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GROWERTALKS - January 2022 Issue (Vol. 85 No. 9)
Acres & Acres
Willisms
Chris Beytes
Dr. Will Healy has coined memorable phrases over the years that colorfully describe the solutions to the common cultural, technical and operational problems he’s encountered during thousands of greenhouse visits.
Corr on Cannabis
Sustainability is No Joke
Dr. Brian Corr
With the incredible diversity of the cannabis industry, sustainability means very different things depending on who’s doing the defining.
Cover Story
Is Peat Sustainable?
Jennifer Zurko
An important component of soilless media for a number of years, there are a lot of questions about the long-term viability, availability and sustainability of sphagnum peat moss. We’re hoping to answer some of those questions here.
Features
Be Watchful of Your Water
Dr. Paul Fisher
How irrigation water quality impacts your fertilizer selection.
Features
Houseplant Purchasing Trends
Julie Martens Forney
Consumers are crazy for houseplants, thanks to pandemic lockdowns and work-from-home options. But is the current interest a fad or do present sales predict future trends? Using scientific online surveys, the Floral Marketing Fund has cracked the code of houseplant sales, revealing a positive outcome growers and garden centers can definitely cash in on. Houseplants are big—and will only get bigger.
Features
Mycorrhizae: What’s in a Name?
Rick Yates
The fungal connection with mycorrhizae and plants can be a mutually beneficial relationship, depending on the crop.
Features
New Tricks for Pansy Production
Bill Calkins
Rethink fall and spring pansy production to achieve your best results ever.
Features
The Latest on Growing Media Research
Drs. Brian Jackson, Jeb Fields, James Altland & Jim Owen
Highlights of some of the current projects that scientists are working on to advance soilless cultivation in all areas of horticultural production.
Growers Talk Business
2022: A Third Year of “Unprecedented” Growth?
Abe VanWingerden
The question now becomes whether the industry can sustain the momentum from the last two year and put another strong year on the board in 2022.
Growers Talk Production
2021: A Song of Floods & Fires
Stephanie Berkhout
This past year hosted several record-breaking events and presented a slew of unprecedented challenges.
GT in Brief
Certified Roses Buys Tree & Shrub Nursery
Jennifer Zurko
Certified Roses, Inc., a wholesale producer of garden roses, will assume management of Ran-Pro Farms, a Tyler, Texas, nursery specializing in container-grown ornamental trees and flowering shrubs.
GT in Brief
FTD Rebrands
Chris Beytes
The venerable wire service brand FTD has rebranded for the modern era, while harkening back to its founding in 1910 as a non-profit florist cooperative.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Skip Smith
Chris Beytes
Richard “Skip” W. Smith, Jr., former president of the four-generation family business X.S. Smith, Inc., passed away October 19 at home after suffering from cancer.
GT in Brief
Industry-Wide Recruitment Resources Provided by AFE
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced new customizable recruitment resources developed to help every industry segment’s local and national recruiting efforts.
GT in Brief
Mars in AZ
Chris Beytes
Future Martian farmers Megan Kane and Tam Friedman take members of the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) on an otherworldly tour of the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center’s “Mars Lunar Greenhouse.”
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bayer; Eason Horticultural Resources, Inc.; Hoffman Nursery; Sakata Seed America
GT in Brief
Pipp Horticulture Acquires the GGS Group of Companies
Jennifer Zurko
Pipp Horticulture, a division of Pipp Mobile Storage Systems, Inc., a provider of space-saving, multi-level mobile cultivation systems, announced it has acquired the GGS Group of Companies.
GT in Brief
Profile Products Acquired by New Mountain Capital
Jennifer Zurko
Profile Products—a developer and manufacturer of highly engineered specialty agriscience materials that promote environmental sustainability for horticulture, erosion control and other specialty applications—announced its acquisition by New Mountain Capital, a New York-based investment firm.
GT in Brief
SAF Receives $250k Donation for Marketing, Education
Chris Beytes
Herman Meinders, founder of American Floral Services, one of the largest international wire services, has donated $250,000 to the Society of American Florists (SAF) to encourage careers in the floral and horticultural industries, educate florists, and help the industry promote the awareness and sale of cut flowers, plants and floral-related products.
GT in Brief
SLF Quarantine in Two OH Counties
JC Chong
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) imposed a spotted lanternfly quarantine on Jefferson and Cuyahoga Counties in eastern Ohio on October 28.
GT in Brief
Smithers-Oasis Launches New Global Sustainability Program
Jennifer Zurko
Smithers-Oasis announced its new global Sustainability Program called “Do Good. Every Day.”
GT in Brief
The Pindstrup Group Acquires Carolina Soil do Brasil
Jennifer Zurko
Pindstrup, a world-supplier of growing media, announced the acquisition of Carolina Soil do Brasil, one of the largest suppliers of growing media to the horticultural sector in Brazil.
GT in Brief
ThinkPlants Adds New Members
Jennifer Zurko
The ThinkPlants Group, which brings new genetics, as well as supply inputs, to the North American horticulture industry, announced two new members to its network of breeders, growers and suppliers.
GT in Brief
USDA Deploys New Predictive Tool
JC Chong
USDA APHIS PPQ recently organized a group of experts in quantitative analysis—called the Phytosanitary Advanced Analytics Team (PAAT)—to, in USDA’s words, “turn data into insights.”
Inside Look
Working to Find the Facts
Jennifer Zurko
I’ve learned that if you want to get the true facts about something, you have to do the work of finding them.
JZ on D.C.
Steep 2022 H-2A Wage Increases Expected
Jennifer Zurko
Most H-2A visa users are bracing for hefty 2022 wage increases.
Pest Management
Downy Mildews Are No Fun
Dr. Mary Hausbeck
Stop downy mildews from ruining your crop and leaving a hole in your pocket by unraveling the mystery that surrounds this group of pathogens.
Under an Acre
Cultivating a Community of Plant Parents
Anne-Marie Hardie
David Angelov, the owner of Plant Parenthood in Swampscott, Massachusetts, is on a mission to transform the relationship between plants and their owners.
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