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UPCOMING WEBINARS

Armitage Unchained!
Perennials like you’ve never heard before

Dr. Allan Armitage

A free webinar

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Central

Ball Publishing is hosting perhaps the most unusual webinar we’ve ever been a part of. Our special guest, Dr. Allan Armitage, is going to be turned loose to share anything on his mind regarding his specialty, perennials—plus a whole lot more!

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • He may talk about some of his favorite new varieties and also tried-and-trues that you’ve maybe forgotten.
  • He might offer some things that every perennial growers should—or shouldn’t!—know, or do. - There’s a good chance he’ll share some stories from his latest book, “Of Naked Ladies & Forget-Me-Nots.”
  • Also: marketing, natives, pollinators, new plants and “thoughts from the crystal ball”—all in an hour!
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime webinar. Sign up now at www.ballpublishing.com/webinars.

Sponsored by
Ball Seed Company


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LED Lighting for Every Phase of Growing

Dr. Abhay Thosar

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Central

BGetting off to a healthy start is essential when growing ornamental crops. After all, a strong root system is essential to build a strong plant — one that can survive through the transplanting and finishing process.

In this free webinar, guest expert Dr. Abhay Thosar, Senior Plant Specialist with Philips Lighting, will discuss the real-world results that growers are getting from their LED lights on a variety of ornamental crops and herbs. In this webinar you'll learn:

  • How to accurately measure light and determine the amount of supplemental light you need
  • Why the right light during propagation is so important
  • How to use light to grow with greater predictability, to ensure hitting your target delivery dates
Presented by Dr. Abhay Thosar, Senior Plant Specialist, Philips Lighting. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

Sponsored by
BASF


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PREVIOUS WEBINARS

Mildew Madness: Powdery Mildew vs. Your Crops

Powdery mildew is a perennial problem … and it can certainly mess up your annuals, too! Guest expert Margery Daughtrey will explain the difference between powdery mildews and downy mildews, and how this difference affects disease management in flower production. She’ll show an array of symptoms, some of which would really fool you, and talk about strategies for managing these diseases with fungicides. This webinar will resonate with growers of hydrangea, gerbera, rosemary, begonia, calibrachoa and many, many other crops.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between PM and DM
  • How PM can be overlooked if you’re not careful
  • The likely hosts of PM in the industry today
  • What management strategies are appropriate for PM, and why
Presented by Margery Daughtrey, Senior Research Associate, Cornell’s Long Island Research & Extension Center
Hosted by Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

Sponsored by



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Controlling Weeds in Greenhouses and other Covered Growing Structures

Controlling weeds in covered houses, such as greenhouses and overwintering structures, presents unique challenges. Successful weed management programs combine sanitation practices with residual and post-emergence herbicides. In this webinar, our weed expert, Dr. Joe Neal of North Carolina State University, reviews the principles and practices that will enable you to develop a safe and effective weed management plan for your covered growing areas.

Presented by Dr. Joe Neal, Professor of Weed Science, NCSU. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

Generously sponsored by BASF


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Growing Edible Crops—Lettuce, Herbs, Tomatoes and More—with LED Lighting

LED lighting technology is being used by more and more growers because of benefits that include faster growth, more flowering and improved coloration. Learn how LEDs can improve growth of lettuce, leafy greens, herbs and high-wire tomatoes and cucumbers.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The benefits of adding supplemental light to your edible crop growing area
  • Factors to consider when comparing LED to high-pressure sodium
  • The effect of LED blue and red spectrum on crop growth
Our guest experts are Doug Marlow, Business Development Manager; and Erik Stappers Plant Specialist. Both are with the Horticulture LED Solutions division of Philips Lighting.

LED webinar experts

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.


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Getting More from Your Proven Winners Plants

If you grow Proven Winners, whether just a few trays or acres of them, you want to get the most out of the genetics that you can. Big, full plants that you can charge top dollar for and that will leave your customers hollering for more. This webinar will help you do that.

