Poinsettia Tech Part 3: Bract Development and the Final Stages of Poinsettia Production

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Central

In Part 3, you'll learn about late height control, final bract development and other topics related to finishing a strong poinsettia crop. Our expert panelists are Jason Twaddell, Gary Vollmer and James Doukas from Selecta One.

Hosted by Bill Calkins, senior/digital editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit.

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Poinsettia Tech Part 2: From Pinch to Bract Development

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020

In Part 2, we'll cover all aspect of poinsettia culture, including fertility, light, temperature, height control, and insect and disease management. Our guest experts are Gary Vollmer, Jason Twaddell and James Doukas.

Hosted by Bill Calkins, senior/digital editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit.

Sponsored by:

Selecta One

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Poinsettia Tech Part 1: From Stick Through Pinch

Date: Friday, June 26, 2020

The first of Selecta One's three-part series on the vital steps in the poinsettia production process.

In Part 1, you'll learn best management practices from propagation of your cuttings through pinch. Our guest experts are Gary Vollmer, Jason Twaddell and James Doukas.

Hosted by Bill Calkins, senior/digital editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit.

Sponsored by:

Selecta One

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Best IPM Practices for Piercing & Sucking Insects

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In this Free GrowerTalks webinar, Jen Browning and Peggy Clanton of BASF discuss the management of aphids, whiteflies, mealybug and scale insects on ornamentals, being in close contact with your target pests, seasonality and timing, and the best approaches to get your IPM to really deliver. They’ll also talk about how to integrate biologicals and conventional tools to make both work better.

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

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Fiber Pots: Can You Really Grow and Sell in Them?

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Some retailers and consumers are asking for environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic growing pots. Enter fiber pots, made from recycled, sustainable materials. But can you effectively and efficiently produce crops in them and successfully retail plants in them? Absolutely! says The HC Companies of their EcoGrow Organic Growing Container.

In this free GrowerTalks webinar, HC’s Bryce Anderson, a fiber pot specialist for more than a decade, will share the details about what makes their EcoGrow containers special, and he’ll give you the details of trials done by real growers in the real world. Bryce will talk about growing environments, irrigation needs, performance, degradation and retail sales so you can determine if fiber pots are the right solution for your operation. They are an excellent option for anyone looking for an ecological or even organic solution to their container needs.

As a bonus, you’ll have the opportunity to request a FREE Sample Kit of EcoGrow products at the end of the webinar.

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The HC Companies

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Strategies for Automating Your Fertigation System

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020

You can’t grow a good crop without a solid fertigation strategy. Automation can help you fine tune your irrigation and nutrient delivery in any production environment, from nursery and greenhouse to vertical farm and indoor grow. But with so many options and levels of technology available, how do you choose?

In this no-holds-barred, free-wheeling panel-style webinar, five experts will share their years of experience and knowledge on automated irrigation and nutrient delivery. You will learn about:

- Importance of automation in irrigation and nutrient delivery systems
- Flexible vs. stringent environmental controls when designing irrigation/nutrient delivery strategies
- Control system integration to third-party devices
- Supervision and remote control of fertigation delivery programs
- The importance of data logging
-  Intelligent automation (AI)
- The future of automated irrigation and nutrient delivery

Our panel of experts includes:

Al Zylstra, Segment Manager, DRAMMwater
Jeff Neff, Senior Application Technician,  Argus Control Systems
Eric Culberson, VP of Horticulture, Columbia Care
Chad M Salute, Director of Cultivation for Kush Alley
John Chandler, President, Cultivation Excellence

Hosted by Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online

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Argus Controls

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NF Wood Substrates: Improving the Characteristics of Peat-Based Media

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

For almost 10 years, Berger’s R&D team has been working on developing the best techniques to optimize the integration of wood fiber into their peat-based potting mixes. The result is NF (natural fiber) Wood Substrates. Berger believes that success is in the details and it all starts with high-quality sphagnum peat moss. From the fields to the processing plant, from bagging to the tailored support offered when using Berger products, their high-performance substrates ensure uniform productions.

In this webinar, Pierre-Marc de Champlain, Technical Services Director for Berger, will discuss: 

- The benefits of a rigorous quality control system on your mix

- The physical characteristics of high-quality ingredients—peat moss and wood fiber—that create an ideal environment for rapid root development

- Best growing practices to implement with NF Wood products

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

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Mangave Madness: The Story Behind this Fast-Growing Succulent Hybrid (and its Potential Benefits to the World of Horticulture)

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

As the Director of New Plant Development at Walters Gardens and a lifelong breeder of perennials, Hans Hansen has seen and participated in more than a few breakthroughs in plant breeding. However, no cross has captured his attention quite so much as the intergeneric mix of Manfreda and Agave, known as Mangave.

Taking the best from both genera, Mangave have the accelerated growth rate, spotting and softer spines from Manfreda, mixed with the durability and large, architectural forms of Agave. Mangave hybrids bring the potential of hundreds of new colors and habits not previously seen among Agave in a product that is more grower-friendly, with a quicker finish time and less prickly spines, making them easier to handle.

As the principal breeder of Mangave, Hans Hansen is the perfect source for the story behind the succulent. Join Hans as he shares his experiences with Mangave, as well as its potential far-reaching benefits to the world of horticulture.

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The Ins and Outs of Propagating and Cultivating Industrial Hemp

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In this timely webinar, hemp growers will learn best practices and technical protocols from OASIS Grower Solutions lead scientist, Dr. Vijay Rapaka, as well as gain practical insight from the grower's perspective from OASIS field expert, Eric Prechtl. While Vijay has helped OASIS Grower Solutions develop products specific for the effective propagation of industrial hemp, Eric has helped successfully guide industrial hemp growers step-by-step through the intricate propagation process.

They will be joined by Dr. Allison Justice, a Ph.D. from Clemson University who is owner of SC Botanicals, a large-scale hemp CBD extraction facility; and co-owner of The Hemp Mine, a 40-acre hemp farm that also manufactures a wide range of hemp products.

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.


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