February 15, 2012
Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) On Impatiens & New Guinea Impatiens
Although INSV infects many crops, look to impatiens first to determine if the problem is INSV or botrytis. Here are some tips on how to spot it and prevent its spread from Margery Daughtrey of Cornell.
February 15, 2012
OHP To Show Off Plant Growth Regulators At California Spring Trials 2012
OHP has announced its participation in the California Spring Trials from March 23-31, 2012. Returning to the trials again this year, OHP will showcase the results of its plant growth regulators (PGR) on perennials and annuals such as lantana, geranium, petunia, calibrachoa, sedum and pennisetum (grass) at American Takii in Salinas. In addition, OHP will demonstrate the effect of its PGR Augeo on no-pinch poinsettias. OHP Senior Technical Manager Dave Barcel will coordinate the display, evaluating the performance of the OHP’s PGRs B-Nine, Cycocel, Paczol and Augeo on the many quality varieties of American Takii. “We feel very privileged to be able to be a small part of the event,” notes Barcel, who will be participating in his 17th Spring Trial. “American Takii has graciously agreed to provide us an expanded demonstration area for this year’s trials. They are a great host and destination spot.” The annual event draws attendees […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]