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GROWERTALKS - February 2023 Issue (Vol. 86 No. 10)
Acres & Acres
Shrinkflation (and Its Evil Twin)
Chris Beytes
While shrinkflation and skimpflation are now commonplace in the marketplace, we don’t have to participate.
Cover Story
Using Banker Plants to Control Arthropods
Lance S. Osborne, Muhammad Z. Ahmed & Cindy Mckenzie
The first of a four-part series explains the concept of banker plants.
Biocontrol Lingo
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans
Every industry has its own specific terms that its well-versed members use. (This is true of the bug nerds working in biological control.) Sometimes we forget that newcomers may not understand the terminology, so I’ve put together some of the common terms used in the “beneficials” industry. They may not match Webster exactly, but the list covers terminology commonly used by the industry.
Did We Need Another Mum Disease?
Margery Daughtrey, Nora Catlin & Francesca Hand
Phytophthora chrysanthemi causes stunting, purpling and death of foliage on one major branch or the whole plant; root rot is apparent as well.
Disease Drones
David Clement, Stanton Gill, Sheena O’donnell, Kirk Floyd, Nancy Rechcigl & Alan Leslie
Evaluating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to apply fungicides in woody plant nurseries.
Get With the Program
Broch Martindale
Preventing resistance is key when selecting pesticides for your IPM program.
Getting a Handle on Your Data
Katie Elzer-Peters
How to hire and manage help for data-entry tasks.
Trends in Biocontrols
Julie Martens Forney
Managing pests and diseases with biocontrols helps address many problems facing growers, such as pesticide resistance, retaining labor and keeping profit margins—and plants—healthy. The American Floral Endowment funds research that explores cutting-edge crop production techniques, including biological control.
Two Tobamoviruses to Keep an Eye Out For
A.R. Chase & Margery Daughtrey
What to look for and how to lessen your risk.
Growers Talk Business
Growers Get Socked
Amy Morris
Some growers who use the H-2A guest worker program will pay wage rates as much as 15% higher than last year.
Growers Talk Production
How to Sweep a Floor
Albert Grimm
Learning how to do apparently simple and menial work with attention and passion is a path to excellence.
GT in Brief
Bailey Announces Leadership Transition
Jennifer Zurko
As the 2023 season begins, Bailey announces Terri McEnaney will step away from day-to-day operations in her role as Chief Executive Officer to focus on strategy and the future of Bailey.
GT in Brief
Dramm Expands
Jennifer Zurko
The Dramm Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Corporate Headquarters and Production Facility.
GT in Brief
Endowment Established in Memory of Russell Weiss
Chris Beytes
There's now an endowment honoring the late Russell Weiss of Kurt Weiss Green-houses on Long Island, who passed away in June of 2021.
GT in Brief
Hoffman Nursery Owner Retiring After 40-plus Years
Jennifer Zurko
Hoffman Nursery announced the retirement of co-owner John Hoffman as of January 1, 2023.
GT in Brief
Houseplants—Yup, Still Hot!
Chris Beytes
If you were worried that the houseplant craze might be cooling off, the recent Tropical Plant International Expo should allay your fears.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Del Demaree
Chris Beytes
The floral industry lost a notable son on January 2 when Delmar “Del” Demaree Jr. passed away.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bailey; Ball Seed; Certis Biologicals; McHutchison/Vaughn's Horticulture; OHP, Inc.; P.L. Light Systems;
GT in Brief
Suntory Opens New R&D Facility
Jennifer Zurko
Suntory Flowers has opened a state-of-the-art research facility that will serve as its new base for product development and production for flowers and vegetables.
Guest Column
Are You Aware?
Glenna Hecht
Awareness helps you do the right thing with compassion.
Guest Column
The Arthouse Expansion of Agastache
Lowell Halvorson
When you pull back and look at the full package, you can see the revenue pull of agastache.
Inside Look
The Journey Into Biologicals
Jennifer Zurko
When I started at Ball Publishing 14 years ago, you could count on one hand how many growers were using biocontrols.
JZ on D.C.
USCIS Issues Proposed Rule for H-2 Program Fee Increases
Jennifer Zurko
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to adjust immigration and naturalization benefit request fees.
Paul's Pointers
In Retrospect: A Look Back at the Past Year
Paul Pilon
While it’s important to take note of all the victories, I prefer to focus on the things that didn’t go as well as I’d hoped.
Under an Acre
Planting the Seed for Future Growers
Anne-Marie Hardie
Inspired by the community garden projects throughout Mississauga, Ontario, Morning Star Middle School started one of their own.
Dianthus & Carnation Selection Tools
Selecta One
Giant G1200
Turf Star Western
Hachi-Hachi SC Insecticide
SePRO Corporation
Hanging Baskets & Patio Planters
The HC Companies, Inc.
LM-18 Organic Germination Mix
Lambert Peat Moss Inc.
Osteospermum SummerSmile Series
Kientzler North America