GROWERTALKS - August 2020 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 4)
Acres & Acres
1,000
Chris Beytes
For the past 83 years and four months of continuous publishing, from the end of the Great Depression through WWII and various other conflicts, economic booms and downturns, and several energy crises, GrowerTalks has always remaining focused on one task: Helping you grow and sell better crops.
Cover Story
Celebrating the 1,000th Issue of GrowerTalks
Anna Ball
As my grandfather saw it, everyone stood to benefit if all the information was shared. That was the basis for GrowerTalks then and it remains the basis today.
Features
Being Efficient in a New Normal
Gary Cortés
During the stress of dealing with a COVID-19 spring, the inefficiencies at growing operations really stood out.
Features
Best Practices for DIF on Poinsettias
Julie Martens Forney
Got poinsettias? Then you need DIF. This efficient growing tool can help you bring your poinsettia crop in on time and to spec—and it’s all possible thanks to research funding from the American Floral Endowment. Brush up on your DIF skills for your best poinsettia season ever.
Features
Woodies for Our Winged Friends
Dr. Matthew Chappell
Extending the pollinator season with shrubs.
Features
Zoom CAST Part 2
Chris Beytes, Ellen C. Wells, Bill Calkins, Paul Pilon & Jennifer Zurko
The Bobbleheads are back for the second part of our virtual Spring Trials coverage, including innovative new perennials, dramatic shrubs and more.
Growers Talk Business
More Cash Than We Know What to Do With
Art Parkerson
Let’s show our gratefulness by not blowing our harvest from a false spring, lest the second Thanksgiving of 2020 is far more somber than the one we enjoyed in April.
Growers Talk Production
Oh, the Uncertainty! (Not Another COVID-19 Article)
Austin Bryant
This pandemic is forcing changes in our industry that will make it look and feel very different for many years to come.
GT in Brief
Canadian Greenhouse Conference Goes Virtual
Chris Beytes
Like so many other shows, the Canadian Greenhouse Conference is cancelling its trade show, originally scheduled for October 7 and 8 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
GT in Brief
CAST Moves to June
Chris Beytes
The California Spring Trials, normally held in late March or early April, is officially moving to the end of June in 2021, making it the California Summer Trials.
GT in Brief
Costa Acquires DeLeon’s Bromeliads
Chris Beytes
In mid-June, Costa Farms announced the acquisition of Florida grower DeLeon’s Bromeliads.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Gary Falkenstein
Chris Beytes
Well-known horticulture industry executive Gary Falkenstein passed away June 5 from complications following surgery. He was 75.
GT in Brief
Mark Schermer Named New Boss at Syngenta Flowers
Chris Beytes
Syngenta Flowers has just announced that Michael Kester will retire at the end of 2020 after 42 years at Syngenta and Mark Schermer is being appointed as his successor as global head of Syngenta Flowers.
GT in Brief
Mum Anticipation
Bill Calkins
You’re looking at 8,000 of the 20,000 garden mums currently in production at Fairview Farms in Whately, Massachusetts.
GT in Brief
Northeast Greenhouse Conference Cancelled
Jennifer Zurko
The New England Floriculture Board and Extension Representatives have decided to postpone the Northeast Greenhouse Conference that was scheduled for this November to the fall of 2021 because of safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
HIP Labels; Sakata Seed America
GT in Brief
SAF’s Annual Convention Cancelled
Jennifer Zurko
The Society of American Florists’ 137th annual convention that was supposed to be held in Phoenix in September has been cancelled.
GT in Brief
tHRIve Videos Feature Hort Research Results
Chris Beytes
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) has created a new web-based series featuring key research findings that help horticulture businesses grow.
GT in Brief
Virtual Conference to Look at “Recovery from Crisis”
Chris Beytes
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is organizing an all-day online conference September 15 called “Recovery from Crisis—the Future for Ornamentals."
Inside Look
A Small Contribution to 1,000 Issues
Jennifer Zurko
Do you ever notice that when you’re a part of something that’s old and steeped in history, you find yourself feeling very small?
Paul Talks Perennials
Need a Light Bulking?
Paul Pilon
It’s amazing how light quality, intensity, total amount per day and duration can influence how a crop looks or grows and to help achieve certain objectives.
Pest Management
Alimentación a base del huésped por parasitoides
Dr. Raymond A. Cloyd
Algunos parasitoides liberados en ambientes cerrados, como los sistemas de producción de invernadero, pueden regular las poblaciones de plagas de insectos matándolos al poner huevos o al alimentarse del huésped.
Pest Management
Host Feeding by Parasitoids
Dr. Raymond A. Cloyd
Some parasitoids that are released into enclosed environments, such as greenhouse production systems, may regulate insect pest populations by killing them when laying eggs or when host feeding.
Pest Management
It’s Time to Fall for Mums
Nancy Rechcigl
A programmatic approach for successful production.
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