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Resource Spotlight: Produce Safety in Hydroponic and Aquaponic Operations

Mon, Apr 15th, 2024, created by Beth Scheckelhoff
Have you been looking for a grower-friendly guide to better understand and incorporate produce safety practices in your operation? Look no further! The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety recently released an online resource guide covering produce safety topics for hydroponic and aquaponic growers...

Flashy Tags Demonstrate Benefits

Thu, Apr 11th, 2024, created by Heidi Linberg
The point-of-purchase tags have gotten larger and more attractive in recent years. Dr. Bridget Behe, Professor Emeritus of Horticultural Marketing, always said that consumers "don't buy features, they purchase benefits...

Using Origin Information on Ornamental Plants

Thu, Apr 4th, 2024, created by Alicia L. Rihn
Demand for local products has increased since the Great Recession with a heavy focus on fresh produce (fruits, vegetables)...

Participate in the National Green Industry Survey Today!

Thu, Apr 4th, 2024, created by Beth Scheckelhoff
You are invited to participate in the National Green Industry Survey, a study conducted every five years to help gauge green industry trends, production practices, and marketing and retail trends...

Pick Up the Pot

Thu, Mar 28th, 2024, created by Brian Whipker
More and more growers are utilizing wood-based substrates for production...

Resource Spotlight: 2024-2025 New York and New England Management Guidelines for Greenhouse Floriculture and Herbaceous Ornamentals

Wed, Mar 13th, 2024, created by Beth Scheckelhoff
One of the most used resources for pest management across the floriculture industry has a new face this year!  The former New England Floriculture Guide has joined forces with Cornell University to become a jointly-authored publication, the 2024-2025 New York and New England Management Guidelines for Greenhouse Floriculture and Herbaceous Ornamentals...

Lower Leaf Yellowing and Purpling in Spring Pansies

Wed, Mar 6th, 2024, created by W. Garrett Owen
Over the past few weeks, the Midwest has experienced many cool and rainy days. These conditions create an opportunity for lower leaf reddish purpling to manifest in early spring crops such as pansy (Viola ◊ wittrockiana)...

Disease Control Products for Herb Bedding Plant Production

Thu, Feb 22nd, 2024, created by Jean Williams-Woodward
When choosing products to control plant diseases in greenhouse production, the active ingredient and brand name is an important consideration...

2024 State of the Green Industry Survey

Tue, Feb 20th, 2024, created by Alicia L. Rihn
Dear e-GRO reader: You are invited by the Green Industry Research Consortium, a group of University-based horticulturists and agricultural economists, to participate in our industry survey...

Becoming a Greenhouse Guru: Eight Tips for a New Grower

Wed, Feb 14th, 2024, created by Heidi Linberg
Recently, a group of experienced Michigan greenhouse growers gathered to share their experiences and create lists on how to prepare for the spring growing season...

Upcoming Webinar on Employee Safety and New CE Crop Insurance

Wed, Feb 14th, 2024, created by Heidi Linberg
The Floriculture Team at Michigan State University Extension will be offering a virtual Greenhouse Risk Management Webinar for greenhouse and nursery growers...

Transplanting Tips

Thu, Feb 8th, 2024, created by W. Garrett Owen
The time has come to plan or begin transplanting plugs (seedlings) and liners (rooted cuttings) for spring production...

Updated Bulletin on Biological Control Agents Available

Thu, Jan 25th, 2024, created by Heidi Linberg
In recent years, greenhouse growers have increasingly embraced biological control for pest management...

Watch for Botrytis on Poinsettia

Wed, Nov 8th, 2023, created by Jean Williams-Woodward
Itís time to get your poinsettia crops past the finish line and out the door. There has a myriad of disease issue on poinsettias this growing season including bacterial soft rot, Pythium and Phytophthora root rots, Rhizoctonia stem rot, Alternaria leaf spot, powdery mildew and Botrytis to name a few...

The Eye Eats Before the Mouth, but What Attracts Customers?

Thu, Oct 26th, 2023, created by Alicia L. Rihn
Edible greens (e.g., leafy greens, lettuces, herbs, microgreens) have a variety of aesthetics. Color is a key aesthetic for these items, and they come in various colors from purples and pinks to various shades of green...

Aloha! Hawaiian Beet Webworm in Celosia

Thu, Oct 12th, 2023, created by Dan Gilrein
Each year eastern Long Island, NY is inundated with exotic summer visitors, including some of the entomological persuasion...

Check your roots and scout for disease

Wed, Aug 23rd, 2023, created by Jean Williams-Woodward
It is hot and humid across much of the USA. Heat and high humidity within enclosed production facilities are favorable for disease development...

What Are Your Worst Problems? Help Prioritize Research by Completing Survey

Tue, Jul 11th, 2023, created by Nora Catlin
Complete the USDA IR4 Biennial Grower & Extension Survey and share which pest problems you find difficult to manage due to a lack of sufficient management tools...

Non-chemical Control of Weeds Inside Greenhouses

Mon, Jul 10th, 2023, created by Debalina Saha
Weeds are a persistent problem in greenhouses, hoop houses, propagation houses, and other enclosed structures...

Thrips Tips

Thu, Jun 8th, 2023, created by Dan Gilrein
This spring the Diagnostic Lab received some interesting plant samples showing very different kinds of damage from the same cause: dramatic stunting and distortion of new foliage on fuchsia, stippling and dark specks (droppings) on the upper sides of calibrachoa leaves...

Phytophthora on annual vinca in greenhouses

Tue, May 9th, 2023, created by Jean Williams-Woodward
Phytophthora crown rot and foliar blight, caused by Phytophthora nicotianae, was recently seen on annual vinca (Catharanthus roseus) within greenhouse production...

Propagation Reminders: Poinsettia and Fall Garden Mums

Thu, May 4th, 2023, created by W. Garrett Owen
Though its early-May, itís not too early to start thinking about poinsettia and/or fall mum propagation...

A Snapshot of Native Plant Growers In the U.S.

Thu, Apr 27th, 2023, created by Alicia L. Rihn
In 2022, I had the opportunity to dive deep into production factors that native plant growers use and how that compares to firms growing and selling non-native plants in the U...