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Sustainable Nursery Irrigation Management Series: Part 1 – Water Use in Nursery Production

Water is essential to plant life and is a critical input to nursery crop production. For plants, water is used in temperature regulation, as a carrier for nutrients and plant hormones, and is the hydraulic force behind growth. Water is taken up by plant roots and is lost to the…
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April edition of the UGA Extension Plant Pathology Update

The April Update includes: March Plant Disease Clinic Report Table of plant disease samples diagnosed a year ago in April 2012 Eastern red cedar rusts Bulb mites and spot anthracnose samples Watch out for downy mildews on ornamental plants Fungicide spray guide for Spring-planted peppers Wheat foliar disease update Turfgrass…
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Best Management Practices for Field-Grown Nursery Crops and Got Quality?

Best Management Practices for Field-Grown Nursery Crops and Got Quality? Ted Bilderback, Professor and former Extension Specialist for Nursery Crops, currently Director of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University Field-grown nursery stock is one of the largest sectors of ornamental plant production in Kansas. Although many growers are…
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Evaluation of fungicides for the prevention of boxwood blight, 2012.

K. L. Ivors, L. W. Lacey, and M. Ganci Dept. Plant Pathology, North Carolina State Univ. 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759 This trial evaluated the efficacy of several commercially available fungicides for preventive activity against boxwood blight caused by Cylindrocladium buxicola. Treatments were arranged in a randomized complete…
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Simple calculator for Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts(TM) 20%.

Simple calculator for Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts(TM) 20%. Developed for horticulturist, researchers and hobbyist who use Hortus IBA (TM) (20%) to vegetatively propagate plants. Hortus IBA (TM) (20%), one of the leading commercial rooting hormones, allows users to vary the strength (concentration) of their rooting based on their particular…
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Robots in Nursery Production

If you want a glimpse into the future, check out the action in a drab warehouse in Billerica, Mass. That’s where a start-up called Harvest Automation is working out new robots that could wipe out an entire category of agricultural labor. Harvest sells small, battery-powered robots that move potted trees…
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Estimating the Wholesale Cost of Nursery Production

Estimating the Wholesale Cost of Nursery Production Tom Fernandez, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing Understanding nursery costs helps growers improve cost management and production efficiency. Accurate cost estimation helps growers set prices that enable them to recover costs and maintain profitability. Dr. Fernandez shares a new spreadsheet tool…
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Best Management Practices for Your Weed Control Program

Best Management Practices for Your Weed Control Program Charles Gillam, Professor of Horticulture, Auburn University, Auburn, AL Dr. Charles Gilliam is one of the leading weed scientists in the United States. He evaluates new chemicals for use in both container-grown and field-grown crops for many pesticide companies. Gilliam has worked…
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Regulatory Plant Issues for Nurseries

Regulatory Plant Issues: What You Must Do to Sell, Import or Export Live Plants from the State of Kansas Jeff Vogel, Kansas Department of Agriculture How do you stay up to date with plant quarantines, emerging pest threats and noxious weed lists? It can be very difficult to keep track…
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Weeds of Container Nurseries in the United States – Online ID Key

Weed control can be one of the most costly risks in the production of container-grown nursery crops. Any control program begins with the correct identification of the weeds present, along with an understanding of their life cycles and modes of reproduction and spread. Treated here are the most common weeds…
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Alternatives to Synthetic Herbicides for Weed Management in Container Nurseries

Weed management is one of the most critical and costly aspects for container nursery production. High irrigation and fertilization rates create a favorable environment for weed growth in addition to crop growth. Weeds can quickly out-compete the crop for light and other resources, reducing the rate and amount of crop…
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Research Needs Survey

We need YOUR input. The UGA Horticulture Department and Center for Applied Nursery Research ask you to take 2 minutes or less and fill out a 4 question – one page survey on your most pressing industry needs pertaining to research. This is your opportunity to let us know what…
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Free Webinar: Disease Management for Winter Annuals

Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia Extension Plant Pathologist, will present common winter annual flower diseases, what to watch for, and how to control them. This Webinar is free to all Landscape Contractors and Extension Professionals. A complete schedule and archive of Landscape Professional webinars may be found at http://ugaurbanag.com/webinars These…
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2013 SNA Research Conference – Mark Your Calendars!!!

August 5 & 6, 2013 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Georgia International Convention Center 2000 Convention Center Concourse College Park, GA 30337 Conference Overview: The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin…
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New Extension Publication – Alternatives to Petroleum-Based Containers for the Nursery Industry

Beginning in the 1970s, container nursery production acreage rapidly increased such that container nursery production is now the dominant method of nursery production. As a standard in the industry, plastic nursery containers are lightweight, durable, familiar to growers, work well with automation, and can be reused or recycled. However, they…
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Register Now for the 2012 Irrigation Show and Education Conference!

  Registration is now open for the 2012 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Nov. 2 – 6, Orlando, Fla.! Early-bird registration at discounted rates will be available through Oct. 5. The Irrigation Show is more than just an annual trade show – it’s a source of valuable information for industry…
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FREE Book!!! – IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production

Southeastern nursery growers now have a new best friend when fighting pests and diseases. A new book, available in hard copy and iBook format for iPads, is now available, thanks to the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group. The book—IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production—is a compilation…
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