GROWERTALKS - September 2020 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 5)
Corr on Cannabis
Bitter With the Better
Dr. Brian Corr
What matters is evaluating the balance, considering both positives and negatives.
Cover Story
Kindness Counts
Jennifer Zurko
Stephanie Berkhout, this year’s GrowerTalks/Nexus Young Grower Award winner, approaches everything life throws at her with the kind of positivity and perseverance we can all learn from.
Features
Cultivate From Home
Chris Beytes, Jennifer Zurko, Ellen C. Wells, Jennifer Polanz, Bill Calkins
Here’s what we saw and learned while we were clicking around the booths at Cultivate’20 Virtual.
Features
Losses: Waste Not
Mark E. Battersby
How your business could profit from this year’s losses.
Features
Starting Smart
Troy Buechel
Tips for young plant propagation.
Features
Vegetable Fertility Basics for Flower Growers
Dr. Alicain S. Carlson, Dr. Yanjun “Cecilia” Guo & Jeannine R. Bogard
With vegetables, the key to consumer success and repeat sales is building a strong plant structure that will support the fruit load later in the season.
Growers Talk Business
Industry Momentum or Just a Great Spring?
Abe VanWingerden
Rather than bury ourselves in endless daily COVID-19 studies or weekly vaccine progress, it’s actually time for us to bury ourselves in our own sales, regional economy, consumer and anecdotal data to make great calls on what to do next year.
Growers Talk Production
Water You Gonna Do About It?
Stephanie Berkhout
Yes, there’s vulnerability behind “I don’t know,” but there’s also incredible strength and opportunity in admitting that.
GT in Brief
A Little Bit Different
Jennifer Zurko
The scene from our drone Snoopy looks a little bit different this year. And that’s because A LOT of things are different due to the coronavirus pandemic.
GT in Brief
AIB Symposium to Be Virtual
Jennifer Zurko
COVID-19 required America In Bloom (AIB) to change their in-person event in St. Louis to their first-ever virtual event, which will be held September 30-October 2.
GT in Brief
Armitage Releases Perennial Book Update
Matthew Chappell
The fourth edition of “Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes” hit the shelves in both hardback and paperback editions.
GT in Brief
Bayer Introduces New Spanish Pest Identification Guide
Matthew Chappel
As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Environmental Science business of Bayer, part of the company’s Crop Science division, has created a new Spanish Pest Identification Guide to effectively communicate important technical information about pests to Spanish-speaking laborers in greenhouse and nursery operations.
GT in Brief
California Cut Flower Commission Suspended; Certified American Grown to Take Over
Chris Beytes
In a referendum back in April, California’s cut flower segment voted to suspend operation of the state’s Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) as of December 31.
GT in Brief
FNGLA Convention Postponed to June 2021
Jennifer Zurko
Due to the pandemic, the FNGLA Annual Convention will be postponed until June 11-12, 2021.
GT in Brief
GrowerTalks Launches Greenhouse Podcasts
Chris Beytes
Got time on your hands and want to slap in some earbuds? Then check out TECH ON DEMAND, brought to you by GrowerTalks.
GT in Brief
Help Support AmericanHort
Chris Beytes
The big challenge for American-Hort is that Cultivate generates a significant part of their programming and operating expenses every year, and having to cancel the live event this past July put a big dent in their budget.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Harry Kloppenburg
Jennifer Zurko
Dümmen Orange announced that board member and one of its original founders, Harry Kloppenburg, unexpectedly passed away on July 15.
GT in Brief
MANTS Moving to Online
Jennifer Zurko
Due to COVID-19 concerns, ongoing restrictions on large indoor gatherings, and unforeseen unavailability at the Baltimore Convention Center, MANTS announced in early August that the 2021 show, initially scheduled for January 6-8, is unable to take place as an in-person event.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bailey
GT in Brief
Star Roses and Plants’ 2020 Open House Goes Virtual
Jennifer Zurko
The Star Roses and Plants’ annual Open House is going virtual this year.
GT in Brief
The SNA Conference Goes Virtual
Jennifer Zurko
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced that The SNA Conference will be delivered through a virtual platform in 2021.
Inside Look
Special Sayings
Jennifer Zurko
Some people hear a saying or phrase and adopt it as their own personal mantra.
JZ on D.C.
USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP
Jennifer Zurko
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced in August that additional commodities—which now includes horticulture and nursery products—are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
Pest Management
Las suculentas también tienen problemas
Dr. Aaron Palmateer
Al igual que con cualquier planta, las suculentas no son inmunes a los trastornos y aprendemos más a medida que cultivamos más suculentas.
Pest Management
Succulents Have Problems, Too
Dr. Aaron Palmateer
Just like with any plant, succulents aren’t immune to disorders and we learn more as we grow more succulents.
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