GROWERTALKS - April 2021 Issue (Vol. 84 No. 12)
Acres & Acres
The COVID Generation
Chris Beytes
What impact will the pandemic have on the current generation of young people?
Cover Story
Keeping Your Current Greenhouse Current
Jennifer Zurko
What should you be doing with your facility to stay ahead of the curve in your market?
Features
Greenhouse Hacks
Bill Calkins
Quick and easy ways to save time, money and hassle, and increase productivity at your greenhouse.
Features
PGRs for Foliage Plants
Brian E. Whipker & Paul Cockson
Strategies for customizing growth.
Features
Sole-Source for Seed
Annika Kohler & Erik Runkle
Exploring indoor lighting strategies to improve plug performance.
Features
The American Rescue Plan of 2021
Mark E. Battersby
Hot off of President Biden’s desk, a deep dive into what’s in the latest COVID relief plan, including some business-related portions you should keep in mind.
Features
True to Size
Keith Barry
How to measure your greenhouse for poly film covering.
Growers Talk Business
Sweat the Small Stuff
Art Parkerson
There are moments when success comes only by letting go, but the foundation of success is built on close attention to many details.
Growers Talk Production
Healing Our Country With Plants
Austin Bryant
What has been the cost of social distancing for our communities locally? How do we rebuild better?
GT in Brief
Dealing with Canada’s Light-Pollution Laws
Chris Beytes
If you’re a greenhouse grower in Leamington or Kingsville, Ontario, and you run supplemental lighting at night, you already know about this.
GT in Brief
Hardware Show Postponed Until October
Chris Beytes
The National Hardware Show (NHS) announced that its 75th anniversary event has been pushed back to October 21 to 23 from its planned date in May.
GT in Brief
Harold Wilkins Memorial Tribute
Chris Beytes
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced a new memorial tribute in memory of Dr. Harold F. Wilkins, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota, who passed away on January 7.
GT in Brief
HilverdaFlorist and Takii Join Forces on Potted Gerbera Breeding
Jennifer Zurko
HilverdaFlorist and Takii are extending their existing relationship with a collaboration on potted gerbera breeding.
GT in Brief
In memoriam: Norwin Heimos
Chris Beytes
Yet another passing of an industry icon: Norwin Heimos, the patriarch of the Heimos family, who operate N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, Millstadt Young Plants and Micky’s Minis, passed away February 18 at the age of 90.
GT in Brief
Is It Too Soon to Talk Poinsettias?
Chris Beytes
Perhaps. Then again, if you don’t get your cutting orders in soon, and if poinsettia demand goes the way demand went for spring items this winter, well, you may be growing whatever red-flowered alternatives you can find.
GT in Brief
New Osmocote App
Jennifer Zurko
ICL Specialty Fertilizers has introduced a new mobile app for its Osmocote line of controlled-release fertilizer.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Aris Horticulture, Inc.; Ball Seed; BioWorks; Eason Horticultural Services; PanAmerican Seed;
GT in Brief
Remembering “Mr. Encinitas”
Chris Beytes
Paul Ecke III sent an obituary for “Mr. Encinitas,” a.k.a. Edgar Engert, who passed away in January at the age of 84.
GT in Brief
Seed Your Future, SAF Join to Promote Hort Careers
Chris Beytes
Seed Your Future (SYF) and the Society of American Florists (SAF) have announced a plan to join forces to promote increased awareness of horticulture and floriculture, and inspire more people to pursue careers working with flowers and plants.
GT in Brief
USDA Funds New Boxwood Research
Matthew Chappell
The Boxwood Blight Insight Group, or BBIG, has several key areas of focus over the next four years.
GT in Brief
Watch Videos on At-Risk Crops
Chris Beytes
Want to know more about growing tricky crops with inherent challenges that can be managed through good preventative strategies?
Guest Column
Harmonizing the Relationship
Martha Hoffert
As growers, designers, contractors and sales reps, we can appreciate the fact that plants bring joy and well-being to the people who encounter them.
Inside Look
Heavy Home Improvements
Jennifer Zurko
It turns out there have been some things on growers' improvement wish list that was hanging over their heads, too.
JZ on D.C.
AmericanHort Kicks Off the Legislative Year
Jennifer Zurko
In February, AmericanHort held a two-day, virtual event for its members to learn about its legislative priorities for the coming year and listen to speakers who are active on Capitol Hill.
Paul's Pointers
Scouting: Essential & Therapeutic
Paul Pilon
Regardless of the types of crops being grown or the size of the operation, scouting is essential to any company that produces plants.
Pest Management
Best Practices for Biocontrols, Part 3
John Sanderson, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans & Ronald Valentin
The third installment in the series on how to release parasitoid wasps to protect your crop.
Pest Management
Tackling Thrips in the Greenhouse
Lisbeth Riis
With around 6,000 known thrips species worldwide, greenhouse growers need to stay alert for any early signs of thrips development before an infestation becomes too costly.
Under an Acre
Foraging New Paths
Anne-Marie Hardie
Located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of downtown Chicago, Windy City Mushrooms has converted a two-story building into a gourmet mushroom facility, including a laboratory, grow rooms and retail storefront.
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