June 4, 2008

Pageant, FreeHand Among New BASF Products

BASF recently unveiled two new products for use in greenhouses and ornamentals–one for disease control and the other for weed control–in Pageant and FreeHand. Pageant fungicide combines boscalid and pyraclostrobin, the active ingredient in Insignia fungicide, to provide control of pythopthora and downy mildew diseases in just minutes. FreeHand herbicide, meanwhile, combines a granular formulation of dimethenamid-P with pendimethalin for time-saving weed control. “Growers everywhere are seeking competitive advantages, including those that help control input costs and boost profit margins,” says Toni Bucci, business manager at BASF. “FreeHand herbicide gives growers a powerful, cost-effective alternative to manual weeding.” For more information about BASF, go to www.betterplants.com.

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May 14, 2008

Spanish Version Of BASF Pest Management Guide

To help Spanish-speaking growers select the most effective solutions for a variety of pest management challenges, BASF Turf & Ornamentals has posted a free Spanish version of its Pest Management Guide online. The guide can be accessed at www.betterplants.com. “As an innovative leader in the pest management industry, BASF is committed to helping growers make informed decisions about which products will best meet their needs,” says Toni Bucci, business manager at BASF. “This Spanish version of the guide helps Spanish-speaking growers use science more responsibly while yielding better plants.” The guide addresses fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. Charts in each section include information on Fungicide Resistance action Committee (FRAC), Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) mode of action classifications for each product listed. In addition, the charts provide a side-by-side overview of primary target pests, chemical group, active ingredients and trade names, as well as […]

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May 14, 2008

Personnel Changes At Cleary Chemical

Cleary Chemical has promoted Bill Cunningham to director of marketing and hired Pedro Perdoma as director of research and regulatory affairs. Cunningham began his career at Cleary in 2005 as sales coordinator. In his new role, he’ll direct all advertising efforts with outside agencies, gather, assess, develop and track industry information, and write and implement sales programs. Cunningham will also oversee the Cleary Web site and plan and organize all company educational seminars, webinars and promotional events. Perdoma, meanwhile, will be responsible for product research and federal regulatory affairs related to the turf and ornamental industry. Perdoma was previously the Morris County, N.J., agricultural agent for Rutgers University Cooperative Extension.

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September 19, 2007

New Peroxide Product

PERpose, a new peroxide-based plant and soil oxygen enhancer is on the market through A Growing Alternative. Like other peroxygen-based products, PERpose releases activated oxygen into the root zone to enhance plant growth and maintain healthy roots. It can be applied through the soil, into the root zone or directly over plant material through misting and fogging without causing phytotoxicity. It also reduces and even eliminates scale build up in irrigation lines, holding tanks, fog/mist heads, cooling pads, flood floors and filters. For more information, visit the PERpose Web site.

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September 12, 2007

APHIS In Atlanta

USDA’s new Atlanta plant inspection station is emerging as a hub for importing plant material. In our recent survey of cuttings producers, Fischer USA, Oro Farms, GroLink/Athena and GGG International all report using Atlanta in addition to Miami, which has always handled the largest volume. Atlanta is USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) newest station of live plants. APHIS has 16 inspection stations at international airports and seaports. An additional one in Beltsville, Md., is strictly for research. While most are on our coasts and borders, Atlanta and Orlando are more inland. The opportunity to have a station in Atlanta came with the vacant horse quarantine center that was used during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. It was authorized by Congress in 2004 and used on a trial basis with low-risk plant material the next two years. In May, a cold storage facility was added, opening the station […]

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June 20, 2007

OHP Adds Chemtura Brands

Through a new partnership, OHP will be assuming marketing and sales functions for the Chemtura’s greenhouse and nursery crop protection products, along with providing customer service and technical support. These include: Adept, Dimilin and Pedestal insecticides; Floramite miticide; Terraclor, Terraguard and Terrazole fungicides; Casoron herbicide; and B-Nine and Paczol plant growth regulators. For more information, visit: http://www.ohp.com

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January 10, 2007

Smithers-Oasis Acquires Floralife From Rohm and Haas

Smithers-Oasis Acquires Floralife From Rohm and Haas  CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2007—Smithers-Oasis Company, a privately held company headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of floral foam and related products, has purchased Floralife®, Inc., a recognized leader of post-harvest floral products, from AgroFresh, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rohm and Haas Company, for an undisclosed amount. Rohm and Haas is a publicly- traded specialty materials company based in Philadelphia. Smithers-Oasis manufactures and markets floral foams, accessories and floral mechanics to the retail floral market worldwide. Floralife manufactures and markets a complete line of post-harvest flower care products for the floral industry. Both companies also manufacture and market products for the grower/greenhouse industry. The product lines of both Smithers-Oasis and Floralife are highly complementary, according to Smithers-Oasis Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Walton. “This acquisition offers perfect synergy of product lines, distribution […]

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January 10, 2007

Bayer Advanced Wins 7th Consecutive Trophy

Bayer Advanced Wins 7th Consecutive Trophy  The Bayer Advanced float also debuted the All-America Rose Selections’ 2007 winners for best roses of the year — Rainbow Knock Out, Moondance and Strike it Rich. For more information click here. World’s Tallest Roses Reign at 2007 Rose Parade www.OrganicBouquet.com makes history with spectacular 5+ foot tall eco-blooms Pasadena, Calif. (December 28, 2006)–Billions of flowers have adorned the floats of the Rose Parade in its 117-year history, but never a rose that stands as tall as the Rose Queen herself… until this year. Organic Bouquet (www.OrganicBouquet.com), the eco-flower pioneer, announces the debut of the World’s Tallest Roses at the 118th Rose Parade in Pasadena, where they will grace the float of the 89th Rose Queen, Mary McCluggage, as well as the Santa Fe Springs float. The first certified sustainably grown flowers ever used in Rose Parade history, these magnificent red roses grow naturally […]

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