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Paul Pilon

Paul Pilon Columnist, Director of Growing at Opel Growers

Paul Pilon is Director of Growing at Opel Growers in Hudsonville, Michigan, and editor-at-large of the Perennial Pulse e-newsletter.  He can be reached by phone at (616) 366-8588 or email at paul@opelgrowers.com.

Recent Articles

Paul's Pointers
Returning to Horticulture
Paul Pilon
I believe it’s very important to work in an industry you love and are passionate about. In this way, your job is never just a job; it’s essentially a hobby that you get paid to do.
Paul's Pointers
Let ’em Rest
Paul Pilon
Both plants and humans need to get enough rest or we both can’t be at our optimum best.
Features
Perennials First
Chris Beytes, Bill Calkins, Paul Pilon & Jennifer Zurko
What? No annuals? Just perennials in our California Trials coverage? That’s almost sacrilegious! Well, worry not, we are simply changing up the order of our coverage this year—much like the Trial hosts did when they moved the annual event from spring to summer. Annuals will take center stage next month.
Paul's Pointers
Weeds and Liverwort and Nostoc, Oh My!
Paul Pilon
As cumbersome as they may be, weeds can be managed and don’t have to take over the facilities year after year.
Paul's Pointers
Knowing the True Costs of Your Applications
Paul Pilon
In many instances, pricing can seem expensive and it may be hard to determine if you’re getting what you paid for.
Paul's Pointers
Scouting: Essential & Therapeutic
Paul Pilon
Regardless of the types of crops being grown or the size of the operation, scouting is essential to any company that produces plants.
Paul's Pointers
Starting Strong
Paul Pilon
Many growers take for granted the benefits of having a strong start, and when less-than-ideal conditions are present from the beginning, they often struggle to stay ahead of these issues throughout the crop or the entire spring season.
Paul's Pointers
Change Is Constant, Change Is Good
Paul Pilon
Utilizing a “hands-on” approach that includes employee engagement, input and feedback provides a sense of involvement and ownership that usually results in their acceptance of change.
Paul's Pointers
I Can’t Resist
Paul Pilon
Today’s growers need to be concerned about pests building up resistance to the chemicals being applied to control them.
Paul's Pointers
Need a Light Bulking?
Paul Pilon
It’s amazing how light quality, intensity, total amount per day and duration can influence how a crop looks or grows and to help achieve certain objectives.
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