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University of Georgia Horticulture Department

How Many Dollars Are Falling Off Your Greenhouse Bench?

Author: Paul Thomas Losing plants to disease and insects, nutrition or neglect happens to all of us. Our goal for publishing the e-Gro series of alerts and seminars is to give you advanced awareness of issues and potential way to address them.  Still, losses happen, and in my recent greenhouse…
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Three Factors That Can Impact The pH Of Growth Media

Author: Brian Sparks The pH of water used in plant production is important when it comes to mixing with pesticides and dissolving micronutrients in water. However, according to Jose Chen Lopez, a horticulture specialist with Premier Tech Horticulture, the water pH has little influence on the pH of the growing…
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Foliar Absorption of Nutrients Learning Module

It is so refreshing to see companies doing great things to educate growers! Harrell’s LLC has a tradition of doing this and the following product is a wonderful example of that. Thanks to Harrell’s LLC for allowing us to re-post. Welcome to the Foliar Absorption of Nutrients Learning Module This…
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Let’s not forget 2007…

The forecast is eerily reminiscent of 2007. Let’s not forget that the last frost date for north GA is a month out! Please consider the prospect of a late freeze when considering if you should remove cold frame covering. I wouldn’t do it until April 10…  
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USDA adds seven (7) Georgia counties to the Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Area

On February 22, 2016 The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) added Barrow, Cherokee, Douglas, Fannin, Habersham, Murray, and White Counties in Georgia to the list of regulated areas for the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The Federal Quarantine specifically regulates the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood…
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The American Chestnut Foundation – Georgia Chapter Meeting

Meeting Description The GA-TACF annual meeting is an exciting opporunity to learn more about American chestnut restoration research in Georgia and national restoration efforts! Attendees will hear research presentations from Georgia scientists as well as from nationally recognized plant geneticist William Powell, who leads ground-breaking transgenic work with blight-resistant chestnuts…
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Changes to the Worker Protection Standard

by Joseph LaForest I  thought that many of you may be interested in recent changes to the Worker protection Standard.  EPA put out a good comparison chart which is in the PDF. http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf   Here are what they list as the major revisions include Annual mandatory training to inform farmworkers on…
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Pruning Workshop – Feb 24 – UGA Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA

Back by Popular Demand!  Our pruning program will cover the A-Z of proper pruning techniques for all of your ornamentals and will briefly cover pruning fruit trees. Equipment selection and care will be addressed in detail. We will also cover the when, where, and how’s to prune certain plants and…
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2016 Center for Applied Nursery Research Grants Announced

Congratulations to the following researchers on their successful grant proposals in 2016. Research projects focus on agricultural engineering, environment and plant microclimate monitoring, entomology, plant pathology, soil science, horticulture, plant breeding and evaluation, new product evaluation, propagation, and water managemen. There are 5 funded projects for the year 2012 directed by…
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Highlights: January 26, 2016 Edition

The aim of HighLights newsletter is to keep nursery and landscape professionals, Extension and research personnel, Master Gardeners, horticultural suppliers, and home gardeners up-to-date on news from the Trial Gardens and horticultural research at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville. Highlights 3-1
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2016 Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicator Handbook Released

Download entire pdfs for the current edition of commercial handbooks. Includes volumes 1 and 2, as well as a pdf that combines both volumes into one file. Also included is information on using the pdfs on mobile devices. GA Pest Management Handbook 2016 – Volume 1 Includes all sections in…
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Precision Irrigation – Publications and Information Resources

SCRI-MINDS “Specialty Crop Research Initiative – Managing Irrigation and Nutrition via Distributed Sensing” Our project is all about saving water, increasing efficiency and reducing the environmental impacts of ornamental plant production practices! We are using wireless sensor networks and environmental modeling to more accurately predict and apply irrigation water in nursery…
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Highlights: July 27, 2015 Edition

The aim of HighLights newsletter is to keep nursery and landscape professionals, Extension and research personnel, Master Gardeners, horticultural suppliers, and home gardeners up-to-date on news from the Trial Gardens and horticultural research at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville. HighLights 2015-07-27
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2015 International Trials Conference – Portland, OR – August 24-27, 2015

Wilsonville, Oregon (July 9, 2015) – The International Trials Conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon, has announced its schedule of stops for this year’s conference tour of area sites playing vital roles in plant research, testing, and production. The day long excursion takes place on the next to last day of…
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