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GROWERTALKS - May 2022 Issue (Vol. 86 No. 1)
Acres & Acres
Dave Daily Opines
Chris Beytes
Dave Daily, President and CEO of BFG, the big (biggest) horticulture distribution company in America, knows a lot about running a business because that is his business.
Cover Story
The Latest Intros for the Holidays
Jennifer Zurko
Highlights of the new 2022 varieties.
Features
A Glimpse Into the Future of Soilless Substrates
James S. Owen Jr., Jeb S. Fields, James E. Altland, Alexa Lamm & Brian E. Jackson
To conclude this three-part series on the current state of soilless substrate science, we ponder the challenges and opportunities the future may hold, as well as the rewards we may reap from revising the production practices of engineered soilless substrates and critically evaluate the path forward.
Features
Affordable Hiring With Help From Uncle Sam
Mark E. Battersby
Taking advantage of what the Work Opportunity Tax Credit offers.
Features
Plant Pest & Disease Management
Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D. & Dennis Bunkley
Growers must develop efficient production plans that incorporate tactics to maximize plant health and minimize opportunities for pest and disease outbreaks.
Features
Poinsettia Production Plan
Bill Calkins
We’ve created a “task list” to help you and your team prepare for poinsettia production season.
Features
Small, Big Things
Jennifer Zurko
We’ll feature an industry business in a series of articles that focus on the importance of developing an effective company culture. This month: Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Growers Talk Business
An Update From South Africa
Kathy Varney
Much like the rest of the world, South Africa saw an unprecedented demand for seeds and plants.
Growers Talk Production
The “Weigh” to Go
Stephanie Berkhout
Regardless of what the problem (or success!) is before us, we often end up discussing irrigation decisions and their resulting impacts on the rootzone.
GT in Brief
A “Regular” CAST
Jennifer Zurko
This year’s California Spring Trials were as close to “normal” as you can get after two pandemic years.
GT in Brief
Altman Expands Into Midwest
Chris Beytes
Altman Plants has purchased the former Mid-American Growers/ColorPoint facility in Granville, Illinois, from Red, White & Bloom (RWB), a Toronto-based cannabis company.
GT in Brief
Bonnie Unveils New Alabama Greenhouse
Chris Beytes
Bonnie Plants, the largest grower of vegetable and herb plants for home gardens in the U.S., has just unveiled a $15 million expansion and upgrade of its greenhouse and distribution facilities in Union Springs.
GT in Brief
HRI Grant Applications for 2023 Still Being Accepted
Jennifer Zurko
There’s still time for researchers to submit proposals for research grants.
GT in Brief
HRI Opens Scholarship Applications for 2022-2023 School Year
Jennifer Zurko
HRI will award over $25,000 in scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Atlee Burpee
Chris Beytes
W. Atlee Burpee IV passed away in his sleep unexpectedly at his home in Pennsylvania on Monday morning, February 21. He was 65.
GT in Brief
J. Berry Nursery Partners With PlantHaven
Chris Beytes
The licensing agreement includes popular genetics like Black Diamond Crape Myrtles, Déjà Bloom Azaleas, Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus, Emerald Empire Crape Myrtles and Season to Season Gardenias, among others.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Anatis Bioprotection; Bailey; Dummen Orange; FloraLife; Oasis Grower Solutions; PanAmerican Seed; Sakata Seed America; Signify; Syngenta Flowers
GT in Brief
Save the Date for Farwest August 24-26
Matthew Chappell
It’s time to think about registering for and making travel plans to attend Farwest.
GT in Brief
Watch for Bank Scams Via Email!
Chris Beytes
It has come to our attention that several companies in our industry have fallen victim to so-called email spoofing.
Inside Look
Grant Yourself a Pat on the Back
Jennifer Zurko
I've been in this industry for almost 20 years and I’m still amazed at how you growers can produce so many plants so well and get them to retail in such a short amount of time.
JZ on D.C.
Additional H-2B Visa Authorizations Released
Jennifer Zurko
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced at the end of March the publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022.
Pest Management
Ensure Successful Poinsettia Production With an Agronomic Plan
Nancy Rechcigl
Implementing proper cultural practices and developing a preventive insect and disease control strategy ahead of the season is essential to ensure high-quality crops.
Under an Acre
Filling the Gaps
Anne-Marie Hardie
There are moments in life that redefine our direction. For Seth Rhodes, it was a job at Rockledge Gardens and a shortage of houseplants during the onset of the pandemic.
TRENDING NOW
Cultivate’22
AmericanHort
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Hachi-Hachi SC Insecticide
SePRO Corporation
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Headliner Petunia
Selecta One
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Lovely Lolly Double Echinacea
Must Have Perennials
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Sugar River Waterproof Chore Boots
Gemplers
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Zydeco Zinnia
Syngenta Flowers