Our expert, John Gaydos, Director of Product Development for Proven Winners, has years of experience with the brand, and he knows the little tips and tricks that will help you squeeze all the potential from each variety. Such as:

  • Grow the roots first—Because without a great root system, everything else you do to the plant will be affected
  • Grow in the right environment—Know your growing facilities and put plants where they grow best
  • Proper timing is everything—Including profit!
In addition, John will unveil a few of the new varieties Proven Winners will be launching for 2018 at Kirigin Cellars Winery during the California Spring Trials in April.

Presented by John Gaydos, Director of Product Development, Proven Winners. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

John Gaydos


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How to Grow Spring-Blooming Hellebores

Hellebores are beloved for their Christmas and mid-winter blooms, but more and more growers are trying the hybrid types, such as the Frostkiss series, which bloom later into the spring than the traditional niger types. But the hybrids are a bit of a different animal to grow. In this webinar, our expert April Herring-Murray will share some tips for growing hybrid hellebores, including:

  • Proper planting seasons
  • Fertilization schedules
  • Suggested pot spacing
  • Should a hellebore be pinched?
  • The magic recipe to get maximum blooms in the spring
Featuring April Herring-Murray, New Product Development and Marketing Manager for Pacific Plug & Liner and hosted by Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit

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Perennials: Dare to Go Bare (root, that is)

If you buy in perennial starter material, you know that there’s a wide range of products available, from seed plugs and tissue culture liners to divisions and bare root. All have their benefits and potential challenges, but bare root perennials seem to bring up the most questions. Our expert, Jeremy Windemuller, Trial Manager for Walters Gardens, will address some of the most common questions and topics, including:

  • Bare Root Grades: What size fits your style of production?
  • Bare Root vs. Plugs: What plants are better grown from bare root?
  • Types of Root Systems
  • How to handle bare root upon arrival
  • Planting and Growing Techniques
  • Finishing
Presented by Jeremy Windemuller, Trial Manager, Walters Gardens. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit

Sponsored by Walters Gardens

Walters Gardens


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An Agronomic Approach to Spring Pest Management

Preparation is an essential part of effective disease and insect management. The presence of water on leaves, high humidity levels, temperature changes and decreased air flow can lead to favorable conditions for a variety of diseases. And even the most rigorous sanitation program and careful scouting can't exclude all insects. However, by incorporating an agronomic program as part of your overall production plan, you can be better prepared for the coming season. In this webinar, you'll learn:

  • Just what is an "agronomic program"
  • How to properly rotate pest control products by mode of action
  • How to manage resistance during production
  • How you can save time, money and resources
Presented by Nancy Rechcigl, Technical Field Manager for Syngenta, and hosted by Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online.

Sponsored by Syngenta
Syngenta


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Hot Retail Trends and Tools for Capitalizing on Them

Start the new year right—with a look at some of the top retail trends of 2017. Jessica DeGraaf, Retail Account Manager for Proven Winners, will share the hot trends she has gathered from online research, social media and her weekly visits with retailers nationwide. Then she’ll outline the tools that Proven Winners offers -- such as their website, Gardener’s Idea Book, Certification Program and videos -- that can help you make the most of those trends.

Hosted by Jen Polanz, editor, Green Profit and Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit

Presented by Jessica DeGraaf, Retail Account Manager, Proven Winners

Sponsored by Proven Winners
Proven Winners


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LED Lighting as a Commercial Possibility: Myth or Reality?

You’ve probably heard that LED (light-emitting diode) lighting technology offers advantages over conventional lighting for many greenhouse applications. But are they really worth the money? What do they offer in return for the significant up-front investment? In this webinar, you’ll learn:

- Factors to consider when determining supplemental light requirements
- How the light spectrum of LEDs influences crop production
- What factors to consider when evaluating LEDs as a lighting option
- How to determine if the economics of LEDs work for your business

Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit and Acres Online with Abhay Thosar, Ph.D., Senior Plant Specialist, Philips Lighting.

Sponsored by Philips Lighting.


