October 29, 2009

Berger Has New Sales Director

Valerie Berger has been promoted to corporate sales director at Berger Peat Moss. Valerie, daughter of President Claudin Berger, previously served the company for two years as corporate director of special projects. In her new role, Valerie is responsible for all sales at Berger. She has an MBA in international management. For more information on Berger, visit its website at BergerPeatMoss.com.

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October 28, 2009

Ellepot Papers Now VeriFlora Approved

Two types of papers Ellepot USA uses–the Ellepot EP and VP papers–are now certified as VeriFlora Approved Input Materials. According to VeriFlora, some of the sustainable attributes related to the use of Ellepot EP and VP papers include: –Degradable papers produce less waste and environmental impact than alternatives such as plastic pots.–EP and VP papers are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified from well-managed forests.–Ellepot paper is, in many cases, sustainable cheaper than plastic pots. –One roll of paper is equivalent to about 17,000 4-inch pots. One pallet of paper holds 32 times that, or 540,000 pots, taking up much less space (and weight) on a pallet, allowing greater efficiency in transportation.–The Ellepot reduces the amount of planting media needed and avoids root shock when transplanting by keeping the soil secured around the root system. “Ellepot USA is proud to have two of our paper types approved as VeriFlora input materials,” […]

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October 21, 2009

Sun Gro Adds One To Sales Team

Jason Padden, greenhouse chapter president of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, has joined Sun Gro’s products sales team last month. Padden will serve Sun Gro as sales representative in the Pacific Northwest. Padden previously worked at Terra Nova nurseries, where he focused on sales, marketing and logistics. He has a bachelor’s degree in plant sciences from the State University of New York. For more information on Sun Gro, visit SunGro.com.

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September 1, 2009

No Soil, No Problem

Plastic pop bottles, for many of us, are another way of referring to polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This thermoplastic polymer is most commonly used to create the containers we use for foods and beverages. It’s also one of the most commonly recycled materials in the world. But did you know that PET is now making a push into the arena of growing media? You read correctly, growing media. So the next time you polish off a bottle of your favorite soda over lunch, make sure to toss it into the correct recycling bin. After all, it may revisit you down the road during your next production run. Fighter Jets To Begonias It takes a special person to make the connection between the aerospace industry and the horticulture industry. In this particular case, that special person is Joe Byles, president of Freedom Garden Products.  Byles first began working with PET in the […]

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June 17, 2009

Mixing Up Media

ASB-Greenworld ASB-Greenworld Professional Container Mix is a moist and ready-to-use container mix that’s specially formulated for growing container plants with medium demand of nutrients. The mix contains New Brunswick sphagnum peat moss, screened composted pine bark and fertilizer. It is packaged in a 2.8-cubic-foot loose fill bag. FafardFafard is rolling out redesigned packaging later this year for its professional mixes for 2009-10 to reflect the company’s new brand positioning, “The Science Behind the Art.” Backed by a strong scientific background, Fafard believes the quality and consistency of its growing media is the perfect canvas to create horticultural masterpieces. Riceland PBH is a uniquely processed rice hull media amendment. Offering significantly less dust, lower basic cost and decomposition over time, it is a good perlite replacement. OMRI listed and WSDA registered, PBH supports organic production. Its physical size, shape and bulking properties produce optimum air-filled pore space, water-holding capacity and drainage. Smithers-Oasis […]

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June 17, 2009

Online Only: Smithers-Oasis On Substrates

Greenhouse Grower: Over the last 40 years, how has Smithers-Oasis evolved to keep meeting the rooting needs of growers? Nathan Keil: From the earliest days, Smithers-Oasis has been solution oriented. Paul Ecke Jr. first approached Smithers-Oasis to make a foam media that he could root poinsettias in and ship all over the world, without worrying about spilled media during shipment. Since then, Smithers-Oasis has worked with virtually every university and scores of researchers to further improve and develop rooting/growing techniques for its cellular rooting media. OASIS Grower Products has consistently provided the key attributes growers have valued for almost 40 years: uniformity, cleanliness, high degree of aeration, unitized configuration and just-in-time inventories for their rooting needs. GG: What are growers looking for now? NK: In general, growers are looking for products and services that will deliver consistent quality and value to their operation time and time again. Growers are looking […]

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June 2, 2009

Jiffy Products Adds Sales Manager

Jiffy Products, a provider of propagation systems and substrates, has appointed Rick Friedrich as North American Sales Manager. Friedrich has more than 25 years experience in the horticulture, agriculture and lawn and garden industries. Friedrich earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Cal Poly State University and did master’s work at the University of Phoenix. He will be based in Lorain, Ohio. For more information on Jiffy, go to www.jiffypot.com.

