December 2, 2013

5 Beneficial Insects And Mites You Need To Know For Greenhouse Thrips Control

Thrips are a perennial problem in greenhouses everywhere, but biological control is an increasingly popular tool for greenhouse growers to manage these pests.

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Eretmocerus eremicus adult

December 2, 2013

4 Beneficial Insects And Fungi You Need To Know For Greenhouse Whitefly Control

Whitefly is a perennial problem in greenhouses everywhere, but biological control is an increasingly popular tool for greenhouse growers to manage these pests.

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Nemasys And Millenium Beneficial Nematodes from BASFm_Nematodes

November 19, 2013

Biocontrol Products For The Greenhouse

Whether you’re new to biocontrols or have an established program, finding new tools is important. Check out these latest bicontrol products available for your crop.

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Delphastus pusillus

November 19, 2013

5 Mistakes You May Be Making With Biocontrols

Starting a biocontrols program is a learning process and if there’s one thing for sure, it’s that you will make some mistakes. Here are five mistakes many growers encounter when they start with biocontrols.

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Encarsia formosa

November 19, 2013

Biocontrol And Pesticide Compatibility Resources

There are a number of resources readily available on the web to help you find compatible pesticides for your biocontrol program.

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Steinernema carpocapsae

November 19, 2013

4 Keys To Biocontrol Success

Biocontrol use in greenhouse pest control is increasing as more growers understand the differences from traditional chemicals and unique requirements for the best results. Here are four keys to keep in mind when implementing a biocontrol program in your greenhouse.

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Aphidoletes aphidomyza biting an aphid on the leg.

November 19, 2013

4 Beneficial Insects You Need To Know For Greenhouse Aphid Control

Aphids are perennial problems in greenhouses everywhere, but biological control is an increasingly popular tool for greenhouse growers to manage these pests.

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November 18, 2013

MSU’s Horticulture Gardens Celebrate 20 Years

Michigan State University marks the 20-year Anniversary for its Horticulture Gardens. The Trial Gardens help growers and gardeners choose the right plants, part of a gardening tradition that spans more than 150 years of history.

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November 18, 2013

Dr. Allan Armitage Issues A Challenge To The Industry

Looking forward, marketing itself effectively will continue to be the biggest challenge the floriculture industry faces, according to Dr. Allan Armitage, professor emeritus of horticulture at the University of Georgia, where he taught for more than 30 years. “We have to be more creative and market ourselves,” he says. “Until we get a national marketing program that everyone throws money into, we will not go anywhere. We need to promote the message that using our products is healthy and makes people feel better. We have to focus on the young people. We need to have a message for them – that they need plants, they need us – and it has to reach them on TV and social media.” The garden of tomorrow is all about lifestyle and ease, and it doesn’t go much further than the deck. That means growers need to produce more lifestyle plants and “paint-by-number” combinations […]

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November 15, 2013

The Centennial Edition Crop Protection Handbook Is A Reliable Reference

The 2014 Edition of the MeisterPro Crop Protection Handbook is the largest and most comprehensive in its long history of providing comparisons of products and cross-referencing brand names to active ingredients.

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November 15, 2013

5 Keys To Successful Purchasing

According to distributor representatives from Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Ball Seed and BFG, growers can save money by following this checklist: ■ Keep good records of what you’ve purchased in years past. ■ Pool your orders together to save money, get good terms and reduce delivery charges. ■ Make plans at least one year ahead on capital investments to ensure availability and allow for any contingencies. ■ Let suppliers know about your future investment plans and needs, to take advantage of any special deals. ■ Think about how your business will evolve and keep suppliers in the loop to help you choose investments that will meet your needs now, but also as your operation grows.

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November 15, 2013

3 Items Growers Should Always Have On Hand

Dan Morrissey, construction manager for Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, says no matter what, there are three essential items growers should have: • Back up generator: “These are sometimes overlooked, but if you lose power, you lose everything,” Morrissey says. “I have customers who don’t have them but a generator is one of the most important pieces of equipment a grower should have.” • Accurate environmental controls system: “What generally happens in our industry is, we spend a lot of money on greenhouse structures and benching and seem to run out of money for environmental controls and spend very little on these systems. But they can save you a lot of money early, so it’s very important to have an accurate system.” • Spare parts: “If I have 15 heaters on my range and didn’t have an extra transformer, extra valve, extra fuse, extra roll of polyethylene, and something happens to my […]

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November 15, 2013

How To Get The Best Deal By Working With Distributors

Your local distributor representative might be a greater resource than you realize.

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November 14, 2013

Taking Time To Educate Consumers Pays Off

How many springs have we been hearing customers lament over failed echinaceas? “Fancy” echinaceas (peach, salmon, mango, yellow, doubles, shaggy, hideous) are not our native purple coneflowers — not even close. They have been infused with blood from at least four other species, none of which are as vigorous or tough as the purple coneflower. The result is that gardeners plant these unusual beauties with great enthusiasm, only to find they do not return the next year. I’m not sure how many people actually read this column, but I bet many of you are nodding your heads in agreement. From Akron to Atlanta, the complaint is the same: the new echinaceas are not long-lasting. How many times must we shoot ourselves in the foot? Soon we will need prosthetics. Little research has been done, and I am aware of no scientific papers published on this phenomenon. So what do we […]

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November 14, 2013

The Basics & Beyond: Understanding The Differences Between Photoperiodic And Supplemental Lighting

As I talk to growers around the country, I often find that there is confusion between (1) photoperiodic lighting used to create a long day for flower induction of long-day plants and (2) supplemental lighting used to increase the total quantity of photosynthetic light received over the course of the day, which is referred to as daily light integral (DLI) in the greenhouse. For more information on DLI, please visit http://bit.ly/11x79eK To add to the confusion, supplemental lighting is sometimes referred to as photosynthetic or assimilation lighting. In this article, I will attempt to clarify the differences to assist you in selecting the appropriate lighting strategy for your greenhouse crops. Understanding Photoperiodic Lighting The number of hours of light in a 24-hour period (photoperiod) controls flowering of both short-day and long-day crops. It is actually the uninterrupted period of darkness that controls flowering responses. Long-day plants are those that only flower […]

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