GROWERTALKS - March 2019 Issue (Vol. 82 No. 11)
Acres & Acres
Under the Influence
Chris Beytes
Do the posts of influencers move the needle at retail garden centers? Or do they only make for good headlines?
Corr on Cannabis
It’s a Puzzlement
Dr. Brian Corr
There are a lot of conundrums, contradictions and inconsistencies related to cannabis.
Cover Story
Today’s Tech
Chris Beytes
The world’s biggest horticulture show, IPM Essen in Essen, Germany, drew some 53,000 trade visitors from 46 nations to peruse the stands of more than 1,500 exhibitors. A small number of those exhibitors specialized in greenhouse equipment and technology.
Culture Notes
Time it Right
Chris Fifo
Scheduling echinacea for fall decoration.
Features
A Time to Grow
Bill Mathis
How to plan for a smooth process when you’re ready to expand.
Features
Avoiding Ammonium Toxicity
Ryan Dickson & Rosa E. Raudales
This last article in the series on grower case studies discusses how to prevent and correct ammonium toxicity.
Features
Is it Time to Upgrade?
Jennifer Zurko
Some things to consider when some of your equipment needs to be replaced.
Features
LEDs: Far Red & Light Intensity Interaction
Yujin Park & Erik Runkle­
Part two of a five-part series presents research-based information on how far-red light and light intensity interact to influence seedlings grown in fully controlled environments from a collaboration between Michigan State University and the American Floral Endowment.
Features
The Place for Perennials
Jennifer Zurko
For 40 years, Sandy’s Plants has been THE go-to place for the locals to get their perennials, from old favorites to novel varieties.
Features
The Real Cost of Borrowing
Mark E. Battersby
Before applying for that loan, make sure you have all of the information beyond just the interest rate and weigh the pros and cons.
Growers Talk Business
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Bill Swanekamp
Our industry is going through a time of change in this country in three main areas.
Growers Talk Production
Trade Show Experience
Roger McGaughey
Having a booth at a trade show vs. being an attendee offers very different perspectives.
Growing With Griffin
Broad Mites: A Game of Hide & Seek
Virginia Brubaker
Broad mites are a formidable, yet elusive, foe.
GT in Brief
Automating Perennials
Chris Beytes
A crew at Hampshire Farms uses Visser’s AutoStix to stick unrooted perennial salvia cuttings.
GT in Brief
Ball’s New Cut Flower Division
Jennifer Zurko
Late last year, Ball Horticultural Company began plans to develop a brand new business unit dedicated solely to the cut flower market.
GT in Brief
Innovative Growers Equipment Buys Midwest GROmaster’s Bench Business
Chris Beytes
Midwest GROmaster, a long-time manufacturer and supplier of ebb-and-flow benching systems and irrigation equipment to the horticulture industry, has decided to get out of the bench portion of the business to better support its sister companies, Midwest Trading and Midwest Groundcovers.
GT in Brief
Ken Altman on Buying (and Avoiding the Same Fate as) Color Spot
Chris Beytes
It’s no secret that when bankrupt Color Spot went up for bid at auction last July, Ken and Matt Altman wanted it.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bailey; BioWorks; Eason Horticultural Resources; J. Berry; Pacific Plug & Liner
GT in Brief
Registration for Rescheduled Plug & Cutting Conference Now Open
Jennifer Zurko
The Plug & Cutting Conference was originally scheduled for September of last year, but had to be cancelled because of Hurricane Florence. It’s now being held THIS September 4-6, still in Charlotte, North Carolina.
GT in Brief
Seed Your Future Launches Free Horticulture Career Exploration Tool
Jennifer Zurko
Much more than a basic alphabetical list of the almost 100 careers in the horticulture industry, the tool asks visitors to consider what they’re interested in and then lists careers in horticulture that might match their interests.
GT in Brief
Students Earn Spring Meadow—Proven Winners HRI Scholarships
Jennifer Zurko
Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announced the recipients of 2018-2019 Spring Meadow—Proven Winners Endowment Fund scholarships.
GT in Brief
What HRI is Funding This Year
Chris Beytes
Their slate of research projects for 2019, which they’ve funded to the tune of $437,200, includes retail plant purchasing habits, RFID and drones for nursery inventory, and using two different mediums in one pot to reduce nutrient and water use.
Inside Look
Staying Ahead
Jennifer Zurko
It pays to stay ahead of the game and this couldn’t be truer when it comes to your greenhouse equipment.
JZ on D.C.
JZ on D.C.
Jennifer Zurko
Labor issues may become prominent in 2019.
Pest Management
IPM & Insect Pests of Dahlias
Stanton Gill, Nancy Rechcigl, Suzanne Klick & Rachel Ross
You need to understand the mode of action(s) of insecticides and miticides to design effective rotation programs that will mitigate or delay resistance.
Pest Management
Mode of Action Groups 5 and 6
Dr. Raymond A. Cloyd
You need to understand the mode of action(s) of insecticides and miticides to design effective rotation programs that will mitigate or delay resistance.
Under an Acre
Embracing the Virtues of the Artist Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Hardie
An artist at heart, Stan Miklis—owner of Caliper Farm to Market in Union Valley, Texas—diligently carved out his own career in horticulture, bringing beautiful flowers to his local community.
NEW PRODUCTS
Azera Pro
MGK
NEW PRODUCTS
Dolphin Plant
Branette Farms LLC
NEW PRODUCTS
EDGE from Ball ColorLink
Ball Seed
NEW PRODUCTS
GrowSpan Series 2000
Growers Supply Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS
Imara XDR
Syngenta Flowers
NEW PRODUCTS
NuFiber
Nutrient Control Systems Inc.