GROWERTALKS - January 2020 Issue (Vol. 83 No. 9)
Acres & Acres
An Extraordinary Industry
Chris Beytes
What a retiring HR professional thinks of spending his last 20 professional years in horticulture.
Corr on Cannabis
Ant Wisdom
Dr. Brian Corr
There are plenty of outstanding cannabis companies who know what they’re busy about and will be the superstars to come.
Cover Story
A Day at the Circus
Jennifer Zurko
Our industry is more civically engaged than ever before and AmericanHort’s crack advocacy team is in the trenches of Capitol Hill making sure our voices are heard loud and clear. I spent a day as their shadow just as one of the most important pieces of legislation for our industry in decades was being pushed through.
Features
Dynamic Interaction
Bill Calkins
Why now is the right time to consider adding mycorrhizal fungi to your crop production strategy.
Features
Form & Function
Allison Westbrook
Nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients—it’s certainly the one that you probably provide in the highest quantity. But nitrogen comes in several forms. How do you know which to apply? Here’s a primer on forms of N.
Features
Making, Mixing or Buying
Dr. Brian E. Jackson
This second article in a five-part series highlights some of the pros and cons of choosing to make your own wood substrate materials vs. purchasing a commercial product.
Features
Overcoming Grass Fatigue
Josiah Raymer
Alternatives to popular ornamental grasses to keep your selection fresh.
Features
Perfecting Perennial Propagation
Chris Fifo
Rooting perennial cuttings isn’t exceptionally difficult, but there are a number of best practices for perfecting the process.
Features
Try DIF on Bedding Plants
Julie Martens Forney
DIF gives you options for controlling bedding plant height. It’s in your toolbox, thanks to research funding from the American Floral Endowment. Learn how to use DIF to help regulate stem elongation in your bedding crops.
Growers Talk Business
Another Decade
Abe VanWingerden
The year 2020 can be a great year and 2020-2029 can be a great decade, but what’s your plan of action to navigate through the decade?
Growers Talk Production
Handling Loss and Grief in the Greenhouse
Heather Hydoski
The duration, frequency and intensity of the grief process is impacted by the manner of death and is exacerbated if the death is unexpected, which is exactly what occurred on our loading dock.
GT in Brief
$11 Million More for Pest Management Research
Chris Beytes
The Society of American Florists (SAF) reports that USDA Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins has announced the National Institute of Food and Agriculture has invested another $11 million in the Minor Crop Pest Management program (IR-4).
GT in Brief
Ball Adds Supplier Quality Rating to WebTrack
Chris Beytes
Just as other modern social media tools offer ratings of restaurants, sellers, your Uber driver and so on, Ball Seed is now making it easy for you to select a young plant supplier based on how good a job they do for customers.
GT in Brief
Danziger Announces NA Partnership with Rinehart Poinsettias
Jennifer Zurko
Danziger announced a new partnership with Rinehart Poinsettias.
GT in Brief
Danziger Partners with Gerbera Breeder
Jennifer Zurko
Danziger has become the exclusive worldwide distributor of Montiplanta Gerbera varieties and the supplier of plant material worldwide.
GT in Brief
HRI Sets New Strategic Research Focus
Jennifer Zurko
HRI identified research priorities to tackle the challenges, capitalize on the trends and opportunities, better direct its research investments and leverage federal funding.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Ed Lynde
Chris Beytes
Our condolences to the Lynde family of Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery, which lost patriarch Edward Spencer “Ed” Lynde November 20. He was 71.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Marty Orban
Chris Beytes
Third-generation nurseryman Marty Orban of Orban’s Nursery in Bradenton, Florida, passed away November 6 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was just 67.
GT in Brief
NGMA Saves Your Glazing
Chris Beytes
Not to overstate the situation, but if the National Greenhouse Manufacturer’s Association hadn't been monitoring the International Code Council (ICC) actions, you might have found your glass or polycarbonate greenhouse in violation of new energy codes.
GT in Brief
Plant Sentry is AmericanHort’s Newest Affinity Program Partner
Jennifer Zurko
Plant Sentry is a software program pioneered by Nature Hills Nursery that provides a comprehensive plant compliance tool designed to ensure that wholesale, retail and e-commerce vendors grow and ship only plants that are fully compliant with all federal regulations and restrictions of all 50 states.
GT in Brief
Proven Winners Awards $25,000 in Scholarships
Jennifer Zurko
This year, Proven Winners received applications from more than 100 young men and women enrolled in four-year colleges and universities, graduate programs, and technical or two-year post-secondary programs.
GT in Brief
Shinoda Foundation Announces Recipients of Annual Scholarship Awards
Jennifer Zurko
Elite students from some of the country’s top floriculture programs received awards totaling $23,500 as the Shinoda Foundation Board of Trustees presented its annual scholarships.
GT in Brief
USDA to Conduct 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties
Jennifer Zurko
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties this winter to provide a comprehensive picture of the U.S. horticulture industry.
GT in Brief
Why Ball Built These Greenhouses
Chris Beytes
You’re looking at the first new greenhouses constructed on the Ball Horticultural Company West Chicago, IL campus since the ’90s.
Inside Look
Under the Big Top
Jennifer Zurko
When Showtime first aired, “The Circus,” their docu-series about American politics, my first thought was that the name of the show was brilliant. There really is no better way to describe what goes on in Washington D.C.
JZ on D.C.
House Ag Labor Bill Passes the House
Jennifer Zurko
On Wednesday, December 11, the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) passed the House in a bipartisan vote of 260-165.
Pest Management
All Coppers Are Not Created Equal
A. R. Chase
Copper fungicides represent one of the broadest-spectrum groups in our arsenal, but checking the labels for six copper fungicides shows some differences in their exact copper source, amount of metallic copper equivalent, REI and approved application method.
Under an Acre
Bringing the Culture Back to Agriculture
Anne-Marie Hardie
From a fairly young age, Camelia Frieberg, owner of Watershed Farm in Nova Scotia, had a strong interest in growing food.
Young Voices
A Year of Learning
Luís Gustavo Costa
A young student from Brazil shares his story about interning in the United States.
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Jelitto Perennial Seeds
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Fuerte Herbicide
OHP Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS
HandPicked Vegetables Collection
PanAmerican Seed
NEW PRODUCTS
Liv in Wax
WBD Holland
NEW PRODUCTS
SporeCam Sensors
LumiGrow Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS
Telescoping Handi-Reach Handle
Dramm Corporation