GROWERTALKS - March 2018 Issue (Vol. 81 No. 11)
Acres & Acres
The Golden Circle
Chris Beytes
What’s your purpose, your cause, your belief, your dream? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Why should anyone care about your business?
Corr on Cannabis
Altered Perceptions
Dr. Brian Corr
For many people, the perception of someone growing cannabis is a hazy image of some long-haired, unbathed, tie-dyed stoner. That image may apply to some underground growers, but isn’t accurate for businesspeople active in the cannabis industry.
Cover Story
Bringing Back Impatiens
Chris Beytes
A combination of classic breeding techniques and modern genetic mapping will soon be bringing you a downy mildew-resistant impatiens series. And if it’s as good as its breeder says, maybe, just maybe, it will restore the impatiens to its position as the world’s best-selling annual bedding plant.
Culture Notes
Growing Native Perennial Heliopsis
Mary Vaananen
With the enthusiastic and steady increase in the popularity of native plants—or in this case, selected seed strains—are great additions to your perennial plant offerings.
Features
Fünf Maschinen
Chris Beytes
IPM Essen, held in Essen, Germany, January 23-27, features 1,564 exhibitors from 45 countries, a large majority of which offer colorful flowers and plants. But for this story, we skipped past the delicate foliage and instead sought out the rugged aluminum and steel of the machines needed to grow those colorful flowers and plants faster and more efficiently. Here are five that we think are the most significant of 2018.
Features
If Superman Were a Substrate Scientist
Paul C. Bartley III, Dr. Brian E. Jackson & Dr. Bill Fonteno
The second part of our series on looking inside media using imaging equipment to see how plants develop and grow.
Features
Minding Your pHs and Qs
Silvia Valles Ramirez & James Altland
The impact of alkalinity in your water.
Features
Potted vs. “Pot”
Jennifer Zurko
The similarities and differences between an ornamentals and a cannabis greenhouse.
Features
Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best
Matthew Castriotta
An update on the new trucking regulations shows you should be ready for transportation cost uncertainty in 2018.
Features
Wrapping Your Head Around Tax Reform
Mark E. Battersby
A deep dive into how the new tax bill will affect your business.
Growers Talk Business
Managing Your Lighting
Bill Swanekamp
Recently, it occurred to me that maybe just observing whether a lamp was on or off wasn’t enough.
Growers Talk Production
Building for the Future
Roger McGaughey
Graduating from college shows students have the learning capabilities, but we have to teach them the important, day-to-day aspects of large-scale crop production.
Growing With Griffin
How to Protect Spring Baskets from Pests
Rick Yates
The warmer air and tissue temperatures in hanging baskets serve to ramp up the reproductive rates of pests.
GT in Brief
AmericanHort Has a New Website
Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort announced a new website design and the use of a new membership management system to help provide a better user experience for AmericanHort members and those in the industry who visit AmericanHort.org seeking information.
GT in Brief
BioWorks Launches New Biological Fungicide
Chris Beytes
Here’s some good news for anyone in need of an organic fungicide: BioWorks is introducing a new one.
GT in Brief
Heat from Above
Chris Beytes
GrowerTalks visited Ter Laak the Saturday after IPM Essen, where the company had just been named the International Grower of the Year 2018 by the International Association for Horticultural Producers (AIPH).
GT in Brief
IGOTY Winners
Chris Beytes
Tuesday night during IPM Essen in January was the International Grower of the Year Award ceremony, The big winner? Ter Laak Orchids of the Netherlands, who also earned the Gold in the Finished Plant category, Silver in the Young Plant category and a new Sustainability award for their amazing energy-saving efforts.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: John L. Tomasovic, Sr.
Jennifer Zurko
John L. Tomasovic, Sr., patriarch of the family and owner of Tomasovic Greenhouses & Nursery, Inc. in Des Peres, Missouri, passed away January 11. He was 83 years old.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Louis Stacy
Chris Beytes
Louis Ormand Stacy, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, January 10, at Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He was 81.
GT in Brief
LumiGrow Releases Online Energy Payback Calculator
Jennifer Zurko
LumiGrow released their online energy payback calculator where growers of all crop types and sizes can compare energy usage, heat load and cost of LumiGrow products quickly and easily from their website.
GT in Brief
MPS & AmericanHort Team Up
Jennifer Duffield White
Growers across the U.S. have begun utilizing MPS, an independent organization that creates and manages certifications for growers around the world, as they pursue sustainability goals. Now, the U.S. trade association AmericanHort has announced a strategic alliance with MPS.
GT in Brief
NGB’s New Varieties Listing
Chris Beytes
If you’re looking for one spot to find lots of new introductions for 2018, National Garden Bureau has you covered with their appropriately named “New Plants” program.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bayer; BioWorks; Fine Americas; Mycorrhizal Applications; Pacific Plug & LinerPARsource; RainSoil; Star Roses and Plants; Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
GT in Brief
PanAmerican Seed Adds Begonia Bulbs to Its Lineup
Jennifer Zurko
PanAmerican Seed announced it has purchased the begonia product lines from Golden State Bulb Growers, one of the oldest growers and breeders of tuberous begonias in North America.
GT in Brief
Register Now for the Plug & Cutting Conference
Jennifer Zurko
Registration is now open for the next Plug & Cutting Conference that will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina September 17-19, 2018.
GT in Brief
Selecta One is Now a Kalanchoe Breeder
Chris Beytes
Breeder Selecta One is making more of a commitment in the potted plant business (they do poinsettias) with the acquisition of the kalanchoe assortment and breeding program of Topcolor Breeding, of De Lier, the Netherlands.
GT in Brief
Southern Nursery Association Elects New Board
Jennifer Zurko
Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2018 term were elected during the 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland during The SNA Conference.
GT in Brief
The New Hummert Catalog is Here
Chris Beytes
The latest Hummert International catalog, which, at more than 800 pages, contains virtually anything you could lust after for your horticultural business.
Inside Look
Blinded by Science
Jennifer Zurko
We now have some hope of actually bringing back one of the most popular shade annuals.
Pest Management
Calibrachoa Disease Guidelines
Dr. Colleen Warfield
Powdery mildew and black root rot may not be new, but they can still ruin the salability of your calibrachoa crop in 2018.
SAF in the Lobby
Immigration Discussions Continue in Washington
Society of American Florists
In the midst of the ongoing discussions in Washington about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation and looming government shutdowns, a new immigration bill was introduced January 10 by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
Under an Acre
Returning Biodiversity to the Eastern Catskill Mountains
Anne-Marie Hardie
Home to over a thousand unique specimens, Catskill Native Nursery in Kerhonkson, New York, strives to provide their local community with both the plants and education to create an ecologically, sustainable environment.
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