GROWERTALKS - November 2020 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 7)
Acres & Acres
Three Opinions on Spring 2021
Chris Beytes
You could do worse than give these retailers’ plans some consideration when making your own.
Corr on Cannabis
Cannabis & the Voting Booth
Dr. Brian Corr
What will the results of this election tell us about cannabis in the United States?
Cover Story
All Aboard the Efficiency Train
Jennifer Zurko
These growers made improvements in their operations in order to be more efficient and profitable, while also focusing on worker productivity and safety.
Culture Notes
Tophat Interspecific Begonia
Dr. Alicain Carlson & Dr. Jamie Gibson
Tophat Begonia is an exciting addition to the XL begonia class from Syngenta Flowers.
Features
Changes for the Better
Bill Calkins
Greenhouses across North America weigh in on COVID-related protocols they plan to continue in the future.
Features
How to Scale as You Grow
Janine Coppola
Anticipating a future greenhouse expansion requires careful planning and flexibility.
Features
PGRs for Liner Production
Christopher J. Currey
A review of PGRs that can be incorporated in liner production to reduce labor and improve crop quality.
Features
The Brave New World of Low-Mass Boilers
Jim Rearden
All year-round growers know that heating is the second-highest cost of operation, after labor expenses. As we approach winter, it’s time to take a hard look at how you heat, but there are so many choices of heating systems and so many questions to wrestle with.
Growers Talk Business
The Plug Doctor
Bill Swanekamp
It’s always sad to see one of our industry leaders succumb to the curse of death, but Dr. Dave Koranski will be remembered for a long time for his outstanding accomplishments for our industry.
Growers Talk Production
Uncertain Times
Roger McGaughey
It’s probably an understatement to say that spring this year threw us all into a predicament that none of us expected.
GT in Brief
AHS May Merge With APGA, Sell Its Headquarters
Chris Beytes
The American Horticultural Society (AHS), citing “financial challenges on a number of fronts, greatly magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic,” is looking for options to help the organization to “live on for the next 100 years and beyond.
GT in Brief
Fast and Flexible Transplanting
Chris Beytes
When you have to fill (and refill) more than 100 acres of greenhouses with bedding plants, how can you be both fast and flexible?
GT in Brief
MANTS Launches Business Hub
Jennifer Zurko
The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) announced details on its new MANTS.com Business Hub, developed to connect exhibitors and buyers during these changing and challenging times.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Ball FloraPlant; Ball Horticultural Co.; Ball Seed; BioTherm; Certis USA; Dümmen Orange; Signify
GT in Brief
Ping Ren Earns Breeder’s Cup Award
Chris Beytes
All-America Selections honored Dr. Jianping (Ping) Ren, Senior Plant Breeder at PanAmerican Seed, with their coveted AAS Breeder’s Cup Award.
GT in Brief
Scott Valentine Named CEO of Express Seed
Chris Beytes
Scott Valentine, former President of North America for Syngenta Flowers, was just named the new CEO of Express Seed Company.
GT in Brief
Sunshine Buys Esmeralda Group
Chris Beytes
On June 26, two cut flower giants, Sunshine Bouquet Company and the Esmeralda Group, entered into an agreement in which Sunshine Bouquet will acquire all of the operations of the Esmeralda Group in Ecuador, Colombia and the United States.
GT in Brief
Survey Says … New Customers Will Keep on Gardening!
Chris Beytes
This good news is from horticultural broker and distributor Griffin, which recently conducted a survey in which they asked questions of 1,000 respondents who say they had just begun gardening in the last six months.
GT in Brief
The Western Show Canceled
Ellen Wells
The 2021 Western, the show of the Western Nursery and Landscape Association, has been canceled.
Inside Look
Life (and Living Room) Re-arranging
Jennifer Zurko
I realized that I could have used a Lean Flow expert to help me re-arrange the furniture we still had in the front room to make room for the new sectional.
JZ on D.C.
A Virtual Check-in With Rep. Spanberger
Jennifer Zurko
In mid-September, I was invited to sit in on a virtual meeting with members of AmericanHort and Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA). Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, AmericanHort has been holding virtual check-in meetings and fundraisers with Washington D.C. legislators.
Pest Management
Consejos para la protección de las plantas y ahorro de costos
Dr. Aaron Palmateer
Comenzar limpio y mantenerse limpio de plagas y enfermedades es lo mejor que cualquier productor puede hacer para tener éxito en el manejo redituable de plagas y enfermedades.
Pest Management
Plant Protection Pointers & Cost Savings
Dr. Aaron Palmateer
Starting clean and staying clean is the best approach any grower can take to be successful with cost-effective pest and disease management.
Under an Acre
A Strategic Approach to Designing a Business
Anne-Marie Hardie
Located in Grants Pass, Oregon, Infinite Tree is a hemp nursery and consultant service providing information, research and seedlings to growers.
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