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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

Acres & Acres
Plant People Are Crazy
Chris Beytes
The psychosis manifests itself primarily in strange beliefs about how to best grow plants. But it became more obvious when I started following some online gardening groups.
GT in Brief
Meet the Latest EAGL Class
Chris Beytes
Dr. Charlie Hall announced the graduation of the eighth cohort of his elite “Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership” (EAGL) program for nursery and greenhouse growers.
GT in Brief
Hortistician Miller Named a Purdue Distinguished Alumni
Chris Beytes
We’re proud to announce that Dr. Marvin Miller, long-time market research manager for Ball Horticultural Company and a long-time GrowerTalks contributor and advisor, has been honored with the 2020 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award from Purdue University.
GT in Brief
Don’t Get Sued Because of Your Website
Chris Beytes
Websites and other digital tools have to meet Americans With Disabilities Act regulations and there are green industry businesses being targeted with lawsuits for not doing so.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Ray Blew
Chris Beytes
Raymond L. “Ray” Blew, patriarch of Centerton Nurseries of Bridgeton, New Jersey. He died March 14 at 90 years of age after a brief illness.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Ramsey Yoder
Chris Beytes
G. Ramsey Yoder, the chairman and leader of Aris Horticulture (formerly Yoder Brothers) passed away from complications related to pneumonia at the age of 87.
GT in Brief
From Big Box to IGC
Chris Beytes
It turns out a former general manager and head grower weren’t comfortable swapping the variety, color and excitement of growing bedding plants for the mundane, monoculture world of cannabis.
Acres & Acres
The COVID Generation
Chris Beytes
What impact will the pandemic have on the current generation of young people?
GT in Brief
Hardware Show Postponed Until October
Chris Beytes
The National Hardware Show (NHS) announced that its 75th anniversary event has been pushed back to October 21 to 23 from its planned date in May.
GT in Brief
Is It Too Soon to Talk Poinsettias?
Chris Beytes
Perhaps. Then again, if you don’t get your cutting orders in soon, and if poinsettia demand goes the way demand went for spring items this winter, well, you may be growing whatever red-flowered alternatives you can find.
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