The Debates Rage On

This is a very exciting time for Greenhouse Grower magazine. This issue marks our 20th Top 100 Growers list, a time for us to look back to see where the industry has come from, as well as ahead to its future. There are some interesting predictions as to what the future holds from our survey respondents this year.

It’s also an exciting year for our Medal Of Excellence Awards, which are handed out at Pack Trials to visionary breeding companies and also celebrates 20 years in 2007. This year we debut our Reader’s Choice Award. You, our readers, will select the winner of the award based on new introductions at Pack Trials. Beginning on May 21, voting will open online on our Web site, www.greenhousegrower.com. There you’ll find photos and details on the nominees, as selected by our industry review committee that attends California Pack Trials.

If you vote, you might be a winner, too. All voters will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a free OFA Short Course registration and a special invitation to our Medal Of Excellence ceremony held at Short Course, where the winners will be revealed. This is an exciting new opportunity for us to hear your picks for which single new variety merits an award for excellence in breeding. Be sure to visit www.greenhousegrower.com on May 21 to make your selections. 

Top 100 Theories

This issue also marks the first for our new Growing Green series on trends in sustainability – biodegradable pots, organic plants, media mixes and the growers who use them. Our Top 100 Growers told us how they feel about the organics trend. Of 53 respondents, 46 said they do not grow organic products, and a few questioned the consumer benefit of such products, the extended turn time for these crops and the added expense to grow them. Even if our new series doesn’t make you rush out and convert your entire operation to a green one, at least you’ll get a snapshot of what new products are available and the debate will rage on!

Back to our Top 100 Growers coverage for a moment. I see several very interesting statistics from our Top 100 this year. First off, we asked the question, "What is the number one challenge that has arisen in the last 20 years?" It was a multiple choice question, and of 57 respondents, only two chose "Lessening demand for plants." I was sure "Decreased margins" and "Decreased competition at retail" would garner many votes, but with all the talk about the young, non-gardening generation, fewer growers and overproduction of live goods, I thought lessening demand would be a more popular answer. I guess that’s some good news for our industry. People are still gardening! What do you think?

For even more statistics from our Top 100 Growers survey, visit www.greenhousegrower.com and look for the Top 100 Growers logo.

Leave a Reply

Latest Stories
LumiGrow Vine Crops Guide

August 19, 2017

New Lighting Guide for Vine Crop Growers Now Available

The new guide from LumiGrow is intended to help greenhouse tomato, cucumber, and pepper growers use LED lighting more effectively to maximize profits, boost yields, and increase crop quality.

Read More
Four Star 2018 Catalog

August 18, 2017

Four Star Greenhouses’ 2018 Catalog Includes New Variet…

The new catalog is available in both print and digital formats, and features information on new trays that allow for more plugs per square foot.

Read More
Gage Willey

August 17, 2017

Shinoda Scholar of the Year is Aiming for a Long Career…

Gage Willey, a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Greenhouse/Nursery Production. His goal is to own a production and retail nursery.

Read More
AFE Scholarship Video

August 16, 2017

Looking to Host an Intern This Year? Consider AFE’s Sch…

The American Floral Endowment is accepting applications for its Vic and Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program and Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program until Oct 1. Interested companies can apply anytime to become a host employer.

Read More
Delta T Devices WET Sensor in Space

August 15, 2017

Greenhouse Environmental Sensor is Truly “Out of This W…

Delta-T’s multi-parameter WET Sensor has been used by Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Lab to cultivate lettuce plants within the weightless atmosphere.

Read More
griffin-expo

August 15, 2017

Griffin Becomes Newest Distributor for Master Nursery G…

The agreement allows Griffin to join Master Nursery’s network of more than 150 supplier partners, while giving Master Nursery access to new product and service options for member businesses in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Pacific Northwest regions.

Read More
Tal Coley, AmericanHort Director of Government Affairs

August 15, 2017

AmericanHort Has a New Director of Government Affairs

Tal Coley, a U.S. Air Force veteran who has an extensive background in issues advocacy, will play an active role in AmericanHort’s upcoming Impact Washington event in September.

Read More
Recyclable Horticulture Plastic Containers

August 15, 2017

How to Know Which Plastic Containers You Can Recycle

Michigan State University’s Garrett Owen offers tips to help you properly dispose of plastic containers, flats, and trays.

Read More
Francis Kwong, PanAmerican Seed

August 15, 2017

Ornamental Seed Scientist Francis Kwong Dies at Age 65

Kwong was most recently the Director of Seed Technology for PanAmerican Seed, and his research was instrumental in the development of calibrachoa, angelonia, and other plants.

Read More
Laura Drotleff

August 15, 2017

Why Consumers May Be More Interested in Plants Than You…

A visit to a local lavender event is a reminder that when you tap into something consumers are excited about and want to experience, the reward can be long-lasting,

Read More
Three Sections of Vineland Research Centre

August 14, 2017

Canadian Greenhouse Conference Features Focus on Techno…

This year’s Canadian Greenhouse Conference kicks off on October 4, and there is no shortage of presentations devoted to how growers can implement new technology in their greenhouses.

Read More
Youngs Greenhouse Space Growing Feature

August 14, 2017

How Young’s Plant Farm Invests in New Structures and Eq…

The Auburn, AL-based Top 100 Grower operation is improving its production infrastructure so it can continue to efficiently produce quality plants and keep up with demand.

Read More
HOVE International Rolling benches on concrete

August 11, 2017

Greenhouse Bench Systems Designed to Handle Any Space

HOVE bench systems from HOVE International can accommodate multiple levels while allowing for run-off water collection.

Read More
DTH 800 (Link4 Corporation)-feature

August 10, 2017

New Sensors Can Help You Manage Your Greenhouse Crop 24…

The wrong environmental conditions in your greenhouse can potentially lead to significant crop loss. Here’s how sensor technology manufacturers are helping you safeguard your greenhouse.

Read More
LED toplighting, Runkle - feature

August 9, 2017

Lighting Technology Under the Microscope at Production …

Here’s a sneak preview of three lighting trends that will be discussed by Erik Runkle at the Production Technology Conference.

Read More

August 9, 2017

Vestaron

Vestaron’s Spear insecticides carry labels for control of thrips, white flies and spider mites on both greenhouse ornamentals and greenhouse vegetables.

Read More

August 9, 2017

Bayer

Bayer’s Altus insecticide can be used before, during and after bloom to control whiteflies, aphids and other sucking pests on a wide range of ornamental pests.

Read More

August 9, 2017

Jiffy

Jiffy’s orchid plug propagation system has been shown to deliver production time savings from 25% to 40% as the uniform substrate stimulates fibrous root growth throughout the plug.

Read More