October 2, 2015
MasterTag Integrates Technology Into Plant Tags And Packaging
There are many ways for new technology to be integrated into plant tags, packaging and displays to better inform and engage the consumer. Andy Higgins of MasterTag shares some of the ways this is becoming a reality.
October 9, 2015
New Biochemical Miticide Is Designed To Combat Varroa Mites In Beehives
EPA recently registered Potassium Salts of Hops Beta Acids (K-HBAs), which is intended to fit into a rotation program to battle resistance.
October 7, 2015
Ball FloraPlant Eliminates Neonicotinoid Use On Its Offshore Cuttings Farms
Ball FloraPlant has announced its offshore cuttings farms did not use neonicotinoid-based pest management chemicals during its spring crop production last shipping season, and will continue to be neonic free this year. Instead, the company and its greenhouse managers have relied on alternative means to supply insect-free cuttings to its global customer base.
October 7, 2015
How BASF’s UK Biological Production Facility Expansion Affects U.S. Growers
BASF has expanded its biologicals production facility in Littlehampton, UK. The new capacity increases the company’s ability to double the production of beneficial nematodes and inoculants.
October 6, 2015
CropKing’s Grower Workshops Offer Training On Growing In Controlled Environments
The next two workshops take place Oct. 9-10 in Oregon and Nov. 6-7 in South Carolina. Space is limited, so sign up quickly.
September 25, 2015
Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association Announces Early Results of 2015 Harvest Season
According to an August 31 survey of members of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), whose members represent approximately 95 percent of all North American peat production, the peat harvest season has been adequate, but not strong, and could cause shortages and potentially higher transportation costs. Down To The Dirty Details The survey inquired about the status of CSPMA members’ 2015 Actual Harvest (including an estimate of what can be expected to be harvested for the remainder of the season) as a percentage of their 2015 Expected Harvest. The lack of a strong harvest overall may challenge peat availability. The Prairie Provinces (Manitoba 98 percent, Saskatchewan 88 percent and Alberta 94 percent), experienced early favorable weather conditions and a strong start to the year. This helped to minimize periodic, negative, weather-related conditions during the balance of the harvest season, and the harvest numbers are close to achieving the expected amounts. […]
September 23, 2015
New Crop Protection Products And Label Updates
Here are some of the most recent products released and label updates for crop protection agents in the greenhouse and nursery market. Fame Fungicides (FMC Corp.) FMC Corp. has introduce Fame fungicides, a family of FRAC 11 group (Strobilurin) products that delivers fast-acting, patented fluoxastrobin protection against major soil and foliar diseases. Rainfast in 15 minutes, Fame fungicides can be used on most greenhouse and nursery plants and provide fast foliar and root uptake. “Proven by university research, Fame fungicides offer fluoxastrobin action, which ensures a high degree of systemic activity to provide very rapid disease protection and stop further growth of established disease,” says Naimur Rahman, strategy and fungicide marketing product manager for FMC. The Fame fungicide family includes: • Fame SC: a suspension concentrate fungicide containing fluoxastrobin that controls major diseases, including anthracnose, downy mildew, powdery mildew, scab and leaf spot. It provides rapid foliar and root uptake […]
September 23, 2015
MSU Offers New Greenhouse Lighting Online Course For Growers
Michigan State University Extension is now offering a non-credit, pre-recorded online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting. The lighting course is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested learning about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond to light quality, quantity and in duration. It provides introductory to moderately-challenging content primarily based on experiments performed at Michigan State and Purdue Universities. This is the second course in the College of Knowledge Online series offered on the national Extension website. The first course was Floriculture Root Zone Management, also available online. What Growers Will Learn From Taking This Course The 3-hours of pre-recorded lecture and video demonstrations are divided into seven units. The first and second units cover the properties of light and its importance for plant growth and development. The third unit discusses how light quality influences stem extension and flowering. The fourth unit of the course teaches […]
September 20, 2015
Technology Improves Orchid Production At Green Circle Growers
Green Circle Growers in Oberlin, Ohio, has a commitment to using production practices that are efficient and sustainable. The operation has been growing Orchids for nine years, and is entering its second full year with its current system, which entails three camera grades. “The camera grading — first at production into a 5-inch pot, then 12 weeks later and a final grade after the stem and buds have developed — is raising our overall quality,” says Wesley Van Wingerden, director of growing for Green Circle Growers. Greenhouse Grower visited the operation to take a tour of its facilities and learn more about its Orchid production. Read on for more details about the process. The first of the camera grades is incorporated into the transplant process, which involves placing the Orchids from a community tray into 5-inch pots. The plants are separated into three sizes with the smallest returning to the […]
September 15, 2015
Young Plant Growers Weigh In On Crop Gains, Sales Trends And More
Almost 100 young plant producers participated in Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Young Plant Grower Survey, which asked growers questions abot crop categories, sales, order fulfillment and more.
