GROWERTALKS - February 2021 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 10)
Acres & Acres
Our Melting Combo Pot
Chris Beytes
Horticulture is made up of the most eclectic, interesting, broad-spectrum group of people one could ever be fortunate enough to meet, all of whom manage to get along just fine in spite of our differences.
Cover Story
Best Practices for Biocontrols, Part 1
John Sanderson, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans & Ronald Valentin
Delaying preparation for your beneficial agents’ arrival can cost you time and money. This article is the first in a series on how to prepare for when your biologicals arrive and what to do when they get there.
Features
Basil Downy Mildew Field Observations, Part 2
Stanton Gill & David Clement
Results from the second year of our basil downy mildew evaluation.
Features
Change It Up
Dr. Raymond A. Cloyd
The importance of rotating broad-spectrum insecticides.
Features
Crash Coarse
Jennifer Zurko
A quick look into what you missed if you weren’t able to attend AmericanHort’s DIG Conference.
Features
Examining Xanthomonas
Margery Daughtrey
Symptoms of this disease and which crops are the most susceptible.
Features
Fusarium: What Can You Do?
A.R. Chase
Tips on how to control this challenging disease.
Features
No Patience for Impatiens Downy Mildew in 2021
Nancy Rechcigl
An update on one of the most troublesome diseases of the last decade.
Features
Shifty ’pillars
Jennifer Zurko
The European pepper moth can sneak into your greenhouse and wreak havoc before you have a chance to implement control measures.
Features
The Best Under (Disease) Pressure
Amy Gard’ner
The importance of disease-resistant vinca in the southern market.
Growers Talk Business
Women Alone Have Power, Collectively We Have Impact
Amy Morris
When you put a group of women together, you realize each of their strengths and create a stronger force.
Growers Talk Production
Molecular Cooking in the Greenhouse
Albert Grimm
Production recipes may work nine times out of 10, but unless we know WHY they work, we haven’t much of a chance to fix things when they don’t.
GT in Brief
Central Garden & Pet’s Two Acquisitions
Chris Beytes
Central Garden & Pet, the owner since 2018 of Bell Nursery, announced that it’s acquiring Hopewell Nursery of Bridgeton, New Jersey.
GT in Brief
Hortistician Marvin Miller on the Latest USDA Data
Chris Beytes
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released both the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties and the Floriculture Crops: 2019 Summary in December.
GT in Brief
Jonathan Pedersen Promoted to CEO of Monrovia
Chris Beytes
Jonathan Pedersen was appointed CEO of world-renowned nursery Monrovia.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bailey; Ball Seed; BioWorks; SePRO
GT in Brief
Plantpeddler Installs Three Robots
Chris Beytes
In January, Cresco, Iowa-based young-plant and finished-plant producer Plantpeddler took delivery of three ISO Model 2500 Cutting Planters.
GT in Brief
RIP Harold Wilkins
Chris Beytes
Professor Harold Wilkins, a fixture of the floriculture education and research world for half a century or more passed away January 7 at the age of 87.
GT in Brief
RIP Matt Willoughby
Chris Beytes
Matt Willoughby, sales rep for Vaughan’s Horticulture, passed away January 5, and a young man—just 45, with so much life and horticulture left in him. He reportedly was a victim of the coronavirus.
GT in Brief
Syngenta Flowers Acquires Hydrangea Genetics From Bay City Flower
Jennifer Zurko
Syngenta Flowers announced the purchase of key hydrangea and other select genetics, along with the Hana Bay Flowers brand, from Bay City Flower Co.
GT in Brief
TreeTown USA’s New Name: Everde Growers
Chris Beytes
In December, TreeTown USA announced it would be rebranding to Everde Growers.
GT in Brief
Welcome Denielle Noe to Ball Publishing!
Jennifer Zurko
We’re very excited to welcome Denielle Noe as our new Publishing Assistant.
Inside Look
Preparation Inspiration
Jennifer Zurko
As I perused all of the content for this month’s issue, I realized the theme centers all around preparation.
JZ on D.C.
The New Cabinet Members That Will Directly Impact Our Industry
Jennifer Zurko
The Biden administration’s new cabinet members have barely moved into their offices, but our industry associations are already reaching out to the ones they’ll be working with directly to get support and implementation for legislation that impacts growers, retailers and floral businesses.
Paul's Pointers
Starting Strong
Paul Pilon
Many growers take for granted the benefits of having a strong start, and when less-than-ideal conditions are present from the beginning, they often struggle to stay ahead of these issues throughout the crop or the entire spring season.
Under an Acre
Merging of the Minds
Anne-Marie Hardie
Located in Pass Christian, Mississippi, Pine Hills Nursery is a third-generation, family-owned garden center that’s evolving into a horticulture destination.
TRENDING NOW
Coral Reef Soiree Kawaii Catharanthus
Suntory Flowers Ltd.
TRENDING NOW
HandPicked Vegetables
PanAmerican Seed
TRENDING NOW
LM-18
Lambert Peat Moss
TRENDING NOW
Paint the Town Fancy Dianthus
Walters Gardens Inc.
TRENDING NOW
Sultan Miticide
BASF
TRENDING NOW
TRAK-FREE Carriage System
Pipp Horticulture