GROWERTALKS - December 2020 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 8)
Acres & Acres
The Year in Rearview
Chris Beytes
The pandemic has dominated our lives and the news since March, but believe it or not, other stuff has happened, too.
Cover Story
Looking Back & Thinking Ahead
Jennifer Zurko
Ball Horticultural’s mother/ daughter duo of Anna and Susannah Ball on how to stay calm during multiple crises, planning for the future in a family business and how their differences make for a solid bond.
Features
A Surprise COVID-19 Tax Bill
Mark E. Battersby
If you participated in any of the pandemic-relief programs, you may be in for a rude wake-up call come tax-filing time.
Features
Beware Ransomware
Chris Beytes
If it can happen to a multinational company, it can happen to you—a ransomware attack. Here’s how it happened to Ball Horticultural Company and the lessons they want to share with you about protecting your business.
Features
Searching With Style
Bill Calkins
Rethink your job postings and discover candidates that will energize your company.
Features
The COVID Monkey Wrench
Jennifer Zurko
In our 25th annual survey, we found that wages and benefits were status quo this year. What is different is how the pandemic will affect your staffing and training moving into Spring 2021.
Growers Talk Business
Accounts Playable
Art Parkerson
For the past two months I’ve been entering all the payables and paying all the bills myself. Why would I do this?
Growers Talk Production
Let’s “Spring Into Action”
Austin Bryant
There’s a plethora of long-term issues owners should be focusing on, like 2021 spring numbers and new variety trials.
GT in Brief
75 Years of Poinsettia Experience
Chris Beytes
We wanted to feature Schaefer’s in our “In Brief” spread because the 94-year-old, fifth-generation business is up for sale and we thought this might be their last poinsettia crop.
GT in Brief
Eason’s New Perennials Booklet is Out
Ellen C. Wells
Eason just released their Hot New Perennials edition using information gathered from the young plant producers, the breeding companies and the breeders’ representatives.
GT in Brief
Green & Growin’ 21 Education Goes Virtual
Allison Westbrook
The three-day event hosted by the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA) kicks off Monday, January 11 with a new forum featuring top green industry businesses.
GT in Brief
Grimes to Close
Chris Beytes
The news about Grimes Horticulture of Concord, Ohio, came in an email to a few suppliers from co-owner Gary Grimes.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Dave “Dr. K” Koranski
Chris Beytes
I was saddened to hear about the passing on October 1 of an industry icon, David “Dr. K” Koranski, former horticulture professor and long-time industry consultant.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: George Lucht
Chris Beytes
George Lucht, long a fixture in Minnesota horticulture as patriarch at Malmborg’s Garden Center & Greenhouse in the Twin Cities area, passed away October 7 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
GT in Brief
IPM Essen Canceled
Chris Beytes
IPM Essen, planned for January 26-29 at the Messe Essen, has been canceled.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
BioAg; BioTerm; Darwin Perennials; Eason Horticultural Resources;FloraLife; OHP, Inc.
GT in Brief
One New Position, Four Promotions at Ball
Chris Beytes
Ball Horticultural Company has announced a new position: President of Ball Horticultural Company (BHC). Along with that comes four promotions.
GT in Brief
Save the Date for Cultivate!
Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort officially announced the dates for Cultivate’21: July 10-13, 2021.
GT in Brief
Western Nursery & Landscape Association to Dissolve
Jennifer Zurko
On August 31, 2020 the Board of Directors of the Western Nursery and Landscape Association announced that they’d unanimously decided not to hold its annual Western trade show event in January 2021.
Inside Look
What, Me Worry?
Jennifer Zurko
You need to be a special kind of person that stays calm in a crisis.
JZ on D.C.
Administration Announces New H-2A Wage Rule
Jennifer Zurko
On the afternoon of November 2, the AmericanHort advocacy team joined a White House briefing call announcing the Department of Labor (DOL) final H-2A wage rule.
Paul Talks Perennials
Change Is Constant, Change Is Good
Paul Pilon
Utilizing a “hands-on” approach that includes employee engagement, input and feedback provides a sense of involvement and ownership that usually results in their acceptance of change.
Pest Management
Major Pests of Herbaceous Perennials
Stanton Gill
Staying vigilant in a perennial nursery with a regular monitoring program as part of your IPM approach is the best course of action in catching these insects early and dealing with them before they become a major problem.
Pest Management
Principales plagas de plantas perennes
Stanton Gill
Mantenerse alerta en un vivero de plantas perennes con un programa de vigilancia regular como parte de su enfoque de IPM es el mejor curso de acción para atrapar a estos insectos de manera temprana y lidiar con ellos antes de que se conviertan en un problema mayor.
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