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Chris Beytes

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

Features
Perfect for the Patio
Chris Beytes
We asked suppliers the big question: “Can we get patio furniture in time to sell it next spring? The answer is a confident “maybe.”
Front Lines
Proven Winners Goes for Foliage
Chris Beytes & Ellen C. Wells
Proven Winners has entered into the foliage market with a new houseplant program.
Acres & Acres
2021: The Year in Rearview
Chris Beytes
They say you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been, hence, this look back at the major events of the year we’ve just about completed.
GT in Brief
Tim Lauer New NGMA Board President
Chris Beytes
Congrats to Tim Lauer of greenhouse design and build firm Albert J. Lauer, Inc. of Farmington, Minnesota, who was just named the new president of the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) Board of Directors.
GT in Brief
Agrotopia: Europe’s Largest Rooftop Greenhouse
Chris Beytes
Built on top of the crate warehouse at REO Veiling, a fruit and vegetable auction in Roeselare, Belgium, Inagro Agrotopia is a research and demonstration greenhouse for urban farming.
Acres & Acres
The Four Bs
Chris Beytes
The four Bs applies to all crop segments … and, really, to all businesses.
Cover Story
Growers Talk About Their Cutting Robots
Chris Beytes
Two unrooted cutting (URC) robots—the ISO Group ISO Cutting Planter and Visser’s AutoStix— have been on the market in North America for six and five years, respectively, giving growers ample time to put them through their paces and evaluate their worth. We asked seven such growers, each of whom have up to half a decade or more of experience with one or both machines, to share their opinions of the two machines.
GT in Brief
AmericanHort Announces New Team Members
Chris Beytes
AmericanHort announced that Cindy Lee and Bill Behrens have joined the association team to take the lead on managing Cultivate, AmericanHort’s signature industry event.
GT in Brief
Confetti for a Good Cause
Chris Beytes
Dümmen Orange will honor the memory of the late long-time broker representative Matt Willoughby (who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year) by offering a special calibrachoa combination specifically chosen by his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.
GT in Brief
Suntory Flowers Names GM for North America
Chris Beytes
Suntory Flowers has named T. Jay Higgins general manager for North America.
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