GROWERTALKS - May 2019 Issue (Vol. 83 No. 1)
Acres & Acres
What Brian Said
Chris Beytes
I’ve been preaching the same thing Dr. Brian Corr said since the first mid-sized grower lost its big box business and the first large grower was acquired by a venture capital firm.
Corr on Cannabis
Change at Warp Speed
Dr. Brian Corr
The changes in the cannabis industry make my head spin.
Cover Story
The Point of Raising Prices
Jennifer Zurko
The cost of doing business has been going steadily higher, yet some growers are still reluctant to increase their prices. Why is our industry behind the pricing curve and what’s the best approach to asking your customers to pay more? We asked a few of your peers for tips based on how they’ve managed to raise their prices.
Features
A Little Far-Red Light Goes a Long Way
Mengzi Zhang, Yujin Park & Erik Runkle­
Part four of this series presents research-based information on how a relatively low intensity of far-red light influences seedlings grown in fully controlled environments, from a collaboration between Michigan State University and the American Floral Endowment.
Features
Back to Basics
Jennifer Zurko
Obvious—and not so obvious—ways you can save money on water, heating, plants and labor.
Features
Daily Light Integral
Alex Fermon
Optimizing production by controlling the total daily light delivered to greenhouse crops.
Features
Mycorrhizae 101
Ed Bloodnick & Troy Buechel
The relationship this beneficial fungus has with plant roots provides crops of all types the best start.
Features
Reaping the Benefits
Jennifer Zurko
Being a member of AmericanHort doesn’t just include entry into the Cultivate show; this industry organization offers benefits that you may not even know about. For the next few issues, we’ll speak to some members to learn how they value being a part of AmericanHort.
Features
Sensing the N
Ranjeeta Adhikari, Cheng Li & Krishna Nemali
Estimating nitrogen content in plants using your smartphone.
Growers Talk Business
It’s a “Process,” Not a “Project”
Abe VanWingerden
We get asked to wear many hats each day and too many times, we take a business problem and too quickly come to a solution.
Growers Talk Production
The Joys & Sorrows of Trialing
Heather Hydoski
Trialing is an interesting, exciting, sometimes frustrating, and a very crucial part of the production process.
Growing With Griffin
How to Manage Western Flower Thrips in Peak Season
Rick Yates
Thrips have a well-earned reputation for developing resistance to pesticides. Practicing a sound rotation strategy is key to slowing the progression of pesticide resistance.
GT in Brief
2019 Farwest Show to Have Dr. Charlie Hall as Keynote
Jennifer Zurko
The 2019 Farwest Show has announced agricultural economist Dr. Charlie Hall will deliver this year’s keynote address.
GT in Brief
2020 SNA Conference Announced
Jennifer Zurko
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans are underway to hold the 2020 SNA Conference once again at the Baltimore Convention Center on January 6-7, 2020, preceding the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) on January 8-10.
GT in Brief
AAS and NGB Elect New Officers and Directors
Jennifer Zurko
At recent meetings during the ASTA Flower and Vegetable Seed Conference in Orlando, Florida, All-America Selections (AAS) and National Garden Bureau (NGB) elected new officers and directors.
GT in Brief
Basewell Now Available in Perennials
Jennifer Zurko
Dümmen Orange introduced the next phase of Basewell at the California Spring Trials, which now includes top-selling perennial varieties, opening up the benefits of this innovative technology to perennial growers across North America.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Elisabeth “Jinx” Ecke
Chris Beytes
Elisabeth "Jinx" Ecke passed away in late March at the age of 87.
GT in Brief
Just Our Cup of Tea
Chris Beytes
Editors Ellen Wells and Jennifer Zurko focus their attention (and their cameras) on Heuchera Little Cutie Shimmer, one of two new heucheras shown to us by Terra Nova Nurseries at the California Spring Trials this year.
GT in Brief
Nexus Founder Passes Away
Chris Beytes
Donald Edwin McCrimmon, a long-time Colorado resident and engineer, passed away March 8 at the age of 94.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Dümmen Orange; PanAmerican Seed/Kieft Seed; Suntory Flowers; Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
GT in Brief
PanAmerican Seed Purchases Indoor Veggies from Dalina
Chris Beytes
PanAmerican Seed has purchased the Kitchen Minis program from Danish breeder Dalina Genetics.
GT in Brief
Proven Winners ColorChoice to Offer Ornamental Trees
Jennifer Zurko
Spring Meadow Nursery, the manager of Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs, will be adding ornamental trees to its lineup of woody plants in the 2019 growing season.
GT in Brief
UF Greenhouse Training Online Courses for 2019
Jennifer Zurko
The University of Florida IFAS Extension will be holding four-week, award-winning, online training courses in English and Spanish.
GT in Brief
Workshops and Tours You Can Take at Cultivate'19
Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort announced its lineup of more than 150 educational sessions, as well as half- and full-day workshops and production tours to provide knowledge, training and sharing of best practices within the green industry.
Inside Look
The Pain of Prices
Jennifer Zurko
You know you’re old when you start comparing the prices of today to what they were when you were younger.
JZ on D.C.
Registration is Now Open for the Impact Washington Summit
Jennifer Zurko
Registration and hotels are now open for the Impact Washington Summit being held on September 16-19, 2019 in Washington D.C.
Pest Management
Thwarted by Thrips? This Could be Why.
Dr. Sarah Jandricic
For the last few years, astute growers and consultants have noticed that thrips biocontrol programs don’t seem to be working as well as they used to.
Pest Management
Ways to Manage Mealybugs
Stanton Gill, Brian Kunkel, Suzanne Klick & Rachel Ross
The worst nightmare of greenhouse growers or a conservatory manager is mealybugs in the greenhouse. Once this pest is established, growers are guaranteed to spend endless hours and lots of money trying to get rid of this pest group.
Under an Acre
Investing in a Legacy
Anne-Marie Hardie
Brea Segger bought Ravenhill Herb Farm in 2014, turning the local landmark that had been there for close to a century into a place the community can get local herbs and produce.
Young Voices
Finding the Right Intern
Mason Day
There are students out there who are going to be knocking on our doors looking for jobs in the next couple years. What about the students who are already on the path to a career in our industry?
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