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March 19, 2009

A Growing Medium To Consider

Densu Ventures Inc. has redesigned its website to share new sales information for growers, landscapers and retailers to highlight two research studies conducted by students and faculty at the University of Florida. You can check out the redesigned site here. The two most significant finds of the study on Densu Coir are its capability for holding water and that it’s more forgiving than other substrates when plants are over fertilized. According to the study, Densu Coir can absorb six to eight times its weight in water. Densu Coir can be hydrophilic when initially purchased with moisture content at 15 to 25 percent as observed by researchers at Jiffy. It takes up to 60 hours for Densu Coir to attain its maximum water holding capabilities. At that capability, Densu Coir still maintains porosity at 20 to 28 percent. Growing tests by New Style Gardening, an organic greenhouse operator in Burlington, Ontario, […]

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December 3, 2008

Media Matters

Always at the leading edge, in 1994, Berger Peat Moss was the first peat company in North America to obtain the ISO 9001 international quality control certification. This has permitted Berger to continue to develop and provide consistent high-quality products. For example, the introduction of the new “Euro Mix” line of mixes provided growers with a 100 percent quality peat mix with no added aggregates. The environment has always and will continue to be a priority in Berger’s operations, making sure that we protect the resource and other environmental issues for generations ahead. We have developed the 3Rs for a healthy environment: Reduce, Respect & Restore. We were the first peat producer to introduce the large volume packing. The “Skyscraper” was a revolutionary innovation that has helped to reduce plastic wastes considerably and increase productivity for growers. In an effort to respect the environment, one of Berger’s missions is to […]

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September 25, 2008

Berger Spanning Across Canada

Berger Peat Moss has been harvesting peat moss in Quebec for more than 45 years and in New Brunswick for more than 20. Now, with the opening of an operation in Manitoba, Berger has created 20 new jobs and will be able to provide its products to new territories. The new peat bog and production plant, located in Hadashville, Manitoba, required a $6 million investment. “We are extremely thankful for those who have participated in this project in making it a success,” says Martin Emond, sales and marketing coordinator at Berger. Berger officially opened in Manitoba on Sept. 10. Aside from its operations in Canada, the company also operates out of Texas. For more information on Berger, click here.

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September 16, 2008

Plan On Peat Moss Shortage

The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), whose members represent 95 percent of North American peat production, has announced harvests are critically low for 2008 due to wet weather. CSPMA President Paul Short says the Canadian peat harvest is only at 43 percent at the end of August with a carry-over inventory of 17 percent. This is a record low of 60 percent compared to the last five-year average of 75 percent, he says.  “The inevitable result will likely be a shortage of professional grower peat,” he says. “Abnormal and persistently wet conditions throughout all Canadian peat harvest regions have impacted the ability of the industry to harvest expected volumes.” The area hit the hardest is Eastern Canada, with New Brunswick and Quebec accounting for 66 percent of all of Canada’s peat production. The outcome is the peat moss industry is facing one of its poorest peat harvest seasons on […]

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September 16, 2008

Berger Opens Peat Bog & Plant

Over the summer, Berger Peat Moss has opened a new peat bog and production plant in Hadashville, Manitoba. “The opening of the Hadashville operations will permit us to create apporoximately 20 new jobs and enable us to provide quality new products to new territories,” says Berger’s Sales and Marketing Coordinator Martin Emond, adding the new operations represent a $6 million investment. Based in Quebec, Berger has facilities in New Brunswick, Texas and now, Manitoba. The family-owned business has built its reputation internationally by providing high quality produts and services to professional growers in more than 15 countries, Emond say. ISO 9001:2000 certification combined with Berger quality control management are an integral part of Berger’s operations. For more information, visit www.bergerpeatmoss.com.

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