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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

Front Lines
LiveTrends Buys Plant Marketing
Chris Beytes & Ellen C. Wells
LiveTrends recently announced the purchase of a 20-acre, Mt. Dora, Florida-based foliage nursery called Plant Marketing.
Acres & Acres
I Hated Math, Too
Chris Beytes
Our cover story by Dr. Charlie Hall is proof that we should have paid more attention to math in school.
Features
Cutting Sticker Update
Chris Beytes
They’re the hottest thing since the transplanter—and sometimes they ARE the transplanter! They’re automated cutting sticking machines, and while there are only two manufacturers currently offering them, they’re evolving as fast as we can write about them. Here’s the very latest on the technology.
Features
Whatever Happened to Retractable-Roof Greenhouses?
Chris Beytes
What killed the retractable-roof greenhouse? Two things.
GT in Brief
NGMA Hopes to Block Proposed Greenhouse Energy Regulations
Chris Beytes
The National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) is watching for possible building code changes that could negatively impact greenhouses and fighting on your behalf.
GT in Brief
Marvin Crunches the Census of Ag
Chris Beytes
The U.S. Department of Agriculture finally released the 2017 Census of Agriculture, the result of a mandatory survey conducted every five years in all 50 states for all agricultural producers.
GT in Brief
Bonnie’s Stan Cope to Retire
Chris Beytes
President and CEO of Bonnie Plants for more than 10 years, Stan Cope stepped down from the president role April 1 and will back away from his CEO position at the end of the year.
GT in Brief
Testing a Retailer’s Sanity
Chris Beytes
Platt Hill Nursery in Carpentersville, Illinois, lying quietly under a fresh blanket of snow, makes a picture-postcard winter scene … except this photo was taken on Sunday, April 28.
Acres & Acres
What Brian Said
Chris Beytes
I’ve been preaching the same thing Dr. Brian Corr said since the first mid-sized grower lost its big box business and the first large grower was acquired by a venture capital firm.
GT in Brief
PanAmerican Seed Purchases Indoor Veggies from Dalina
Chris Beytes
PanAmerican Seed has purchased the Kitchen Minis program from Danish breeder Dalina Genetics.
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