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. 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...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 12 2017

The Whitefly biotype Q Task Force (WTF-Q) coordination council met recently in Florida to discuss future direction. The coordination council is made up of two representatives each from industry, the regulatory community, and the research community, as well as a USDA-APHIS coordinator. AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) co-chair the industry part of the coordination coun...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 28 2017

Is there a pest problem that’s been giving you grief because you can’t find adequate control tools? Now you have the opportunity to tell someone about it – someone who may actually be able to find a workable solution.
 
The IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program conducts research studies to develop efficacy and crop safety data to support new and expanded pest...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 15 2017

The mild winter coupled with the hot and dry weather conditions in the southeast U.S. have resulted in high populations of whitefly this summer. Vegetable and cotton producers in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida are reporting higher than normal populations earlier than normal.
 
Historically, whitefly populations are localized in the Southeast with population surges normally obs...

Gina Zirkle March 21 2017

Poinsettia breeders produce new cultivars like car manufacturers produce new models.  Some are slight variations of previous models; others may have radical changes.  They do it to keep customers’ interest high with the hope of increasing sales.  For similar reasons, plant breeders are constantly looking for new cultivars for all traditional floriculture crops.  I...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2017. The HortScholars program is open to any student in a horticulture-related degree program, and includes students pursuing any degree level including associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD. Students wishing to apply may do so online at Am...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Overview
The purpose of the American Standard for Nursery Stock is to provide buyers and sellers of nursery stock with a common terminology in order to facilitate transactions involving nursery stock. For instance, the standards establish common techniques for (a) measuring plants, (b) specifying and stating the size of plants, (c) determining the proper&n...

AmericanHort Contributor December 02 2016

The federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) protects agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from occupational exposure to pesticides. The responsibility for providing WPS protections rests with the employer. Horticultural growers are most affected by WPS compared to other less-intensive agricultural producers because they have more workers performing hand-labor with pesticide-treated plan...

Marcus vandeVliet September 23 2016

Each potential project should flow through a repeatable process. The process would begin with the initial phone call and conclude with the completion of the approved project. This will dramatically improve the consistency which will lead to an improved customer experience and company profitability. A consistent project process (Figure 1) is also critical to your company’s differentiation ...