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GROWERTALKS - October 2023 Issue (Vol. 87 No. 6)
Acres & Acres
Good Questions! (So-So Answers)
Chris Beytes
While ruminating on some good questions, I decided I might as well share my ruminations with you, my loyal readers.
Cover Story
Why Did I Wait So Long?
Chris Beytes
Eleven efficiency tools that six growers are mighty glad they invested in—they only wish they’d done it sooner!
Culture Notes
Lotty Dotty Hypoestes: A Great Choice for Shady Spots
Bart Hayes
The bright splash of color is perfect for shade-loving combinations, but also thrives in the darker corners of the landscape, giving a new option for home gardeners everywhere.
AI for Growers
Katie Elzer-Peters
How to use it to increase efficiency in marketing and operations.
Digital Crop Templates
Bill Calkins
Creating crop plans to use from year to year is not new, but technology is certainly making it easier to organize and share them across your production team—and update them on the fly.
Growers Talk Business
A Wake-up Call for Baby Boomers
Amy Morris
The differences in work ethics between Baby Boomers and their children are not a matter of right or wrong, but rather a reflection of the evolving landscape of work and society.
Growers Talk Production
What? How? Why?
Albert Grimm
I was never satisfied with simple how-to-grow instructions. I always wanted to know WHY something worked instead of merely observing the process.
GT in Brief
AFE Awards 22 Students With Scholarships
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 22 students from 13 universities with scholarships, totaling $58,100.
GT in Brief
Dramm Breaks Ground on Research Greenhouse
Chris Beytes
The company that makes HAF fans, pesticide applicators, and watering wands and hoses are in thousands of greenhouses around the world, so it’s no wonder they’d like to have one of their own in which to do R&D.
GT in Brief
Expanding for the Future
Jennifer Zurko
At press time, Ball Horticultural Company had just broken ground on a new addition to its Seed Distribution Center in West Chicago, Illinois.
GT in Brief
Fessler Nursery to Distribute leafjoy Foliage to the West
Chris Beytes
Fessler Nursery of Woodburn, Oregon, has partnered with The Plant Company of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, to grow and distribute their leafjoy houseplants in the Western U.S.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Andy Mast
Chris Beytes
Andy Mast, one of the many members of Michigan’s Mast family, passed away on July 8 at the age of 76.
GT in Brief
Monrovia to Close Connecticut Operation
Chris Beytes
Well-known ornamental plant producer Monrovia has announced that it will be closing its Granby, Connecticut, location effective 2025.
GT in Brief
On the Move
Jennifer Zurko
Eason Horticultural Services; Fine Americas, Inc.; Griffin Greenhouse Supplies; Ridder
GT in Brief
Suntory’s Newest Blue Flowers
Chris Beytes
Featuring five shades of violet and blue, BluOcean is the result of a collaboration between Suntory Flowers, Suntory Global Innovation Center and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Japan.
GT in Brief
Sydney B. Meadows Scholarships Awarded to 12
Jeb Fields
One of the best opportunities for students studying nursery production in the South is The Sydney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund.
GT in Brief
Video Tours of the European FlowerTrials
Chris Beytes
There are now some short video reports available from the 2023 FlowerTrials.
Guest Column
Unpacking American Gold Rush
Lowell Halvorson
If you don’t have Septoria in your sales footprint, Goldsturm still works, but if your rudbeckia sales have tanked, switching to American Gold Rush gives you a working solution with an explanation of why.
JZ on D.C.
H-2B Update
Jennifer Zurko
In lieu of a permanent solution to the H-2B cap, the H-2B Workforce Coalition has been supporting the inclusion of an exemption to the 66,000-program cap for returning H-2B workers who have participated in the program in one of the past three fiscal years.
Paul's Pointers
Improving Morale & Productivity
Paul Pilon
Being an effective manager and leader increases the trust and respect from your teams, which leads to increased happiness and productivity.
Pest Management
Diseases Caused by Thielaviopsis basicola
A.R. Chase
Thielaviopsis basicola is a root pathogen reported from at least a dozen plant families, including those of many ornamental plants.
Columbine Greenhouse
First-Year Flowering Tool
Darwin Perennials
Low-Profile Tray
The HC Companies Inc.
FireFly-One Inc.
Senetti Lavender Dawn
Suntory Flowers Ltd.
Steam-Flo Steam Generator
Sioux Corporation