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Catch up with EuroAmerican: Website, Promotions, New Varieties

EuroAmerican’s slogan “Color Opportunities 365 Days a Year” means there’s always something new happening at the Southern California greenhouse. In this webinar, you’ll learn about:

- Special discounts on liners for 2017, including Senetti, poinsettias and catharanthus
- Updated features on the EuroAmerican website
- Great new varieties for 2017-2018, including begonias, craspedia, osteo, penstemon and sedum
- Upcoming events at EuroAmerican

Your experts are Ron Newble, Program Development Manager, and Amanda Flint, Product Development Manager. Your host, as always, is Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks.


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Disease ID and Management in Container Nurseries

Dr. Aaron Palmateer addresses the economically important diseases affecting containerized nursery production. He covers disease diagnostic characteristics, including symptoms and signs associated with pathogens, along with common disorders that are often mistaken for plant disease. Then he offers an overview of your disease management options, including the results of recent fungicide efficacy trials.

Dr. Palmateer is Associate Professor of Ornamental Plant Pathology at the University of Florida Tropical Research & Education Center in Homestead, Florida. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit.

Sponsored by



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Introducing EuroAmerican's Liner Program for HGTV Home Plant Collection

Southern California young plant producer EuroAmerican has partnered with HGTV HOME to produce their collection of vegetative plant varieties, and they'd like to share the benefits and details of the program. In this webinar you'll learn:

- How to grow your profits with the brand power of HGTV HOME
- How EuroAmerican has simplified the liner ordering process
- Which plants and combinations are the brand's top sellers
- What's new for 2017

Presented by Ron Newble, National Program Development Manager, EuroAmerican, and Sarah Rolfes, Account Manager, HGTV HOME Plant Collection. Moderated by Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit


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Create Colorful Fall Landscapes with Pansies, Perennials and Mums

Jeff Gibson, Ball Landscape Business Manager; Lind Kiscellus, Ball Seed Chrysanthemum Business Manager; and guest landscape expert Lyndsi Oestmann, from Loma Vista Nursery in Olathe, Kansas, discuss favorite varieties and best practices for pansies, perennials and mums, along with choosing the right plant for the right landscape customer.

Other topics they cover include new planting designs and interesting new varieties to light up the fall landscape.

Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit and the newsletter Acres Online, is your host.


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Adding Beneficial Nematodes to your Pest Control Program

Beneficial nematodes can easily be integrated into most pest management programs to help deal with common problems such a Western flower thrips and fungus gnats.

Suzanne “Buglady” Wainwright-Evans is a renowned expert on biocontrols. She shows you how you can get started using beneficial nematodes. And if nematodes are already part of your program, she’ll give you tips on getting the most out of them. Topics include pests controlled, application methods, chemical compatability and storage.

Presented by Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting. Hosted by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit magazines

Sponsored by:



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Mites in the Nursery: Identification, Miticides and Biological Control

Are you bugged by mites? Do you know which species they are? Among the myriad miticides, which one do you choose? This webinar will give you the tools you need to identify mite species common in the greenhouses and nursery, develop an integrated mite management program and select the most appropriate miticides based on location, species, life stage, residual longevity, and compatibility with biological controls.

Our guest expert will be Dr. J.C. Chong, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University.

Our host is Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit.

Sponsored by:



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Spring Trials Part I: The Southern Stops

The first of two Spring Trials 2016 webinars, this one covers the highlights from the southern half of the trials. Companies we visited included (but are not limited to) all of the Ball Horticultural Company divisions, Green Fuse Botanicals, Dummen Orange, Terra Nova, Florist Holland, Hort Couture, PlantHaven, Schoneveld and Suntory.

As always, you can trust co-hosts Ellen Wells and Chris Beytes to bring you the best of the best new varieties and ideas, with all the details you need.

Sponsored by Ball FloraPlant


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Root Rot Management for Annual and Perennial Crops

Of all plant health problems, root rots tend to be the most under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed. This isn't surprising, considering that we can see the crop’s stems, leaves and flowers, while the roots are hidden beneath the soil. Unfortunately, soil-borne fungi and water molds are the cause of some of the most widespread and serious diseases in the greenhouse. This webinar will focus on the cultural and chemical management of the most common root rots we encounter in the greenhouse.

Our guest expert is Dr. Janna L. Beckerman, Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University.

Your host will be Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit magazine.

