Growing through diversification

2021-09-03T10:55:09-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower Midwest|

The Wolcyn family grows a variety of trees on more than 1,000 acres. The soil varies among growing sites, with some sandy loam and some lighter soil, which is good for growing conifers, especially firs, but irrigation is necessary. Photo courtesy of Wolcyn Tree Farms

by Sally Colby

Trees are a serious business for the Wolcyn family of Cambridge, MN. (more…)

Invaders for sale: How to stop the intentional spread of invasives

2021-09-03T10:48:24-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Oriental bittersweet is a threat to native environments by aggressively choking out other woody plants. Photo courtesy of JW Shultz/RISCC

by Courtney Llewellyn

A team of researchers has found that existing regulatory and ethical guidelines are not limiting the widespread introduction of invasive plants. (more…)

What’s in it for me?

2021-09-03T10:15:49-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Marsha Gray, executive director of the CTPB, presented up-to-date information on national promotion board activities at the summer meeting of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. Photo by Sally Colby

Christmas Tree Promotion Board update

by Sally Colby

No one had trouble selling Christmas trees last year, but Marsha Gray, executive director (more…)

Change before you have to

2021-09-03T10:11:10-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Whether it’s computer chips or clay pots, the supply chain for a wide variety of goods – and even services – continues to see massive upheaval. Amidst demand issues, there is also a transformation of the digital ecosystem occurring. Advances in technology, shifts in consumer behavior and the “Amazon effect” have all majorly altered logistics (more…)

Thoughts on Alternative Energy Systems That Could Be Used on the Farm

2021-09-03T10:01:36-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

As I was digging out some large tree stumps with my backhoe, my thoughts migrated to what the early pioneers must have experienced in clearing land for farming. I reflected on the past – windmills or hand pumps used to move water, wood for fuel, candles or oil lamps for light, and horses and wagons to transport people and produce to market. (more…)