GROWERTALKS - January 2019 Issue (Vol. 82 No. 9)
Acres & Acres
Canned Tuna Reflects a Changing Tide
Chris Beytes
How are we evolving to meet changing needs, tastes and desires?
Corr on Cannabis
The Complexity of Cannabis Breeding
Dr. Brian Corr
Plant breeding—as we normally think of it, with directed crosses, population evaluation, back crossing, etc.—isn’t easy in cannabis.
Cover Story
Heated Up
Jennifer Duffield White
Are renewables thriving or stalling?
Features
Diving Into Loss Deductions
Mark E. Battersby
If your operation has experienced a loss because of natural disaster or theft, you may qualify for a tax break.
Features
From Beets to Baskets
Jennifer Zurko
The success of Virginia grower Cros-B-Crest Farm has been led by both history and embracing change.
Features
Funding Research That Helps You Succeed
Julie Martens Forney
By funding university research, the American Floral Endowment solves everyday issues you face in your business. Things like DIF, poinsettia powdery mildew control and specialty cut flowers all have their roots in AFE research. Learn how AFE shapes how you handle crops.
Features
Out of Sight, (Not) Out of Mind
Eric Smith
Don’t forget about that nasty, slimy biofilm that’s creeping into your irrigation system.
Features
Trays Too Dry?
Ryan Dickson & Rosa Raudales
The second of a four-part article series on grower case studies focuses on reaching target moisture levels when sticking cuttings.
Growers Talk Business
Rinse & Repeat—Great Instructions
Abe VanWingerden
The things that we do every year to run our businesses really form a set of guiding principles that we can use to motivate our teams.
Growers Talk Production
The Benefits of Beneficials
Heather Hydoski
Using a biological control system allowed us to grow a complicated crop for 11 weeks without using an adulticide pest spray and avoiding neonic use.
Growing With Griffin
To Sunfinity and Beyond!
Jeanne Svob
A high-quality interspecific sunflower, Sunfinity is a vigorous, branching variety that continuously produces many large flowers per plant.
GT in Brief
AFE Appoints New Chairman and Trustees
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced that Jim Daly, VP of Floralife/Smithers-Oasis has been elected to serve a two-year term as AFE Chairman.
GT in Brief
Allen Hammer Scholarship Awarded to KSU Student
Chris Beytes
Karen Schneck has been awarded the Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship, which was founded by Allen’s employer, Dümmen Orange.
GT in Brief
College Students Become Flower Farmers for Float Creation
Jennifer Zurko
This past fall, students from Cal Poly Universities harvested marigolds, strawflower and statice grown from seeds that adorned Cal Poly’s 2019 float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.
GT in Brief
Diego Slams Mid-Atlantic
Chris Beytes
Growers and retailers throughout much of North Carolina and Virginia dealt with an early and deep snowfall the weekend of December 8.
GT in Brief
Floriculture Production Data to Return!
Chris Beytes
Good news out of the USDA: They’re reinstating the annual Floriculture Crops Summary, which was cancelled after the 2015 survey due to budget issues.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Gus De Hertogh
Chris Beytes
August A. “Gus” De Hertogh, a former North Carolina State University department head, passed away October 26.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Abbott-Ipco; American Beauties; Argus Controls; Dümmen Orange; Henry F. Michell Co.
GT in Brief
Plug & Cutting Conference Has Been Rescheduled
Chris Beytes
You’ll recall that AmericanHort wisely cancelled their Plug & Cutting Conference, which was scheduled to begin Monday, September 17, in Charlotte, North Carolina, when Hurricane Florence raised her ugly head and threatened the region.
GT in Brief
Stachys Hummelo is Perennial Plant of the Year for 2019
Chris Beytes
The Perennial Plant Association has awarded the title Perennial Plant of the Year 2019 to Stachys Hummelo.
GT in Brief
Syngenta to Launch IDM-Resistant Impatiens at Spring Trials
Chris Beytes
It’s called Imara XDR and it will be the first impatiens downy mildew-resistant impatiens to get a full launch into the U.S. market, at Syngenta’s California Spring Trials exhibit in March.
Inside Look
Reboots, Remember Whens & Whatever Happened Tos
Jennifer Zurko
Jen White’s cover story got me thinking about “remember whens” and “whatever happened tos” because these are the questions she answers regarding alternative energy.
JZ on D.C.
JZ on D.C.
Jennifer Zurko
Making the tax code more business-friendly; Lobbying events—CAD & Impact Washington; How the House turnover will affect us; New Farm Bill passes
Pest Management
Another Tool in the Arsenal Against Aphids
Rose Buitenhuis & Michelangelo La Spina
A strategic approach to aphid management.
Under an Acre
A True Labor of Love
Anne-Marie Hardie
Jolea Gress and Jennifer Hotz, founders of Green Earth Growers, built a successful growing operation with enthusiasm, passion and a lot of hard work.
Young Voices
Don’t Kill the Vibe
Lauren Kirchner
The exercise of re-categorizing plants into more personified collections is a thrust that has immense potential in attracting new consumers.
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Ball Seed
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FOAM8L Compression Foamer
Dramm Corporation
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Swan Gardenias Series
McCorkle Nurseries Inc.
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Under the Rim Tags
MasterTag
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Web-based Software
Agrilyst Inc.