Sponsored by:



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Growing Opportunities for the Warm Season

As the warm seasons approach, join EuroAmerican Propagators for a webinar with information about their latest offerings for warm-weather growing and selling. Southern California's superior light levels and endless bright sunny days make Euro an expert at helping you grow plants for warm-season opportunities. Topics include:

- 2016-2017 top, new and featured varieties
- "Sunbathers" varieties with exceptional heat tolerance
- "Hot Combinators" warm-season combinations
- Warm-weather landscaping
- Savvy Succulents

Our experts are Amanda Flint, Product Development Manager; and Adam Flint, Finished Plant Production Manager.

As always, our host is Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit

Sponsored by EuroAmerican Propagators


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Weed Management in Container Nurseries

Weed management in container nurseries is complicated by the diversity of crops, weeds and products available. In this webinar, Dr. Joe Neal will discuss the principles that guide herbicide selection and rotations for container nurseries. Topics will include:

- Product efficacy on the most common and most difficult-to-control weeds
- How to use available resources to select the most appropriate herbicides
- Putting together a weed management plan for different crops


Your expert for this webinar is Dr. Joe Neal of North Carolina State University. Your host will be Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks magazine.

Sponsored by BASF


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"Plants with Personality" for Landscapers

Do you offer landscape services? Or are your customers professional landscapers? Then you know how important it is to GET PERSONAL with the plants you pick for a job. No two clients, and certainly no two landscape professionals, are alike. Pairing plant ideas to fit your clients' needs is no small task.

In this webinar, you'll learn what various clients—the "tried-and-truer," the "low-maintenance requirer," the "water-wise worrier" and the "weird-and-wackys" - want in plants for their installations.

The landscape professional's job is to turn their client's vision into reality. A growers job is to do it within the landscape client's budget and timeframe. This webinar will help you do both.

Presented by Melissa Scherb, seasonal landscape professional and account manager, Woodlawns Landscape Company, Mundelein, Illinois; and Jeff Gibson, Ball Landscape Business Manager


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Princettia Euphorbias: Culture Clinic and Early Marketing Opportunities

Get a jump on your poinsettia season by promoting bright pink Princettias for breast cancer awareness sales in October. Learn production strategies for a successful crop and the ways Princettia differs from most Christmas poinsettias.

Presented by Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler, and Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers. Moderated by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit magzines

Sponsored by



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Growing with EuroAmerican Propagators, Part IV: 2016/2017 Back to Cool Seasonal Program Guide

This webinar covers EuroAmerican's new "Back to Cool" Seasonal Program Guide. You'll learn about:

- New introductions for the 2016/2017 season
- The complete A-Z product list
- "Chilly Dippers"
- "Cool Combinators"—Both grassy and leafy
- Shrubs
- Grasses
- Perennials
- Poinsettias

Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks, will be your moderator.


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Grow a Better Liner Part 2

In our two-part Grow a Better Liner webinar series, you'll learn all the steps to creating better finished liners from your unrooted cuttings (URCs). Our guest experts are Kris Carlsson and Jason Twaddell of Ball FloraPlant.

In part 2, Kris and Jason will enter the greenhouse and take you through Stages 1 through 4 of the rooting process, including mist, temperature, building, bulking, toning, nutrition, PGRs and more.

Sponsored by



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Grow a Better Liner Part 1

In our two-part Grow a Better Liner webinar series, you'll learn all the steps to creating better finished liners from your unrooted cuttings (URCs). Our guest experts are Kris Carlsson and Jason Twaddell of Ball FloraPlant.

In webinar 1, Kris and Jason cover everything that needs to take place before you stick your cuttings, including planning, preparing and receiving; plus media choice, tray manufacturing and proper fill.

Sponsored by



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Growing with EuroAmerican Propagators Part III: New Varieties, Growing Tips and 2016 Spring Picks

Are you a EuroAmerican Propagators customer? Thinking of becoming one? This webinar on their newest varieties and services will help you sell more. This webinar, the third in our series, goes into details on select new varieties, along with growing tips and FAQs, and includes the top picks for Spring 2016.

