GROWERTALKS - January 2021 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 9)
Acres & Acres
Chill, Dude
Chris Beytes
Based on conversations I’ve had recently with industry insiders who are vastly smarter than me, I should be more sanguine.
Corr on Cannabis
Biden Bites & Trump Truffles
Dr. Brian Corr
Ironically, it appears the U.S. election caused jitters and some people turned to cannabis for relief.
Cover Story
The Current State of Substrates in 2021
Dr. Brian E. Jackson
Some perspectives on the current and future challenges, availability and innovations of the growing media industry both here in North America and in Europe.
Features
A Case Study in Lean
Jennifer Zurko
The folks at Spring Meadow were early skeptics of Lean Flow, but after seeing double-digit increases, they are now firm believers.
Features
Adding the IRS as a Creditor
Mark E. Battersby
If you find that you owe when tax time comes—and you know you can’t pay—the IRS has options to help.
Features
Certain About Uncertainty
Jennifer Zurko
Everyone’s favorite ag economist Dr. Charlie Hall tells us how to plan for this spring after the anomalies of 2020, even when the outlook is unknown.
Features
Pesticides, Water Quality & $$$
Dr. Sarah A. White
How water quality can sometimes impact pesticide efficacy and management strategies to get the most out of your pesticides.
Features
Training Your Team to Water Properly
Bill Calkins
Fish grow in water; roots grow in air.
Growers Talk Business
2021: An Inflection Point Year for the Industry
Abe VanWingerden
How do we make 2020 the springboard to a decade of growth in our industry?
Growers Talk Production
Rooted in Resolution
Stephanie Berkhout
One thing that the coronavirus couldn’t inhibit is the inclination for many of us to create a New Year’s resolution.
GT in Brief
Beekenkamp Takes Minority Share in Schoneveld Breeding
Chris Beytes
Two Dutch breeding, production and sales companies have joined forces, citing “joint opportunities in exchanging knowledge of innovative breeding techniques and research.”
GT in Brief
Certified American Grown Now a Trade Association
Chris Beytes
Certified American Grown is now a full-fledged, bonafide independent trade association representing cut flower and greens farmers nationwide.
GT in Brief
Gloeckner’s Reaches Distribution Agreement With Ball Seed
Chris Beytes
Rather than sell the business intact, Joe Simone has come to an agreement with Ball Horticultural Company to transfer Gloeckner’s open orders to Ball Seed, its distribution division.
GT in Brief
HC’s Fiber Solutions Earn USDA Certification
Jennifer Zurko
The HC Companies is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Labeling Program for both their EcoGrow and FiberGrow lines of sustainable growing containers, as well as their fiber protective packaging solutions.
GT in Brief
Monrovia CEO Stepping Down After 40 Years
Jennifer Zurko
Monrovia Nursery Company announced that Miles Rosedale will step down from his role as CEO, but remain Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors.
GT in Brief
NGA Show & Indoor Ag-Con to Get Hitched in Vegas
Chris Beytes
If you’re looking for indoor farming resources combined with independent grocery contacts, then head to Vegas next May 16-19, specifically the new Caesars Forum Convention Center, where you’ll find two co-located shows.
GT in Brief
Offshore Farm Certification Goes Into Effect
Chris Beytes
After several years of pilot testing, a plan to help streamline the inspection of cuttings coming in from offshore farms is going into effect this winter.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
BioWorks; HydraFiber; Syngenta Flowers; Terra Nova Nurseries; Wadsworth Control Systems
GT in Brief
Socially-Distanced Send-off for Sim
Chris Beytes
Retiring Sim McMurry gets the thumbs up from his colleagues at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, North Carolina.
GT in Brief
Soiree Sales Support Girls, At-Risk Youth
Chris Beytes
Suntory Flowers announced charitable contributions to two organizations devoted to helping young people thrive: Girls Inc. and Covenant House.
GT in Brief
Vita Farms Gets MPS A+ Certification
Chris Beytes
Vita Farms, ForemostCo Inc.’s production facility in Guatemala, has achieved an A+ rating in the MPS-ABC registration system, showing its “complete dedication to sustainable production."
Inside Look
Listen to Your “Soul Clock”
Jennifer Zurko
As you enter your busy production time, I hope that you can trust your “soul clock” (or gut or intuition or whatever you call it) to help you keep moving forward.
JZ on D.C.
Legislative Priorities for AmericanHort and the Industry
Jennifer Zurko
Now that the election is over and there will be a change in administration, I wanted to get a quick idea of how this affects AmericanHort’s Government Affairs team in their approach to our industry’s legislative goals.
Pest Management
Debunking Myths About Spotted Lanternfly
JC Chong
Spotted Lanternfly has generated many attention-grabbing headlines and a lot of hype.
Pest Management
Major Insect Pests of Dahlias
Stanton Gill, Nancy Rechcigl, Suzanne Klick & Heather Zindash
Use of systemic insecticides combined with biological control can help keep populations manageable.
Under an Acre
A Business Shaped by Three Generations
Anne-Marie Hardie
The story of The Rhoads Garden began in 1939 when founder Walter Rhoads and his business partner William Lukens decided to venture into the cut flower industry.
TRENDING NOW
Drops of Jupiter Origanum
Walters Gardens Inc.
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LM-191 All-Purposr Mix
Lambert Peat Moss
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Olympia Boulevard Evipo099 Clematis
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Pradia Insecticide
OHP Inc.
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PVGVirtual Market Series
Pleasant View Gardens Inc.
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THRIVE Landscape Solutions
Ball Seed