GROWERTALKS - June 2020 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 2)
Acres & Acres
As for Next Spring … ?
Chris Beytes
How do you plan for next season when this season was a crazy, roaring, raging, once-in-a-lifetime anomaly?
Cover Story
Optimism in the Face of a Pandemic
Jennifer Zurko
Read the essays of this year’s GrowerTalks/Nexus Young Grower Award nominees as they find their way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Culture Notes
Growing Heliopsis Punto Rosso Compact
Steve Rinehart
Heliopsis Punto Rosso Compact features bright golden-yellow daisy flowers with continual summer flowering—an easy pick in the garden center if flowering plants are presented.
Features
Greenhouse Safety in a Pandemic & Post-COVID World
Bill Calkins
Best practices for establishing protocols to keep workers safe in North American production greenhouses.
Features
Light Control in Greenhouses
Alex Fermon
To maintain specific light levels, there are two principle methods.
Features
Managing Propagation Mist
James E. Faust
How to know the proper application of mist during propagation.
Features
Taking Control
Jennifer Zurko
What you want and need from your climate control system ties in to the modern technology you already have in your hands.
Features
The Impact of LEDs on Floriculture Germination & Propagation
Bill Calkins
North American growers continue to adopt LED lighting technology and positive results are being reported in the early stages of plant production.
Growers Talk Business
Be Wise—Stick With the Plan
Amy Morris
It makes us all elated that we’re selling, but we have to be conscious of not thinking this is going to happen next year.
Growers Talk Production
Last Chance to Learn
Albert Grimm
Suddenly, garden vegetables are a hot item again and I suspect that many first-time greenthumbers will find out the hard way that growing carrots is not as simple as Google might make you believe.
Growing With Griffin
Algae Growth: How to Prevent a Slippery Slope
Karen Stever
The risks associated with algae extend beyond human injury.
GT in Brief
AAS-NGB Summer Summit 2020 Postponed
Jennifer Zurko
The All-America Selections, National Garden Bureau and Home Garden Seed Association 2020 Summer Summit planning team has decided to postpone the Summer Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, that was supposed to be held September 9-12, 2020 to September 8-11, 2021.
GT in Brief
Cultivate’20 Will Be Online Instead of Live
Chris Beytes
Cultivate’20 will not be held in the Columbus Convention Center in July. Instead, AmericanHort is taking the event online and dubbing it “Cultivate’20 Virtual.”
GT in Brief
Darwin Goes Digital
Ellen C. Wells
Like what parent company Ball Horticultural decided to do with its California Spring Trials, Darwin Perennials is taking its annual Darwin Perennials Day and going digital with it.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: August “Sonny” Hummert III
Chris Beytes
August “Sonny” Hummert, the third generation owner of the famous horticultural distribution company Hummert International, passed away suddenly on May 2 while enjoying a walk with Kathy.
GT in Brief
New Dates for FNGLA Convention
Jennifer Zurko
In light of the current restrictive nature of gatherings due to the COVID-19 virus, new dates for the 2020 FNGLA Annual Convention are set for Friday and Saturday, August 14-15, 2020 with optional activities taking place Thursday, August 13.
GT in Brief
New IDM Grower Guidelines, Fungicide Rotations
Bill Calkins
Ball Seed has released revised Impatiens Downy Mildew (IDM) Guidelines for Growers with new Fungicide Rotation Information.
GT in Brief
No Masking Their Enthusiasm
Chris Beytes
Social distancing and the required wearing of face masks has not deterred shoppers; to the contrary, they’ve been turning out in droves and spending record amounts.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
BioWorks, Inc.; Certis USA; Dramm; Dümmen Orange; Sakata Seed America; Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
GT in Brief
OSHA Revises Its COVID-19 Recordkeeping Requirements
Jennifer Zurko
The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) is no longer requiring most employers to record COVID-19 cases due to potential difficulty in making determinations about whether workers who contracted COVID-19 did so at work.
GT in Brief
Ralstonia Found on Geraniums in Michigan
Chris Beytes
In April, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the detection of Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 in the geranium cultivar Fantasia Pink Flare in a Michigan greenhouse.
GT in Brief
The 2020 Michigan Garden Plant Tour is Still On
Jennifer Zurko
The 17th annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour, which offers commercial growers, landscapers, public garden employees and other industry professionals the opportunity to learn about new and existing ornamental plant selections, will be held from July 27 to August 7.
Inside Look
Rolling With the Changes
Jennifer Zurko
During the last few months, we’ve all had to adjust our personal and professional lives to keep ourselves, our families and our co-workers safe.
JZ on D.C.
Does Presidential Proclamation Hurt Horticulture?
Jennifer Zurko
On April 22, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation halting the issuance of new green cards for 60 days.
Paul Talks Perennials
Change is Good
Paul Pilon
With stay-at-home orders in place and reduced sales, many growers needed to grow their perennials significantly different than they originally planned.
Pest Management
Honeydew: What Is It?
Dr. Raymond A. Cloyd
Honeydew can be produced in copious amounts by most sucking insects and also serves as a growth medium or substrate for black sooty mold, which can reduce the plant’s ability to manufacture food by means of photosynthesis.
Under an Acre
The Path Less Travelled
Anne-Marie Hardie
The Garden in Salt Spring, British Columbia, is home to over 40 exotic citrus plants and avocados that are grown exclusively with renewable energy and thermal mass.
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