Presented by Adam Flint, Research Grower, and Amanda Flint, New Product Development for EuroAmerican Propagators. Moderated by Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit magazines.


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Spring Trials Part 2: The Southern Stops

In Part II of our Spring Trials webinars, we cover the highlights from the southern portion of the trials. Companies we visited include (but are not limited to): Dummen, HGTV HOME Plant Collection, Floranova, EuroAmerican Propagators, Suntory, Ball Horticultural Company (including Ball FloraPlant, Ball Ingenuity, Ball Ornamentals, Darwin Perennials, Kieft Seed, PanAmerican Seed and Selecta), Green Fuse Botanicals, AmeriSeed, Flamingo Holland, Florist Holland, Gediflora, Hort Couture, Plant Haven, Royal Van Zanten and Schoneveld.

Co-hosts Ellen Wells and Chris Beytes (the Bobbleheads) bring you the best of the best, with all the details worth knowing.

Brought to you by



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Spring Trials Part I: The Northern Stops

The first of two Spring Trials webinars, this one covers the highlights from the northern half of the trials. Companies we visited include (but are not limited to): Proven Winners, Syngenta, Danziger, Varinova, Benary, Pacific Plug & Liner, Cohen, Cultivaris, Hishtil, Jaldety, ABZ Seeds, Hem Genetics, Thompson & Morgan, Golden State Bulb Company, American Takii, Sakata, Beekenkamp, Plug Connection, Westhoff.

Hosted by Ellen Wells and Chris Beytes.

Brought to you by



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Here Comes the Sun—Growing with EuroAmerican Propagators Are you a EuroAmerican Propagators customer? Thinking of becoming one? Then be sure to watch this webinar on their newest varieties and services that will help you sell more!

This webinar covers Euro's new Seasonal Program Guide "Here Comes the Sun," including:

- Top new varieties for 2015-2016
- Varieties with exceptional heat tolerance
- Warm-season combinations
- Seasonal ideas for Savvy Succulents
- Landscape opportunities 365 days a year


Presented by Siena Randall and Adam Flint of EuroAmerican Propagators and moderated by Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks.


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Growing Hydroponic Lettuce: A beginner's guide to starting and finishing a quality crop

For hydroponic growers, starting strong young plants and managing nutrition is essential for successful crop production. You'll get tips on how to start a nutritionally strong young plant, select the right fertilizer, and deal with challenges in growing.

Presented by Dr. Vijay Rapaka, manager of grower research, Smithers-Oasis; and Dr. Cari Peters vice-president, J.R. Peters. Moderated by Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks.

Sponsored by Oasis Grower Solutions.


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Neonics: Should you keep them or drop them?

Thanks to popular demand, we are offering an encore presentation of our webinar "Neonics: Should You Keep Them or Drop Them?", which will help you understand your options if you are thinking about dropping neonicotinoid insecticides from your IPM tool box.

Our experts will bring you up to speed on the politics and emotions behind the current neonics controversy and tell you what products are available for what pests. You'll also here the real-world experiences of two growers, including chemical rotations. And you'll hear why one of our growers who dropped neonics in 2014 has decided to bring them back for 2015 and beyond.

Our experts include Joe Bischoff of AmericanHort; Dr. Raymond Cloyd of Kansas State University; Renato Zardo of Green Circle Growers and Tom Wheeler of Bell Nursery.

Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks magazine, will be your host and moderator. Sponsored by



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Overcoming PGR Overdoses

Learn how to identify overdoses, diagnose mimics and begin corrective procedures.

Presented by Dr. Brian Whipker, Professor of Horticulture, North Carolina State University. Moderated by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit magazines

Sponsored by Fine Americas.


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Princettia Euphorbias: Culture Clinic & Market Opportunities

Learn the ways Princettia differs from most traditional Christmas poinsettias, along with production strategies for a successful crop. Maximize your opportunities for retail, landscape and interiorscape markets with Princettia's premium pink and whiter white varieties.

Presented by Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler, and Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers. Moderated by Chris Beytes, editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit magzines


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Kabloom & Crave Calibrachoa Culture Clinic

Technical tips for achieving maximum germination and stellar plug quality, plus pointers for scheduling your finished crop.

