January 2010
January 2010
January 19, 2010
Drew Guffey, the 2010 GPN/Nexus Intern of the year, is striking a balance between his old-school training in a family business with the new techniques and knowledge he gained at Colorado State University. And that balance...
The rove beetle, Atheta coriaria, appears to be an effective biological control agent (natural enemy) of certain greenhouse insect pests, including fungus gnats, shore flies and thrips. Currently, A. coriaria is commercially...
It has long been known that, during periods of dark weather, high-intensity supplemental lighting can increase photosynthesis and plant quality of floriculture crops. However, until recently, the definition of “dark” weather...
In early December, we found out that GPN had won a 2009 Gold Eddie Award. The September 2008 issue of GPN was selected as the best single issue in the “Business to Business: Agriculture/Farming” category. You’re probably...
If you asked a grower whether they’d added more than 1,000 customers to their books in the past three years in this struggling economy, it’s doubtful you’d find many that could say they had. Jim and Jonathan Berry can. J....
The time to start long-term planning for your family business is as soon as you believe that your family business will be around for the long term. Maybe you haven’t even let yourself think about it: “I’m too young to think...
Baptisia is one of the most reliable, long-lived and easy-to-grow perennials in the landscape. These attributes, combined with its striking garden appeal, has led to its selection as the Perennial Plant Association’s 2010...
Consumers look at food’s packaging to find its calorie, protein, fiber and cholesterol content. Then they weigh that information with the price and decide which products to purchase. Walmart envisions consumers looking at a...
Improper pesticide tank mixing can cause production problems ranging in severity from mere nuisances to major mishaps. It can also put further strain on growers’ budgets and labor. Applicators should follow pesticide label...
“Leadership in the Recovery: What’s Next?” is the theme for the 2010 Big Grower Executive Summit scheduled to meet Feb. 21 to 23, 2010, at the Embassy Suites – Tampa/Brandon, Fla. The Executive Summit is produced by GPN/Big...
Until recently, any reference to impatiens often included a phrase like “the perfect choice for shady gardens.” With the advent of New Guinea Impatiens more than 20 years ago, these varieties would at least tolerate some...
It’s January, and though many people have made resolutions, few will keep them. It takes little effort to make them, but people fail when they lack the focus and drive to carry them through. While they’re bigger and more...
In my November 2009 column, I wrote that housing is a critical component of the economic recovery now in progress. So far, the housing side of the recovery can be described as three steps forward, two steps back. The latest...
In the November 2009 issue of Big Grower, regular contributor Dr. Charlie Hall at Texas A&M University wrote about how critical the housing market is to the overall recovery of the economy. Boy, is it ever. As 2009 came...