University Of Florida Offers New Online Course: Advanced Nutrient Management For Container-Grown Crops

University Of Florida Offers New Online Course: Advanced Nutrient Management For Container-Grown Crops

Photo 1Are you ready to take your knowledge of fertilizer management and plant nutrition to another level? A new “Advanced Nutrient Management for Container-Grown crops” online course from the University of Florida IFAS Extension, and taught by Dr. Paul Fisher and Dr. Rosanna Freyre, both of the Environmental Horticulture Dept., University of Florida, will be offered in English and Spanish from October 5 to 30, 2015. The course will help you understand and manage aspects of pH management including lime, water quality, species, nitrogen form and root substrate. You will know how to convert fertilizer units and formulate a fertilizer from individual salts. Learn to diagnose nutritional problems and recommend corrective actions. Check out this video for more information, and click here to enroll.

More than 230 growers from the U.S. and overseas have completed the Greenhouse Training Online courses so far this year, offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. Courses are designed for people already working in the greenhouse or nursery industry. The courses run for four weeks, cost $200 per participant, have lectures and assignments in English and Spanish and include a personalized certificate of completion.

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Advanced Nutrient Management is not a simple course. It is designed for experienced growers, technical managers and sales staff. Many examples are ornamental crops, but principles apply equally to edibles. Information is relevant for any greenhouse location. Participants must already know how to use Excel, eMail, how to do a pH and electrical conductivity (EC) test, calculate ppm of a chemical and read a basic fertilizer level (the knowledge covered in the online Nutrient Management Level 1 course).

Each week there are two streaming classes and one activity (about three to four hours commitment per week), which can be accessed at any time of day. There are live instructors available using text chat and discussion features. For more information, go to Back Pocket Grower or email [email protected]