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Choosing and Using Propagation Media

Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

If you root cuttings, you make use of one or more of the three kinds of propagation media: engineered media or “foam” (such as Rootcubes); stabilized media or “paper plugs” (like Fertiss) and bonded media or “glue plugs” (such as Terra Plugs). But why choose one over the other? What does each offer?

In this free GrowerTalks webinar, our guest expert, Dr. Vijay Rapaka, will share the details of all three kinds of propagation media. He’ll tell you how each system works, the pros and cons of each for various crops, and offer tips and tricks for maximizing your rooting. He’ll also go into extra depth about Oasis’ latest propagation media, Terra Plug.

This is a must-attend webinar for growers of greenhouse annuals, potted crops, perennials, woody ornamentals and grafted vegetables.

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

Sponsored by:

Oasis Grower Solutions

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Making "Fronds" with Foliar Fungicides

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pathologists divide plant diseases into two groups: foliar disease and root disease. If only pathogens would read and follow our guidelines!

In this free webinar, our expert, Dr. Janna Beckerman, will go into detail on a range of foliar diseases, briefly focusing on diagnosis, but more heavily emphasizing management, and also how to most effectively deploy fungicides. She’ll also talk about how some diseases, namely phytophthoras, pythiums and rhizoctonias, can “jump the shark” as she puts it, causing both root rot and aerial blights.

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Getting Started with LED Lighting

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

With the 2018 growing season fast approaching, now is a good time to set up a small trial of LED lighting. But if you’re not sure how or why to go about a trial, join us for this webinar to hear how other growers have initiated their first trial with LEDs and what they learned in the process. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The importance of comparative lighting scenarios—how to track and measure
  • How LED lighting may impact crop inputs and other operational factors
  • Why LED lighting isn’t “one size fits all”
  • Results from growers that have conducted trials under Philips LEDs

Guest expert Dr. Abhay Thosar is a Senior Plant Specialist with the Horticulture LED Solutions division of Philips Lighting. Dr. Thosar regularly collaborates and consults with growers to ensure trials and installations of Philips LED lighting are set up with the correct light recipe. 

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online

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Best New Plants for 2018—Part II

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017

The second half of Chris and Ellen's Spring Trials coverage includes the best new annuals, perennials and more from the northern portion of the California Spring Trials. Varieties from the following companies are featured: Syngenta, Proven Winners, Danziger, Benary, Sakata, American Takii, Westhoff, Hem Genetics and more. We guarantee you'll find something to add to your 2018 variety line-up!

Presented by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online; and Ellen Wells, editor at large, Green Profit, buZZ! and Tropical Topics.

Sponsored by:

PanAmerican Seed

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Best New Plants for 2018—Part I

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Join Chris Beytes and Ellen Wells (aka "The Bobbleheads") for a tour of the highlights from the California Spring Trials. The duo will share the pick of the trials in annuals, perennials, tropicals and other categories, plus share the best of display ideas, news, novelties and things that made them go "Hmmmmm." Part 1 will cover the Southern stops, which includes all the Ball companies, GroLink, Dümmen Orange, Terra Nova, Floranova, Hort Couture, Florist Holland and more.

Presented by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online; and Ellen Wells, editor at large, Green Profit, buZZ! and Tropical Topics.

Sponsored by:

Ball FloraPlant

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Fire Ants 101 for Greenhouses and Nurseries

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

If you’ve never been stung by a fire ant, consider yourself lucky—and a beneficiary of the quarantine protocols that have (so far) kept fire ants relegated to the southern U.S. west to Texas. But without good management they could spread, as with the May 2017 case of fire ants being found in Delaware in a shipment of Florida palms.

In this Ball Publishing webinar, fire ant expert Lawrence “Fudd” Graham of Auburn University will share some fire ant history and biology, and go over the fire ant quarantine protocols for nursery stock and greenhouses. You’ll learn:

  • Where fire ants came from, how they spread via nursery crops, and why they are quarantined
  • Fire ant biology—if you don’t know how they grow, you can’t effectively manage them
  • What you can do to safely ship out of the quarantine area
  • A recent example of what kind of “free advertising” you can get if you don’t meet quarantine guidelines

Presented by Lawrence “Fudd” Graham, coordinator of the Alabama Fire Ant Management Program, Auburn University. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

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Armitage Unchained!

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Perennials like you’ve never heard before

Ball Publishing is hosting perhaps the most unusual webinar we’ve ever been a part of. Our special guest, Dr. Allan Armitage, is going to be turned loose to share anything on his mind regarding his specialty, perennials—plus a whole lot more!

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • He may talk about some of his favorite new varieties and also tried-and-trues that you’ve maybe forgotten.
  • He might offer some things that every perennial growers should—or shouldn’t!—know, or do. - There’s a good chance he’ll share some stories from his latest book, “Of Naked Ladies & Forget-Me-Nots.”
  • Also: marketing, natives, pollinators, new plants and “thoughts from the crystal ball”—all in an hour!

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime webinar. Sign up now at www.ballpublishing.com/webinars.

