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Chris Beytes Editor

Editor of GrowerTalks, Green Profit magazine and the Acres Online e-newsletter, Chris has been in horticulture for over 30 years. He owned his own greenhouse - Indian River Ornamentals - in Merritt Island, Florida, after he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in horticulture. He also had a minor in Journalism, so after he and his wife Laurie sold the greenhouse business, he started writing full-time, first for local publications in Florida and then moving to the Chicago area when he began writing for GrowerTalks. He's been with Ball Publishing for 25 years now and only thinks about retirement once in a while.  

Recent Articles

Cover Story
Czech List
Chris Beytes
What does the garden center industry look like in a country that was ruled by communists just 30 years ago?
Front Lines
IGC Show moving to McCormick Place
Chris Beytes
Faced with major construction at Navy Pier and the long list of inconveniences that would come with it, IGC Show founders Jeff and Cheryl Morey have announced their decision to move the event to a new permanent home in Chicago: the Lakeside Center hall at McCormick Place.
Acres & Acres
Looking Distinguished
Chris Beytes
I wouldn’t say I’ve distinguished myself in any particular way in my horticultural literary career, other than having stuck around long enough to become part of the “remember when?” crowd.
Cover Story
11 Ways
Chris Beytes
You need a machine. Maybe two. You know this because you can’t find enough new employees. And even if you could, your payroll is going up while your prices are flat. And machines are the answer, right? At least, that’s what you’ve always heard.
GT in Brief
Gloeckner Foundation Awards 14 Grants
Chris Beytes
Here’s the latest from the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, Inc., which recently awarded 14 grants totaling $137,000.
GT in Brief
New Filters for Ball Seed’s WebTrack
Chris Beytes
Use Ball Seed’s WebTrack for online ordering, but are challenged by trying to search for the variety you need among so many offerings? Ball’s stellar IT department has solved your problem.
GT in Brief
PW’s Recipe Guide for Professional Growers
Chris Beytes
Proven Winners’ recipe guide includes everything from creative design tips to critical production knowledge, all put together by their lead growers.
GT in Brief
Intelligent Spray Control System Commercialization Approved
Chris Beytes
Developed by Dr. Heping Zhu, an Ohio State adjunct professor and USDA agricultural engineer, the Intelligent Spray Control System can reduce chemical use by 47% to 73% and airborne drift reduction of up to 87%.
Features
Product Patrol
Ellen C. Wells & Chris Beytes
With hundreds of vendors and lots of new products, the 12th annual IGC Show on Chicago’s Navy Pier had retail buyers walking, talking and writing orders.
Front Lines
More Stores Opening Than Closing
Chris Beytes
Did you know that store openings will outpace store closings by a third in 2018?
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