June 18, 2008
Preventing Slips, Trips And Falls
An employee who is watering plants leaves her hose sprawled across the greenhouse floor. Another worker who is moving large pots trips over a cart that wasn’t put away. Still another employee in a rush to assist a customer slips and falls in a pool of water that wasn’t marked off with “caution” signs or safety cones. These are just three of the many ways slip, trip and fall injuries commonly occur in greenhouses throughout the country. These injuries, which could just as easily happen to a customer as to an employee, can result in high costs to greenhouse growers. “With an employee injury of this nature, the cost to the greenhouse owner will vary. It could range from a percentage or two increase in your workers’ compensation premium rates to a 20 percent increase and possibly even more,” says Jeff Graham of LaPorte & Associates, a Portland, Ore.-based insurance agency […]
June 12, 2008
How Safe is Your Greenhouse?
A greenhouse worker gets her finger caught in a pot-filling machine and barely escapes losing her entire hand. A different employee rapidly moves her fingers in the same position for hours on end while making cuttings, without taking time for breaks. A third employee is just plain careless. She neglects to roll up unused hoses, clean up spills or put carts and ladders away. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? If so, it’s probably time to take a good hard look at your company’s injury/accident record, any reports of “near miss” incidents (or close calls), and your workers’ compensation costs over the past several years. What you may find are increasing numbers of injuries and/or near misses, trends showing that certain types of injuries continue to reoccur and escalating insurance costs. Safety at your greenhouse is directly related to your company’s profitability. A poor safety record can result not […]
January 15, 2018
Thomas Hermes, Owner of Hermes Floral Company, Dies at …
Thomas J. Hermes, who owned and operated Hermes Floral Company in St. Paul and Becker, MN, with his brothers before retiring in 1998, died on January 5 at age 75.
January 13, 2018
2018 Southern Garden Tour Includes Visits to Young’s Pl…
The tour is scheduled for June 5-7, 2018, and offers floriculture industry members the opportunity to view trials of thousands of new and proven plant varieties.
January 12, 2018
How pH and EC Monitoring Can Help You Manage Nutrition …
In part two of this five-part series about the tools you need to keep track of your greenhouse environment, learn about the various methods for tracking pH and EC.
January 11, 2018
Plan Ahead for Spring Season in the Greenhouse by Follo…
In a recent report on the Michigan State University Extension website, Floriculture Educator Jeremy Jubenville presents a short list of ideas that can help growers nip predictable problems in the bud, so they have more time to focus on any new situations that arise.
January 11, 2018
Dümmen Orange, Koppert Partner on Launch of New IPM Sys…
Dümmen Orange plans to incorporate Koppert Biological System’s beneficial insects into its pot chrysanthemum cuttings program, with the end goal being minimal use of chemicals further down the chain.
January 9, 2018
AmericanHort Launches New Video Series on Profit Margin…
This week, AmericanHort is kicking off a four-part video series that offers perspectives on managing profit margins from AmericanHort’s Chief Economist, Dr. Charlie Hall.
January 9, 2018
What You Need to Know About the New Tax Bill
The United Fresh Produce Association, which represents the needs and interests of fruit and vegetable growers, recently updated its members on how the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act might affect their businesses. Many of the insights provided by United Fresh also apply to greenhouse growers and nurseries.
January 9, 2018
2018 California Spring Trials Dates, Times, Locations
It’s time to start planning for a great road trip in April to see all the latest plants on display. This quick reference guide will help you map out your trip.
January 7, 2018
How Direct-Stick Meters Can Help Take the Guesswork Out…
Monitoring your soil pH is critical to maintaining the health of your greenhouse crops. Try these tips for managing pH, as well as accurately testing your soil with direct-stick soil pH meters.
January 6, 2018
Why Growers Should Not Market Their Plants, But the Sol…
In his latest column, Allan Armitage says landscapers, designers, and gardeners want solutions to problems, not simply a recommendation for one more handsome plant.
January 5, 2018
State of the Greenhouse Industry: Dealing With Your Ban…
Financial institutions are still reluctant to part with capital for agricultural and horticultural growth, despite economic indicators. Here’s why banks have raised the bar on lending.
January 4, 2018
Stand-Out New Varieties That Keep D.S. Cole Growers Co…
See what new varieties stood out to Doug Cole, owner of D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, NH, this year.