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GROWERTALKS - December 2021 Issue (Vol. 85 No. 8)
Acres & Acres
2021: The Year in Rearview
Chris Beytes
They say you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been, hence, this look back at the major events of the year we’ve just about completed.
Cover Story
Hort’s Renaissance Man
Jennifer Zurko
With his never-ending cache of ideas, limitless drive and passion for the industry, Marshall Dirks has made Proven Winners one of the most recognized gardening brands in North America.
Rethinking the Black Nursery Pot
Paul Fisher & John Erwin
Part 2 in a series looking at the importance of soil temperature on root and plant growth.
Succession Planning When There’s No Succession
Chris Cimaglio
Insights into preparing for the transition and transaction of your life.
Uncle Sam’s Helping Hand With Payroll Costs
Mark E. Battersby
There are ways to get tax breaks on labor, but you have to do your homework to make sure they’re worth the effort.
Jennifer Zurko
That’s how Vic Ball would have said it and don’t you know it. This year’s 26th annual Wage & Benefit Survey showed that you’re paying more to get the help you need … and that’s IF you can find it.
Growers Talk Business
How Do You Figure?
Art Parkerson
Don’t let the mountain of cash you're sitting on fool you. Now is the time to really watch the numbers.
Growers Talk Production
Hard Times for Hardgoods
Austin Bryant
This year has definitely shown us where the weak links in our industry are.
GT in Brief
Agrotopia: Europe’s Largest Rooftop Greenhouse
Chris Beytes
Built on top of the crate warehouse at REO Veiling, a fruit and vegetable auction in Roeselare, Belgium, Inagro Agrotopia is a research and demonstration greenhouse for urban farming.
GT in Brief
Floriculture Crops Summary Will Now Include All 50 States
Dr. Marvin Miller
The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA/NASS) has reported some major changes that will soon be delivering a new survey coming to a mailbox near you.
GT in Brief
FNGLA CEO Ben Bolusky to Retire
Jennifer Zurko
After nearly 24 years at the helm of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), CEO Ben Bolusky plans to retire in June 2022.
GT in Brief
FRAC Code Posters Available
Bill Calkins
Ann Chase and her husband, Mike, have a new FRAC Links poster they’ve put together to help you visually identify the fungicides you need to create an effective rotation program by including and avoiding certain product codes.
GT in Brief
Industry Icons Honored With Awards at SAF Orlando 2021
Jennifer Zurko
Kenneth Royer, an industry pioneer and a second-generation owner of Royer’s Flowers & Gifts, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was one of the floriculture professionals who were honored at the Society of American Florists’ annual convention in Orlando, Florida, in September.
GT in Brief
Memorial Tribute Established in Memory of Bob Williams
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced a new memorial tribute in memory of Robert “Bob” Williams II.
GT in Brief
New Officers and Chairmen Appointed to AFE Board
Jennifer Zurko
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Ball Seed; Longwood Gardens; McCorkle Nurseries, Inc.
GT in Brief
Tim Lauer New NGMA Board President
Chris Beytes
Congrats to Tim Lauer of greenhouse design and build firm Albert J. Lauer, Inc. of Farmington, Minnesota, who was just named the new president of the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) Board of Directors.
Inside Look
Marshall, the Not-So-Mysterious Man
Jennifer Zurko
You may know who Marshall Dirks is, may have seen him speak or read about him, but I think very few people really know him.
JZ on D.C.
AmericanHort’s New Legislative Advocate
Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort announced in October it hired Evan Lee as Director, Policy and Government Relations.
Paul's Pointers
Returning to Horticulture
Paul Pilon
I believe it’s very important to work in an industry you love and are passionate about. In this way, your job is never just a job; it’s essentially a hobby that you get paid to do.
Pest Management
European Pepper Moth Expands to Nurseries & Greenhouses
Stanton Gill
The European pepper moth is a relatively new invasive species that was confirmed in a Maryland greenhouse operation in 2013. In 2021, professional IPM scouts are finding this caterpillar active in greenhouses and herbaceous perennial nurseries.
Calibrachoa Calibri Bling Exotic Red
Jolly Farmer
First-Year-Flowering Tool
Darwin Perennials
Gothic Premium Greenhouse
GrowSpan Greenhouse Structures
Pace 49 Inc.
MycoApply EndoThrive
Mycorrhizal Applications
WestHort Modified Epson C6500AM Nursery Printer
Stafford Press Inc.