Greenhouse

One of the most unique operations one can find themselves in is in a greenhouse. That's no secret to you because every day the game changes. Whether it's weather-related, labor-related, or plant-related (always), you go through a million hats a day plus some. These resources offer the strategies and information you need, whenever the lightning -- er, challenge -- strikes.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 16 2018

A newly published research article compared the uptake and dissipation of two neonicotinoid residues in nectar and foliage of Ilex and Clethra. The research was led by Dr. Dan Potter, University of Kentucky, and partially funded by the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) through the Pollinator Stewardship Initiative.
 
The two neonicotinoids evaluated wer...

Craig Regelbrugge January 16 2018

Amidst a series of bipartisan White House-convened meetings to pursue a deal on border security and a solution for the roughly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as minors and protected from deportation under President Obama’s so-called DACA program came a disparaging comment from President Trump. He questioned aloud why America would want immigrants from some less-fortunate nations...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 03 2018

Plant pathologists and the green industry were treated to a trifecta of disease headlines this holiday season.
 
First, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture confirmed that a new boxwood blight quarantine will go into effect February 4, 2018. The new quarantine includes all material currently known to transmit the disease, including Buxus species, Sarcococca

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2017

The EPA announced on December 14 that by September 30, 2018, the end of the current federal fiscal year, it plans to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to solicit public input on proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard requirements for minimum ages, designated representatives, and application exclusion zones. EPA also plans to issue an NOPR related to the minimum age in...

Tal Coley December 19 2017

As we’ve reported, the trucking electronic logging device (ELD) mandate took effect December 18. The agency handling the enforcement, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has been under increased scrutiny as the deadline approached.
 
Perhaps the biggest issue affecting the grower community centers around the agricultural exemption, which exempts cer...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 05 2017

A research report to be released soon points to a connection between fungicide usage and prevalence of Nosema, a fungal pathogen, in bumblebees. The study is unique in that it is the first to consider multiple factors on a landscape scale associated with bumblebee decline. In total, 24 such variables were factored into the analysis and included things such as habitat, land use, and pesticide us...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 21 2017

Your input is very important to researchers! A research collaboration led by Dr. David Byrne, Texas A&M, will be submitting a proposal to conduct research on the use of remote sensing to assess plant traits.
 
These researchers would like to better gauge the interest of the industry in using remote sensor technology for monitoring purposes (such as for abiotic and/or dise...

Craig Regelbrugge November 21 2017

Dr. Steve Bronars, an economist who advises AmericanHort and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, has analyzed the just-released USDA Farm Labor Survey results and has provided us with a chart of the expected 2018 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for those using the H-2A visa program. These ne...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 06 2017

The IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program convened a meeting recently to set research priorities for 2018 and 2019. On a national level, the priorities include:

  • Fungicide efficacy against Botrytis
  • Fungicide efficacy against root and crown rots caused by pathogens other than Phytophthora and Pythium
  • Crop safety of new fungicide...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 06 2017

The EPA has announced new restrictions on the use of the herbicide dicamba. Following hundreds, maybe even thousands, of claims this past summer of suspected crop damage by dicamba throughout several states, the EPA evaluated the use of dicamba formulations in agricultural crops. After discussions with dicamba registrants, land grant universities, and states, the EPA announced new, voluntary la...