Building on talents

2021-04-29T10:15:30-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower Midwest|

Farmer Dre is always looking to innovate farm practices. Because of that, despite the challenges of 2020, his farm had its best year yet. Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Orchard & Bakery

by Sally Colby

The difficult, year-round work involved with owning a farm isn’t every family’s dream, but it was for the Gradinarius. (more…)

Off to a good start

2021-04-29T08:55:55-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Don’t allow cuttings to become water stressed because stress increases the risk of crown budding. Start to establish wet/dry cycles, but don’t let cuttings or liners become dry or wilted. Photo by Sally Colby

by Sally Colby

Many who visit garden centers in late summer and early autumn are looking for mums to brighten the landscape, so mum growers strive for full, healthy plants. (more…)

Learning how to turn off your stress switches

2021-04-29T08:53:25-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

Matt Rush and Rich Taylor are the founders of a wellness program named “Stress Free You.” Rush, who has a ranch in Texas, used to work in corporate business. Taylor is a former advertising executive. They are also co-authors of the book “Stress Free You! Discover How To Turn of Stress with the Flick of a Switch.” (more…)

Improving the precision of air-assist orchard spraying

2021-04-29T08:43:02-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

There are three different ways to improve the precision of existing orchard spraying systems. That’s what Dr. Jason Deveau of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and author of the seminal “Airblast 101,” believes. And when you’re trying to improve accuracy, the best advice for one sprayer isn’t necessarily what’s best for another. (more…)