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Mildew Madness: Powdery Mildew vs. Your Crops

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Powdery mildew is a perennial problem … and it can certainly mess up your annuals, too! Guest expert Margery Daughtrey will explain the difference between powdery mildews and downy mildews, and how this difference affects disease management in flower production. She’ll show an array of symptoms, some of which would really fool you, and talk about strategies for managing these diseases with fungicides. This webinar will resonate with growers of hydrangea, gerbera, rosemary, begonia, calibrachoa and many, many other crops.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between PM and DM
  • How PM can be overlooked if you’re not careful
  • The likely hosts of PM in the industry today
  • What management strategies are appropriate for PM, and why

Presented by Margery Daughtrey, Senior Research Associate, Cornell’s Long Island Research & Extension Center
Hosted by Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

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Controlling Weeds in Greenhouses and other Covered Growing Structures

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Controlling weeds in covered houses, such as greenhouses and overwintering structures, presents unique challenges. Successful weed management programs combine sanitation practices with residual and post-emergence herbicides. In this webinar, our weed expert, Dr. Joe Neal of North Carolina State University, reviews the principles and practices that will enable you to develop a safe and effective weed management plan for your covered growing areas.

Presented by Dr. Joe Neal, Professor of Weed Science, NCSU. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

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Growing Edible Crops—Lettuce, Herbs, Tomatoes and More—with LED Lighting

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LED lighting technology is being used by more and more growers because of benefits that include faster growth, more flowering and improved coloration. Learn how LEDs can improve growth of lettuce, leafy greens, herbs and high-wire tomatoes and cucumbers.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The benefits of adding supplemental light to your edible crop growing area
  • Factors to consider when comparing LED to high-pressure sodium
  • The effect of LED blue and red spectrum on crop growth

Our guest experts are Doug Marlow, Business Development Manager; and Erik Stappers Plant Specialist. Both are with the Horticulture LED Solutions division of Philips Lighting.

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

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Getting More from Your Proven Winners Plants

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

If you grow Proven Winners, whether just a few trays or acres of them, you want to get the most out of the genetics that you can. Big, full plants that you can charge top dollar for and that will leave your customers hollering for more. This webinar will help you do that.

Our expert, John Gaydos, Director of Product Development for Proven Winners, has years of experience with the brand, and he knows the little tips and tricks that will help you squeeze all the potential from each variety. Such as:

  • Grow the roots first—Because without a great root system, everything else you do to the plant will be affected
  • Grow in the right environment—Know your growing facilities and put plants where they grow best
  • Proper timing is everything—Including profit!
In addition, John will unveil a few of the new varieties Proven Winners will be launching for 2018 at Kirigin Cellars Winery during the California Spring Trials in April.

Presented by John Gaydos, Director of Product Development, Proven Winners. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

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How to Grow Spring-Blooming Hellebores

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hellebores are beloved for their Christmas and mid-winter blooms, but more and more growers are trying the hybrid types, such as the Frostkiss series, which bloom later into the spring than the traditional niger types. But the hybrids are a bit of a different animal to grow. In this webinar, our expert April Herring-Murray will share some tips for growing hybrid hellebores, including:

  • Proper planting seasons
  • Fertilization schedules
  • Suggested pot spacing
  • Should a hellebore be pinched?
  • The magic recipe to get maximum blooms in the spring

Featuring April Herring-Murray, New Product Development and Marketing Manager for Pacific Plug & Liner and hosted by Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit

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Perennials: Dare to Go Bare (root, that is)

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

If you buy in perennial starter material, you know that there’s a wide range of products available, from seed plugs and tissue culture liners to divisions and bare root. All have their benefits and potential challenges, but bare root perennials seem to bring up the most questions. Our expert, Jeremy Windemuller, Trial Manager for Walters Gardens, will address some of the most common questions and topics, including:

  • Bare Root Grades: What size fits your style of production?
  • Bare Root vs. Plugs: What plants are better grown from bare root?
  • Types of Root Systems
  • How to handle bare root upon arrival
  • Planting and Growing Techniques
  • Finishing
Presented by Jeremy Windemuller, Trial Manager, Walters Gardens. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit

Sponsored by:

Walters Gardens

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An Agronomic Approach to Spring Pest Management

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Preparation is an essential part of effective disease and insect management. The presence of water on leaves, high humidity levels, temperature changes and decreased air flow can lead to favorable conditions for a variety of diseases. And even the most rigorous sanitation program and careful scouting can't exclude all insects. However, by incorporating an agronomic program as part of your overall production plan, you can be better prepared for the coming season. In this webinar, you'll learn:

  • Just what is an "agronomic program"
  • How to properly rotate pest control products by mode of action
  • How to manage resistance during production
  • How you can save time, money and resources

Presented by Nancy Rechcigl, Technical Field Manager for Syngenta, and hosted by Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

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Hot Retail Trends and Tools for Capitalizing on Them

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Start the new year right—with a look at some of the top retail trends of 2017. Jessica DeGraaf, Retail Account Manager for Proven Winners, will share the hot trends she has gathered from online research, social media and her weekly visits with retailers nationwide. Then she’ll outline the tools that Proven Winners offers -- such as their website, Gardener’s Idea Book, Certification Program and videos -- that can help you make the most of those trends.

Hosted by Jen Polanz, editor, Green Profit and Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit

Presented by Jessica DeGraaf, Retail Account Manager, Proven Winners

Sponsored by:

Proven Winners

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