June 3, 2011
Harrell’s Offering Peat For Florida
Harrell’s has acquired a peat bog containing more than 9 million cubic yards of organic Florida peat. “We already supply Harrell’s branded fertilizers, foliar spray adjutants and wetting agents, says Rick Helpingstine, president of Harrell’s Horticultural Products. “When we saw the exceptional quality of this peat, it made sense for us to expand our offerings to include Harrell’s branded peat and peat-based mixes.” Harrell’s bog, manufacturing and distribution facilities are centrally located for timely delivery throughout Florida. Harrell’s also has technical field representatives throughout Florida that offer media, fertility, pest management and water-quality expertise to the grower market. For more information contact Scott Martiniere, regional sales manager, at email@example.com. Learn more about Harrell’s at Harrells.com.
April 25, 2011
Poll: UK Gardeners Support Peat Alternatives
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds polled 27 influential gardeners, broadcasters and writers in the United Kingdom about whether they use peat in their gardens. According to The Yorkshire Post, 80 percent of those polled use little or no peat in their garden and two-thirds agree with the UK government’s goal of phasing out peat products. UK conservationists say extracting peat for use in gardens, much of which comes from Ireland and the Baltic, leads to carbon dioxide emissions and damages natural habitats and wildlife. Learn more about peat’s sustainability in Greenhouse Grower’s 2010 Peat Report.
March 30, 2011
Jiffy’s Special Blend
Jiffy is introducing its new Jiffy-Mix for growers at this week’s California Spring Trials. Jiffy-Mix is unique in that Jiffy is sourcing peat moss from both Canada and Europe, blending it at a Macon, Ga., facility and distributing it throughout the United States to growers. In all, there are seven standard mixes plus a seedling mix under the Jiffy-Mix label. This particular mix is special, Jiffy’s John Bonin says, because European peat is cut in blocks, whose long fibers improve air-to-water ratios and reduce the need for perlite and other amendments. Jiffy also has the ability to make custom blends with Jiffy-Mix. Tref, which is now part of the Jiffy group, has developed more than 1,000 custom mixes for growers in Europe. Tref’s technologies are now available to Jiffy. Another Jiffy development is its retail concept called Plant In A Jiffy, which we first saw at last year’s Spring Trials. The […]
February 3, 2011
Notes On Densu Coir
Kimberly Moore, an associate professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida, has spent parts of the last four years evaluating a product called Densu Coir, an organic and soiless substrate that’s produced from coconut husks. Moore shares her observations of Densu Coir and a summary of its performance in her research below: Densu Coir Summary In each case, we grew the plants in 100 percent Densu coir. The peat-based substrates were blends of approximately 60 to 80 percent Sphagnum peat with perlite, vermiculite, etc. All comparisons were unbiased experiments. Results presented do not constitute an endorsement of this product. 2009/2010 Densu coir was one of three substrates used to grow Jatopha curcas, a potential biofuel crop. Jatropha plants grown in containers with coir were comparable to growth in containers with peat-based substrate. This study is being published in HortTechnology this year. October 2008 Densu coir was […]
February 1, 2011
Berger Shaped By Consistent Quality, Responsible Peatland Management
John Allen, the U.S. national sales manager for Berger Peat Moss, has been with the company since it first achieved an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard in 1994. And in Allen’s years with Berger, he’s realized one certainty about ISO. “ISO hasn’t gotten us the customer, it keeps the customer with us,” he says. Last November, Berger culminated the pursuit of yet another standard – VeriFlora’s standard for responsible peatland management – making the company the only North American peat producer whose product meets standards for both ISO and Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), which administers the peatland-specific VeriFlora certification program. The driving forces of the two standards are, of course, different. ISO focuses on product quality while VeriFlora is more about environmental management. But both standards have helped Berger focus its business on meeting the needs of its grower customers and the environment. Maximizing Quality With ISO Berger’s original […]
January 20, 2011
Sun Gro Sold To Roofing Company
Peat producer Sun Gro Horticulture has entered into a support agreement with IKO Enterprises, a privately held Canadian company that produces and distributes roofing, waterproofing and insulation board products. IKO has agreed to make an offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sun Gro, other than shares IKO already holds. IKO will acquire Sun Gro for $6.60 per share. Currently, IKO and its affiliates own or control about 19 percent of Sun Gro’s outstanding shares. The transaction is expected to close in March 2011. “We are satisfied that the transaction with IKO results in the best value available to our shareholders,” says Mitch Weaver, president and CEO of Sun Gro and a member of its board of directors. Adds Derek Fee, manager of corporate communications for IKO: “We are very pleased to be increasing our ownership interest in Sun Gro and look forward to building […]
November 29, 2010
Berger Certified For Responsibly Managed Peatlands
Because quality is of the utmost importance to Berger Peat Moss, the company performs a multitude of tests on its product before taking it to market. Berger Peat Moss has earned VeriFlora’s new certification for responsibly managed peatlands, joining peat producers Fafard et FrÃ¨res and Premier Tech Horticulture, both of which earned certification last week. “Berger Peat Moss’s commitment to the standards of the VeriFlora norm is very significant.” says Claudin Berger, CEO. “We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished and we will continue along this path over the long term.” The VeriFlora certification was recently developed in a collaborative effort among members of the scientific community, environmental organizations and government departments related to the peatland sector and the peat industry. VeriFlora-certified businesses are required to comply with specific criteria, and their compliance is validated through external audits completed by an independent third party. Certification takes into account the […]
October 28, 2010
The Peat Report: Setting The Record Straight
A new website is online at www.tourbehorticole.com/en to provide general information to the public about peat while offering a communications platform to support networking among business members of the Québec Peat Moss Producers Association and the partners of those businesses. The site’s visitors will find information about peat bog ecology, peat moss production, Québec industry management practices, various uses of sphagnum moss, and more. A blog will soon be added for those interested in participating in discussions related to peat production and horticulture. Among the members of the Québec Peat Moss Producers Association are Berger Peat Moss, Fafard, Lambert Peat Moss, Premier Tech Horticulture and Sun Gro Horticulture.