December 4, 2017

Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants Debuts as Roberta’s Finalizes Purchase of C. Raker & Sons

On December 1, Eric Wallien of Roberta’s Inc. in Waldron, IN, officially purchased C. Raker & Sons in Litchfield, MI. The new identity of the company is now Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants, according to a Dec. 1 letter to Raker’s customers, suppliers, and business partners from Vice President Susie Raker-Zimmerman. “There have been minimal changes in management and we will be providing the same products and services on which we have built our reputation in the industry,” Raker-Zimmerman said in the letter, which also announced the name change and new logo. The sale of C. Raker & Sons was announced in September . A series of events affecting Raker’s financial situation caused the need for the operation to find an alternate solution. Roberta’s had been a customer of Raker’s since 2011, and the fourth generation, family owned grower-retailer was a fan of Raker’s commitment to quality. The agreement to purchase C. […]

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Remote Sensing Feature

November 28, 2017

Take a Survey About Remote Sensing in the Green Industry

A team of researchers is planning to submit a proposal to conduct research on the use of remote sensing in indoor and outdoor crops to assess plant traits. But before they submit the proposal, they need your help.

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Biocontrols in a Greenhouse

November 27, 2017

4 Opportunities to Educate Yourself on IPM Practices in the Greenhouse

The Michigan State University Extension floriculture team has developed four greenhouse integrated pest management sessions that will be presented at the 2017 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Cart-with-RFID-Tag

November 24, 2017

How RFID Technology Can Help With Plant Cart Tracking

One of the biggest hassles in the greenhouse is keeping track of all those shipping carts. Improved RFID technology for cart tracking may be one solution to help keep profit losses due to lost or damaged carts at a minimum.

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November 13, 2017

Michigan State Offering Online Root Zone Management Course

Participants in the three-month, self-paced online course can learn about water quality, plant nutrition, and irrigation management.

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Growing-Media-Symposium-Tour

November 13, 2017

International Growing Media Symposium Comes to the U.S.

This International Symposium, with representatives from 21 countries, covered new market opportunities, generated innovative ideas, and offered first-hand information to more than 150 attendees.

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Parasitized aphid mummies, ladybird beetle larvae

November 11, 2017

OHP Announces Two New Ornamental Pest Management Tools

OHP recently added two new crop protection tools to its profile of biosolutions: a biological insecticide, and an ornamental fungicide.

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November 7, 2017

Growers Attending Biocontrols East Conference Got a First-Hand Look at Others’ Hands-On Experience

The greenhouse breakout during the Biocontrols East Conference provided real life, hands on experience to attendees, from a grower’s perspective.

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cannabis feature

November 4, 2017

How to Take Your Cannabis Operation to the Next Level

When you take a long-term approach to planning, budgeting, and equipping a cannabis growing operation, you build more efficiency — and profits — into it.

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November 1, 2017

Gamechanger: How Artificial Intelligence Works in the Greenhouse

Artificial intelligence may not be taking over the world yet, but it could make a difference in the greenhouse by helping growers do their jobs more efficiently.

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California Wildfires

October 24, 2017

Nufarm Extends Rewards Program for Growers Affected by California Fires

Nufarm recently announced that its Nufarm Rewards program will be extended until July 31, 2018, for greenhouses and nurseries in areas affected by the wildfires in northern California.

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Acid Injection for Irrigation feature

October 23, 2017

How to Balance Plant Nutrition and pH in Ornamentals

If you want to maintain healthy plants, understanding the relationship between plant nutrition and pH is a good place to start.

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