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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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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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Scouting Those Plug Trays Is Essential!

After seeing insect and disease issues very early this season, it would be timely to review scouting plug trays. A good program can reduce your costs, losses and headaches significantly. Co-authors Dr. Jean Woodward and Dr. Paul Thomas explain how to approach this methodology. See the full article HERE.
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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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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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Woolly apple aphids

Re-posted from EcoIPM.org. Update: Today while walking around the neighborhood I saw lots of migrating woolly aphids, probably woolly elm aphid, floating through the air. They look like little white troll dolls with white tufts of ‘hair’. Species in the genus Eriosoma migrate between two hosts. Woolly apple aphids have…
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Systems-based Pest Management: Propagation Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to propagation, eliminating or minimizing the spread of pathogens from propagation houses and beds into the main production areas. Five practical tactics are featured, providing an overview of ways producers can stop or minimize the spread…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Irrigation Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to irrigation, eliminating or minimizing the spread of pathogens from recycled irrigation water and standing water in main production areas. It also covers the importance of testing water quality and refining irrigation volume to optimize plant…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Shipping and Receiving

This video covers basic concepts in shipping and receiving from a systems-based pest management standpoint. The video focuses on diligent inspection of plant material, careful record keeping to facilitate tracing plants forward and backward, and frequent sanitation of carts, docks and semi trailers. UT undergraduate student, Halee Jones, and UT…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Potting Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to potting practices. The video provides an overview of practical ways producers can stop the spread of pathogens, pests, and weed seeds that can otherwise be transferred to healthy plants through potting substrate and containers, especially…
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