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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
Bailey Wins at IPM
Chris Beytes
Minnesota breeder/grower Bailey has been expanding their international presence and this year they earned an Innovation Award at IPM Essen in Germany for their trouble.
Acres & Acres
Under the Influence
Chris Beytes
Do the posts of influencers move the needle at retail garden centers? Or do they only make for good headlines?
Cover Story
Today’s Tech
Chris Beytes
The world’s biggest horticulture show, IPM Essen in Essen, Germany, drew some 53,000 trade visitors from 46 nations to peruse the stands of more than 1,500 exhibitors. A small number of those exhibitors specialized in greenhouse equipment and technology.
GT in Brief
What HRI is Funding This Year
Chris Beytes
Their slate of research projects for 2019, which they’ve funded to the tune of $437,200, includes retail plant purchasing habits, RFID and drones for nursery inventory, and using two different mediums in one pot to reduce nutrient and water use.
GT in Brief
Innovative Growers Equipment Buys Midwest GROmaster’s Bench Business
Chris Beytes
Midwest GROmaster, a long-time manufacturer and supplier of ebb-and-flow benching systems and irrigation equipment to the horticulture industry, has decided to get out of the bench portion of the business to better support its sister companies, Midwest Trading and Midwest Groundcovers.
GT in Brief
Ken Altman on Buying (and Avoiding the Same Fate as) Color Spot
Chris Beytes
It’s no secret that when bankrupt Color Spot went up for bid at auction last July, Ken and Matt Altman wanted it.
GT in Brief
Automating Perennials
Chris Beytes
A crew at Hampshire Farms uses Visser’s AutoStix to stick unrooted perennial salvia cuttings.
Acres & Acres
Operators
Chris Beytes
What makes someone a true “operator” vs. just an owner?
GT in Brief
Bayer Facility Wins Community Award
Chris Beytes
The Research and Educational facility of Bayer Environmental Science has been recognized by Clayton, North Carolina, for achieving “exceptional success through service to their customers and the community.”
GT in Brief
Three December Passings
Chris Beytes
David Austin Sr.; Melvin "Mel" Schwanke; Nola Wagner
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