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GROWERTALKS - March 2021 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 11)
Acres & Acres
Rules for 2021
Chris Beytes
As an industry, we learned a few things about ourselves in 2020.
Corr on Cannabis
Cannabis as a Commodity
Dr. Brian Corr
Is cannabis a commodity? If it isn’t one now, will it become one? There are lots of maybes.
Cover Story
Appreciation for Our Associations
Jennifer Zurko
While you may have had a great 2020 sales-wise, our industry associations took some hits, having to scramble to provide you with alternatives to the in-person events we’re used to having. But the silver linings from having to pivot at the last minute offered new digital opportunities for their members and lots of optimism for the summer as COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out.
Culture Notes
Complete Your Shasta Daisy Program
Cor de Jong
New seed introductions in leucanthemum meet early spring and summer sales.
Hold, Please!
Christopher J. Currey
Strategies you can use to successfully hold plants.
Opportunities Abound!
Dr. Marvin N. Miller
Data from the latest Census of Horticultural Specialties shows that overall sales were down compared to the last census, but there are indicators for why this is and where the opportunities lie.
The COVID Emergency Relief Act
Mark E. Battersby
What was in the last coronavirus relief package and how it can impact your business.
Virtual Finds
Jennifer Zurko, Chris Beytes & Ellen C. Wells
Although we weren’t able to attend any of the January shows in person this year, we were still able to cobble together some great new product introductions to show you. We’re looking forward to being in person at MANTS, TPIE and IPM Essen next year, but for now, here are some new offerings in live goods, automation, technology and more.
Growers Talk Business
Can You Afford to Pay the Minimum Wage?
Bill Swanekamp
Two things are essential to pay that much and stay in business.
GT in Brief
A Geographic Look at Floriculture Sales
Dr. Marvin Miller
The 2019 Census data were just released in mid-December and here are results for floriculture sales.
GT in Brief
Beacon Sales to Benefit Pulmonary Fibrosis
Chris Beytes
PanAmerican Seed announced the charity that will benefit from a portion of global seed sales of the company’s Beacon downy mildew-resistant impatiens will be pulmonary fibrosis.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
The CEL Group; Eason Horticultural Services; RISE; SePRO
GT in Brief
Orange Petunias No Longer Banned
Chris Beytes
Thanks to a decision by the USDA, flower breeders and distributors can once again sell petunias containing the once-banned maize gene.
GT in Brief
PanAmerican Seed Announces Price Increases
Jennifer Zurko
PanAmerican Seed is announcing sweeping changes to the pricing structure for most of its crops starting May 2021.
GT in Brief
Profile Products Expands Horticulture Business
Jennifer Zurko
Profile Products, the manufacturer of HydraFiber horticulture substrates, and other soil and vegetation management solutions announced the acquisition of Sunterra Horticulture, a major producer of professional-grade sphagnum peat moss.
GT in Brief
Registration Open for Cultivate’21
Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort announced that general registration for Cultivate’21 begins March 9, with registration rates increasing after June 18.
GT in Brief
RIP Anthony “Tony” Venturino
Jennifer Zurko
Eason Horticultural Resources (EHR) is saddened to report the unexpected passing of former sales representative/customer service representative and long-time friend Anthony “Tony” Venturino.
GT in Brief
RIP Harold “Skip” Warp
Jennifer Zurko
Harold "Skip " G. Warp passed away peacefully in his home the morning of Friday, December 25, 2020.
GT in Brief
SNA Ceasing Operations After 121 Years
Chris Beytes
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced in January that the Board made the decision to shut down the organization, citing the cancellation of the SNA Conference (the association’s main source of income), as well as declining membership.
GT in Brief
The Latest NE Greenhouse Floriculture Guide Available
JC Chong
An updated New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide is now available.
GT in Brief
The New Ball Culture Guide Is Here!
Chris Beytes
The long-awaited, highly anticipated, much-appreciated Ball Culture Guide, The Encyclopedia of Seed Germination Fourth Edition, by the incomparable Jim Nau, is now available.
Inside Look
The Wisdom of Joni Mitchell
Jennifer Zurko
Her words from the song have proven to be prophetic when anyone experiences the loss of something they’ve always taken for granted.
JZ on D.C.
Biden Executive Orders
Jennifer Zurko
President Biden signed over 30 executive orders during his first week in office, including orders related to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and undoing various Trump Administration immigration and environment policies.
Pest Management
Release the Beasts
John Sanderson, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans & Ronald Valentin
How to apply predatory mites to your crop.
Under an Acre
The Final Frontier
Anne-Marie Hardie
The mountainous terrain of Homer, Alaska, is far from the simplest location to establish a new growing business. However, for Emily Garrity, owner of Twitter Creek Gardens, the raw land was ripe with potential.
Cha-Cha Series Calibrachoa
Ball FloraPlant
Classic Cannas Rhizomes
Abbott-Ipco, Inc.
Ebb and Flow Rolling Benches
Atlas Greenhouse
SF-20 Steam Generator Trailer Unit
Sioux Corporation
Sun Parasol Original Sunbeam
Suntory Flowers Ltd.
Weekender 16-in. Hanging Basket
Eckert's Greenhouse