GROWERTALKS - November 2018 Issue (Vol. 82 No. 7)
Acres & Acres
Looking Distinguished
Chris Beytes
I wouldn’t say I’ve distinguished myself in any particular way in my horticultural literary career, other than having stuck around long enough to become part of the “remember when?” crowd.
Corr on Cannabis
Scents of Humor
Dr. Brian Corr
Because of fragrance and potential health benefits, terpenes are important components of cannabis. However, terpenes in the air around a cannabis facility can lead to trouble.
Cover Story
11 Ways
Chris Beytes
You need a machine. Maybe two. You know this because you can’t find enough new employees. And even if you could, your payroll is going up while your prices are flat. And machines are the answer, right? At least, that’s what you’ve always heard.
Culture Notes
Growing Big Blue
Mary O’Connor
This interspecific salvia is a first of its kind from seed.
Features
A Long-Term Energy Outlook
Dr. Charlie Hall
Our industry’s revered hort economist gives us the rundown on how fuel prices will look in the coming years.
Features
Doing More with Less
Ed Bloodnick & Troy Buechel
Taking a holistic approach to improving processes to be more efficient can save you time and money, while also keeping your staff happy.
Features
Faster, Better, Smarter
Joachim Nachmansohn
There are ways to make your production work to its highest ability without adversely impacting the environment.
Features
Save Water, Save Money
Rosa E. Raudales & Ryan Dickson
The first of a four-part article series on grower case studies makes the argument for closing the irrigation loop.
Features
The Inventiveness of Nursery Growers
Jennifer Zurko
While visiting a couple of Virginia nurseries this past spring, I was impressed by how resourceful they were when it came to solving specific problems.
Features
Vapor Pressure Deficit Revisited
By Tim Shelford, Tom Manning & A.J. Both
The benefits of using VPD and what that means for your greenhouse control system.
Features
Waste of Space
Juan C. Vallejo, Paul R. Fisher & Alan W. Hodges
Is your greenhouse emptier than you think?
Growers Talk Business
Letting the Moths Out
Bill Swanekamp
When it comes to running a business, it’s necessary to constantly and consistently make capital improvements.
Growers Talk Production
Another Successful Outdoor BCA Season
Roger McGaughey
Helping to minimize our reliability on chemical control methods is a win-win situation for all concerned.
Growing With Griffin
The Plants Strike Back: A SAR Wars Story
Karen Stever
The current state of our knowledge shows that tapping into the plants’ ability to launch a defense can benefit your growing operation with healthier plants and reduced usage of chemical fungicides.
GT in Brief
AAS in NOLA
Jennifer Zurko
AAS and NGB host an annual event for everyone involved in the organizations, people who sell and/or grow AAS winners, or anyone who wants to learn more about AAS/NGB and wants to visit one of the display gardens. This year, the summit was held during the first week of October in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
GT in Brief
AFE Awards 2018 Scholarships
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 21 students with scholarships totaling $42,800. Eighty-seven applications were received for this 2018 scholarship cycle.
GT in Brief
Danziger Announces New Rooted Cutting Station Partners
Jennifer Zurko
Danziger announced new partnerships, adding four new rooted cutting stations in the United States.
GT in Brief
Dramm Includes QR Codes on Their Products
Jennifer Zurko
In an effort to help growers get the most out of their spray equipment, Dramm now includes two QR Codes on each machine.
GT in Brief
Florist Holland and HilverdaKooij Announce a Merger
Jennifer Zurko
Florist Holland and HilverdaKooij have announced that they’re merging.
GT in Brief
Gloeckner Foundation Awards 14 Grants
Chris Beytes
Here’s the latest from the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, Inc., which recently awarded 14 grants totaling $137,000.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Rami Soufi
Jennifer Zurko
Bayer announced the tragic passing of Rami Soufi, who the company called “a dear father, friend, colleague and scientist in the crop science industry.”
GT in Brief
Intelligent Spray Control System Commercialization Approved
Chris Beytes
Developed by Dr. Heping Zhu, an Ohio State adjunct professor and USDA agricultural engineer, the Intelligent Spray Control System can reduce chemical use by 47% to 73% and airborne drift reduction of up to 87%.
GT in Brief
MANTS & SNA Registration is Open
Matthew Chappell
The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) is returning to Baltimore again January 9-11, 2019 for its 49th annual event and registration is now open.
GT in Brief
New Filters for Ball Seed’s WebTrack
Chris Beytes
Use Ball Seed’s WebTrack for online ordering, but are challenged by trying to search for the variety you need among so many offerings? Ball’s stellar IT department has solved your problem.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Dilutions Solutions; McHutchison Horticultural Distributors & Vaughn's Horticulture; National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association; Pleasant View Gardens; Vestaron
GT in Brief
PW’s Recipe Guide for Professional Growers
Chris Beytes
Proven Winners’ recipe guide includes everything from creative design tips to critical production knowledge, all put together by their lead growers.
GT in Brief
Sakata Completes Phase I of its Woodland Innovation Center
Jennifer Zurko
Sakata Seed America announced phase one completion of the Sakata Seed America Woodland Innovation Center, a new research and production facility in Woodland, California.
Inside Look
Adulting
Jennifer Zurko
Adulting is hard. When you’re an adult, you have to do adult stuff.
Pest Management
Prepare & Protect
Nancy Rechcigl
Tips for successful pansy production.
SAF in the Lobby
Trade Experts Express Relief Over Trilateral Agreement
Society of American Florists
The new deal among the United States, Canada and Mexico that updates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is being hailed as a win for U.S. industry — with many trade experts expressing relief that Canada signed on at the eleventh hour.
Under an Acre
Staying Up with the Downturn
Anne-Marie Hardie
How the Recession helped define a business philosophy.
Young Voices
An Internship with Opportunities … Minus the Mayo
Coralie Farinas
This is a tale of how recognizing opportunities and embracing chances can lead you down unexpected and fabulous paths.
NEW PRODUCTS
400PL Waterbreaker with Protective Ring
Dramm Corporation
NEW PRODUCTS
Bloomin’ Easy Panther Ninebark
Van Belle Nursery Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS
Burpee 2019 Vegetable Catalog
Burpee
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HopsHouse
Rough Brothers Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS
Osticade Osteospermum
Danziger
NEW PRODUCTS
Streamliners
Pleasant View Gardens Inc.