed Management Techniques
Jim Ochterski, owner and operator, Progressive Pond Consulting; Rebecca Schneider, Ph.D., associate professor and leader in the Dept. of Natural Resources Extension, Cornell University; and Chuck O’Neill, senior extension associate and director at the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse, New York State Sea Grant

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Regulatory Updates NYSDEC Regulatory Update
Edward Hanbach, pesticide specialist II and regional pesticide program supervisor, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Updates on New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation regulations.

Pesticides and Protecting Your Health
Ronald Gardner, senior extension associate, entomology/pesticide management education program, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences