February 14, 2012

BioSafe Introducing New Herbicide

BioSafe Systems introduces AXXE broad Spectrum Herbicide. AXXE is formulated as an herbicidal soap using ammonium nonanoate. This active ingredient is NOP compliant and OMRI listed for use in organic production. AXXE is formulated as a liquid concentrate that is mixed with water. It is designed for control of annual and perennial broadleaf weeds, as well as mosses, liverworts and lichens. Made of natural fatty acids, AXXE works by removing, or ‘burning,’ the waxy cuticle of green vegetation. It will not move through soil to injure nearby plants.  AXXE works within hours of application produces no residue and is available in commercial and retail formulations.AXXE is available in 5, 30, 55 and 275-gallon sizes. Learn more about BioSafe at BioSafeSystems.com.

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February 14, 2012

BASF Hires Sales Specialist

Frank Fornari has joined BASF’s Professional Turf & Ornamentals team as sales specialist for the Florida and southern Georgia territory.   Based in Florida, Fornari will focus exclusively on greenhouse and nursery growers and will support the associated BASF ornamental distributors in the Southeast. “With more than 20 years listening to and supporting growers in the horticultural industry, Frank understands their professional and pest management pressures,” says Steve Larson, BASF’s ornamentals sales manager. “We’re fortunate to have someone of Frank’s caliber on our team to support our grower commitment of delivering innovation that helps them be more successful.” Prior to joining BASF, Fornari worked as national sales manager for Valent Professional Products and in various horticultural management roles for Celanese Corporation (formerly AT Plastics). For more information about BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals, or to find a sales representative in your area, visit betterplants.basf.us and betterturf.basf.us.

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February 7, 2012

Your Impatiens Might Have Downy Mildew If …

Growers across the country are scrambling for solutions, with the discovery of downy mildew on impatiens in the U.S. landscape. Look for these symptoms in the greenhouse when you’re scouting your impatiens crop this year: • Plant foliage that’s yellowish or pale green in color • Leaves that curl downward • Leaves that are distorted • Undersides of leaves that have white or light gray fuzz present • New and emerging leaves that are small and a discolored yellow or pale green • Flower buds that fail to form • Stunted plant growth If you see one or more of these symptoms on a plant, immediately seal it in a plastic bag before removing it from the greenhouse. Get it to a diagnostic lab for further testing. Additionally, when spraying for downy mildew, there are three important things to remember when applying fungicides: 1. Apply fungicides preventatively. 2. Rotate among […]

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January 30, 2012

Growth Products, Ltd. Announces Its BioNutrients Total-Pak Injectable For February 2012

Growth Products, Ltd. announces its BioNutrients Total-Pak Injectable, a new product for trees that will be available beginning February 2012. The BioNutrients Total-Pak Injectable provides a complete micronutrient package along with a mix of beneficial microbes, symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi and other plant boosters. This solution promotes better establishment of transplants and improves the health and growth of both deciduous and evergreen trees. BioNutrients Total-Pak includes eleven strains of endo- and ecto-mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi strains colonize soil and improve a plant’s nutrient uptake, mineral uptake and water absorption. The wide range of both endo- and ecto-mycorrhizae ensures that the correct type of fungi is present for all types of trees and climates. Total-Pak also contains yeast and multiple beneficial bacteria to promote soil health and plant vigor. In addition, this dry soluble has biologically active soil conditioners, a natural wetting agent, humic acid, kelp extracts and seven micronutrients, including Boron, […]

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January 24, 2012

Cleary Hires Two New Technical Sales Representatives

Cleary Chemical announced the hiring of two new technical sales representatives: Brian Daniel, and Justin Horlacher.  Daniel will serve Cleary’s turf and ornamental customers in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Horlacher will cover Cleary’s Pacific Northwest territory, which includes the turf and ornamental market segments in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana. Daniel comes to Cleary from LakeRidge Country Club in Lubbock, Texas where he was the golf course superintendent for the past 21 years. He has been in the golf turf business for 34 years and served as a regional superintendent overseeing 72 holes for seven years. Additionally, Daniel is a certified golf course superintendent, past president of the West Texas Golf Course Superintendent’s Association and served on the board of directors for the Lone Star Golf Course Superintendent’s Association for eight years. His earned his turf degree is from Western Texas College in 1982. Brian currently […]

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December 28, 2011

How To Avoid Thielaviopsis Root Rot On Petunia

How can you prevent thielaviopsis root rot on petunia? Follow these steps to protect your crops, or to identify thielaviopsis on infected plants.

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November 21, 2011

Avoiding Cercospora Leaf Spot On Pansy And Viola

Spreading easily, cercospora leaf spot should be scouted from the beginning of the production cycle, as it can be carried on seeds and plugs. Use these recommendations from Margery Daughtrey to detect it early and contain it.

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November 21, 2011

How To Prevent Phytophthora Problems On Pansy

It’s a pansy vs. phytophthora smackdown! Use these tips from Margery Daughtrey to identify the symptoms and treatments to protect pansies against the ravages of phytophthora.

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November 21, 2011

Pansy Diseases You Should Know

While not extremely common, see and hear the symptoms and causes for these miscellaneous pansy diseases, including botrytis and alternaria.

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November 21, 2011

Got Poinsettia Spots?

Many different problems can cause spots on your poinsettias. Look for these warning signs to determine what’s infected your crop.

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November 14, 2011

Natural Industries Hires Product Development Director

Crop protection manufacturer Natural Industries has hired George Stallings as director of product development. Prior to joining Natural Industries, Stallings was a managing technical consultant for a variety of agribusiness firms, including Sipcam Agro USA, Syngenta, Scotts and Pace International. Previously, Stallings had spent four years as product development manager at Monsanto. Receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, Stallings then went on to receive a Masters in Science Communications at Colorado State before graduating with honors and a PhD in Plant Science at the University of Idaho. “We are really excited about having George on our R&D team,” says Matt Kowalski, Natural Industries president. “His vast experience with developing innovative products for the domestic and international marketplace is key to our long-term expansion.” Stallings will primarily be responsible for managing Natural Industries’ commercial development program for existing and experimental biopesticides that are near registration, and to provide […]

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