Nursery

Ever notice how nursery growers carry themselves just a little differently? There's a reason for that, and we get it. You've seen the industry evolve in ways that might have once been unimaginable, and you've survived and evolved faster, stronger, better. When you're looking to stay ahead of the curve, look here. There's information on plants, disease, governmental influences, business management, and more.

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. October 10 2017

Boxwood producers and landscape managers:  your help is needed to direct future research! Please consider completing a short, less than five-minute survey to help identify attractive groundcovers as potential boxwood companion crops.
 
Dr. Chuan Hong, Virginia Tech, and his team ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 25 2017

Tennessee has become the second state to pursue establishment of a quarantine to restrict movement of boxwood and Sarcococca that could be infected with boxwood blight. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently held a hearing to discuss the proposal.
 
Citing the significant risk to nursery production and landscapes, the quarantine was deemed necessary for pro...

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...

Craig Regelbrugge August 15 2017

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) maintains voluntary industry consensus standards governing tree, shrub, and other woody plant management practices. The so-called A300 standard is developed by an accredited standards developing committee of which AmericanHort is a participating member. The A300 standard is organized into 10 sections, several of which are under review and potential revi...

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...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Just about every decision Congress makes results in someone winning and someone else losing. With Congress expected to soon pivot to some form of tax overhaul, what policies and provisions are most important to horticulture? 
 
This will be the topic of the day on August 9 as AmericanHort offers two webinars to e...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

AmericanHort has received field reports suggesting an uptick in I-9 audits in our industry, in northeast Ohio, Tennessee, and perhaps elsewhere.  Now would be a good time to double-check that your practices are in order. 

In one audit, the Department of Labor (DOL) investigator asserted that inside salespeople fell outside the definition of agriculture and were therefor...