September 9, 2015
5 Innovations In Pots And Trays
These offerings can help save water, streamline production or help make products stand out at the retail level. Read on for more information about the latest improvements in pot and tray technology. AquaSav Hanging Baskets (Pride Garden Products) Growers looking for an eco-friendly hanging basket will likely be interested in the bestselling AquaSav line from Pride Garden Products. While the Jute AquaSav is a popular option for growers and retailers alike, the company’s new Artisan line, which features water-saving, root-boosting AquaSav liners in plastic baskets, offers an eye-catching alternative to basic wire options. “Our new Artisan hanging basket debuted at Cultivate ’15 and was a huge hit,” says Deborah Oesterling, vice president of sales. “The Plaid Artisan has a 3G soil volume, making it our largest hanging basket in the Artisan collection.” Pride Garden also offers Vine and Rattan Woodland hanging baskets. pridegardenproducts.com
September 9, 2015
Manufacturers Weigh In On Popular Pots, Trendy Trays
In addition to labor woes and transportation debacles, growers collectively (and consistently) gripe about another category: plastics. The good news is that better pots and trays are just around the corner. Here, manufacturers weigh in on the latest trends and discuss the eco-friendly, cost-effective future of plastics, and reveal the latest and greatest products on the market today. Going, Going Green As the rest of the industry finds new ways to reduce its carbon footprint, plastics often get a bad rap for ending up in landfills and staying there for years to come. Luckily, plastics manufacturers are hip to the green trend. Many continue to explore biodegradable, compostable and recyclable options. “The biopolymer technology is improving quickly,” says James P. Chittum, director of business development for Grow-Tech, who sees this as a promising move for the industry. “Right now, it’s more expensive, but the prices are coming down as these […]
September 8, 2015
Dümmen Orange Implementing Consistent Standards On All Offshore Cuttings Farms
Owning and operating several locations can be a challenge in maintaining consistent quality and cleanliness across the board. This is true of both breeders and growers. But those who do it right have invested in technology and practices that ensure that plant quality matches, no matter where their plants are shipped from. That’s the goal for Dümmen Orange. Now the world’s largest producer of unrooted cuttings, the company has a combined 150 hectares or 370 acres of production space worldwide, dedicated to cuttings production. Recent acquisitions of product portfolios, both this year and in the past few, has raised the company’s cuttings production expectation to more than 1.4 billion, including 350 million in North America. It has farms all over the world (see the 2015 Top Cuttings Producers ranking to see where), and produces cuttings for its own genetics, as well as collaborating with more than 30 third-party breeders across all […]
August 31, 2015
Delray Plants Takes Preventative Approach To Pest Control With Biological Controls
Trying to control pests effectively on a wide variety of crops is a major undertaking. Delray Plants in Venus, Fla., has been using biological controls as a part of its pest control program for more than 10 years. It operates 300 acres, which includes covered structures and 7 acres of outdoor field production.
August 13, 2015
How Bob’s Market And Greenhouses Improved Growing And Sales With Automated Soil Mixing
My father started our company 45 years ago growing bedding plants, mainly early season production and finished plants for our West Virginia market. It was in the early 1980s that we started growing earlier spring production and shipping materials to southern markets, and by the late 1980s, we also produced pansies for fall. We started using hydrogels when they first came on the market in the early 1990s and found that they really helped with our production by keeping plants healthier for these new markets. Over the years, we’ve grown to be a large young plant producer and have a sizable business growing finished plants in cell packs, 4 1/2-inch pots, 6-inch pots, gallon containers, hanging baskets, multiple sizes of large containers and large baskets for municipal use. Creating The Ideal Soil Mix With our old system, it took several workers to mix pre-made soil with slow-release fertilizers in cement […]