November 2006
November 2006
For the last few years, the prospects for new chemistries were rather bleak, so it finally feels good to have some hope. In addition, most of the new chemistries are reduce-risk or organophosphate (OP) replacement products...
By now you probably have already noticed there is a new logo at the bottom of the cover of this issue of GPN. Not to toot our own horn, but … HONK! HONK! HONK! Yes, GPN was a gold medal winner at the 2006 Eddie Awards for...
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda? Diane Pirocanac Vice President/ Group Publisher (847) 391-1046 dpirocanac@sgcmail.com An advertisement tacked to my office wall reads: “Cease to say shoulda, coulda, woulda.” These words are my...
Many people in the industry still associate the Costa name with foliage. But in the past 10 years, what was a sleepy, south-Florida company has grown into a national powerhouse in both foliage and bedding. The Costa family...
One Size Doesn’t Fit All In place of its cookie-cutter stores stocked largely with the same products, Wal-Mart is customizing its merchandise mix to reflect one of six demographic groups: African-Americans, affluent citizens...
Picture yourself in this situation: You are busy managing the greenhouse when an employee suddenly notifies you that a co-worker has been injured. You drop what you are doing and discover the injured employee has his finger...
Most homeowners and gardeners are very familiar with pansies and violas, which occupy the fall and early spring landscapes. Most pansies are produced as bedding plants as are various hybrids of Viola x wittrockiana. Many...
Increasingly, new annual varieties are released to growers as cuttings rather than seed. This assures consistency in final product and increased production but requires a different set of skills from growers than what is...
Everything from cookies and candy bars to vegetables now comes “bite-size.” For me, it started with the Beit Alpha minicucumber. The Beit Alpha cucumber has traditionally been grown in the Mediterranean region and marketed...
The use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is becoming more prevalent as many different industries — from pharmaceutical to airline companies — adopt the technology and experiment with its uses, but can it be used to...
Consider two small towns in America’s heartland: Each has an established small grower and has been invaded by a big box store. A few years later, one grower is bankrupt; the other grower is surviving and thriving! Why did...
Each year I face a challenge to think of enough topics for the articles, columns, newsletters and talks that I do. I have been doing the fungicide update for GPN off and on for about seven years, and sometimes I know what I...
Post-patent products, new experimental products and an evolution in how chemicals are applied are the topics in this year’s look at plant growth regulator (PGR) trends. All of our registered growth regulators are older...
Daily light integral (DLI) isn’t that friendly of a term. The units are cumbersome, and the value is not really easy to measure. However, the DLI has a profound impact on plant growth and development for essentially all...
Vendor managed inventory (VMI) systems allow growers to have more control of their destinies on the sales floor of pay by scan stores. The vendor is responsible for how much product is in the garden center and how it looks...
As a plant hormone, ab-scisic acid (S-ABA) plays an important role in several plant processes, such as seed dormancy, winter bud dormancy, and leaf and fruit abscission. But research has shown that S-ABA has potential for...
The trend toward increasing competition for revenue and consolidation and the resulting need for new operating models and relationships is not unique to business. Horticulture academia is also going through similar...
Border-Fence Laws Signed In a move against illegal immigration, President Bush signed two laws in October authorizing the payment and construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. The first law will pay for...
Greenhouse owners/managers always ask if there is anybody in the industry who is making money. The answer is “Yes!” Growers have maneuvered through pay by scan, vendor managed inventories, rebates, merchandising fees, sell-...