GROWERTALKS - July 2020 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 3)
Acres & Acres
On a Scale of 1 to 10 …
Chris Beytes
This year will go down in history as the strangest spring in anyone’s memory.
Corr on Cannabis
Which Way is Right?
Dr. Brian Corr
There are as many ways to grow cannabis as there are cannabis growers. Which method is best? The correct answer, like always, is it depends.
Cover Story
COVID Reflections
Jennifer Zurko
We asked some industry experts and thought leaders for their perspective on horticulture’s reaction to the pandemic crisis, what we learned and how we can use those lessons to remain successful—and essential—moving forward.
Features
CAST Through Zoom
Chris Beytes, Ellen C. Wells, Bill Calkins & Jennifer Zurko
Although the live event was cancelled because of COVID-19, the California Spring Trials continued on anyway, virtually from the comfort of our homes.
Features
Media Matters
Troy Buechel
Choosing the best growing medium by crop type and culture.
Growers Talk Business
Who Woulda Thought?
Bill Swanekamp
Who of us imagined six to eight months ago that a global pandemic would sweep the world and cause almost the compete shut down of the U.S. economy?
Growers Talk Production
New Kids on the Block
Roger McGaughey
For those of you who haven’t heard, GardenChoice is a new group in the world of horticulture dedicated to providing unique well-trialed perennials to our industry.
GT in Brief
AmericanHort Welcomes New Board Members
Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort announced the election of three new members to the Board of Directors, along with the installation of a new slate of officers.
GT in Brief
Endowment Established at Cornell University’s Long Island Extension Center
Jennifer Zurko
This endowment was established by five Long Island greenhouse businesses and is worth approximately $130,000. The interest that’s generated by the fund supports the research and extension programs at the Center.
GT in Brief
Farwest Cancelled
Chris Beytes
The Farwest Show, scheduled for the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, has been cancelled due to the state’s Governor announcing that no large events should take place in Oregon until at least through September.
GT in Brief
Fast-Cropping Fall Mums
Chris Beytes
Senior/Digital Editor Bill Calkins did a video interview with Cindy Drumgool, the Ball Mums Business and Product Manager, to find out how you might fast-crop some fall mums to meet expected demand.
GT in Brief
Fungicide Rotations for Impatiens Downy Mildew
Chris Beytes
We’re hearing that Impatiens Downy Mildew (IDM) is rearing its ugly head again in some markets.
GT in Brief
HRI Launches tHRIve Series
Ellen C. Wells
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) has created a new web-based series featuring key research findings that help environmental horticulture businesses grow.
GT in Brief
HRI Scholarships Announced
Matthew Chappell
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it’s accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 school year.
GT in Brief
Hunting Cool Plants with Mike Rimland
Chris Beytes
If you’ve had enough crop culture for now and want to do a little traveling of the world to seek out cool new plants, then you’ll enjoy this video featuring Mike Rimland, “Plant Hunter” for Costa Farms.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Professor William J. “Bill” Roberts
Chris Beytes
If you’ve got a double poly greenhouse, you can thank Dr. Bill Roberts, the inventor of the technology back in 1964.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bailey announced that Heather Poire is joining the brand management team in the newly-created role of Brand Representative.
GT in Brief
Perennials During a Pandemic
Jennifer Zurko
Darwin Perennials Day was renamed as Darwin Digital Days, with the one-day, in-person event becoming a week-long virtual affair.
GT in Brief
The 2020 Landscape Show Will Go On
Jennifer Zurko
The Landscape Show will take place as planned on September 17-19, 2020 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Inside Look
Opportunity from Turmoil
Jennifer Zurko
It seems like every generation or so, America needs a wake-up call.
JZ on D.C.
Initial USDA Coronavirus Farm Disaster Relief Announced
Jennifer Zurko
On May 19, USDA announced its rule implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
Pest Management
Control de Plagas Comunes en la Producción de Poinsetia
Dr. Aaron Palmateer
Las poinsetias son propensas al ataque de insectos nocivos y ácaros durante toda la temporada, por lo que un abordaje eficaz es indispensable para una producción de poinsetias de calidad.
Pest Management
Controlling Common Pests in Poinsettia Production
Dr. Aaron Palmateer
Poinsettias are subject to attack from insect pests and mites all season long, so effective management is a must for quality poinsettia production.
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