Presended by Dr. Sonali Padhye, Technical Manager, and Lisa Lacy, Global Product Manager, PanAmerican Seed

Moderated by Chris Beytes, Editor, GrowerTalks/Green Profit

Sponsored by Ball Seed


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Growing with EuroAmerican Propagators: Part III

Join EuroAmerican for their third and final webinar of the 2014 series, where John Rader, co-founder and COO, will present a sneak peek of exciting new varieties that will be revealed at the 2015 Spring Trials for the 2015-2016 season. But you'll get to see them now, before anyone else!

As you've seen from the previous webinars in the series, EuroAmerican has expanded their product offerings beyond their innovative spring annuals to include new and interesting perennials, shrubs, tropicals, grasses and, of course, more trendy succulents. Don't miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop on what they have in store for the next two seasons.


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Growing with EuroAmerican Propagators - Part II



Are you a EuroAmerican Propagators customer? Thinking of becoming one? Then you'll want to sit in on this one-hour webinar covering EuroAmerican's newest varieties and services that will help you sell more!

This webinar will cover:

PRODUCTS:
- Retail Ready - new products for the 2014 holiday season and spring 2015
- Sneak peek of upcoming products for the 2015 holiday season
- Senetti program - new varieties and how to grow your early season sales with Senetti


TOOLS:
- How to use the new Seasonal Program Guide
- New website updates and online availability for easy ordering
- Early order discounts

Presented by Siena Randall, Director of Program Development & Marketing for EuroAmerican Propagators

Moderated by Chris Beytes, Editor of GrowerTalks


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Spring Trials 2014: Marketing & Cool Ideas

The last of our three webinars covering the 2014 Spring Trials highlights everything that's not a crop: marketing opportunities, cool displays, research, technology, hardgoods ... and maybe a few plants we forgot to put into parts 1 and 2! As usual, Bobbleheads Ellen Wells and Chris Beytes are your tour guides.

Sponsored by
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Spring Trials 2014: New Varieties K-Z

The second of our three webinars covering the 2014 Spring Trials highlights the interesting introductions from the second half of the alphabet—K through Z. Co-hosts and Bobbleheads Ellen and Chris, of course, include all crops, whether seed, vegetative, TC or whatever!

Sponsored by



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Spring Trials 2014: New Varieties A-J

The first of three 2014 Spring Trials webinars, this one covers the highlights from the front of the alphabet, A through J, including seed and vegetative varieties, annuals, perennials and woodies. You can trust co-hosts Ellen Wells and Chris Beytes to bring you the best of the best, with all the details worth knowing.

Sponsored by



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Poinsettia Culture Clinic

Gary Vollmer Jim Kennedy


Jack Nicklaus, considered the greatest golfer of the 20th century, would visit his golf coach every spring and say, “Teach me how to golf.” The idea: Review the fundamentals of grip, stance and swing in order to catch any bad habits before they start.

That common-sense principal applies to poinsettia growers, too. Whether you’re new to the poinsettia game or a 30-year veteran, it pays to review the fundamentals of production in order to ensure your crop finishes on time and at the spec you need. After all, you only have one shot each year to get it right! This free, hour-long webinar will help you do just that.

Our lead presenter is Gary Vollmer, Product Manager for Selecta. Gary has some 20 million poinsettias under his belt, produced at such notable operations as Four Star Greenhouses, Smith Gardens and Natural Beauty. Gary will cover the following:
  • Perfecting your pinch
  • Choosing your fertilizer
  • Figuring your response time
  • Maintaining healthy roots
  • What’s the right spacing?
  • Optimizing postharvest shelf life
  • And much more!


As a bonus, anyone who attends will receive Selecta’s in-depth Poinsettia Culture Guide (which won’t otherwise be available until November).

Moderated by GrowerTalks editor Chris Beytes, it’s a must-attend for every poinsettia grower. And it's free!

Presenters: Gary Vollmer, Product Manager, Selecta and Jim Kennedy, Sales Manager, Selecta

Sponsored by



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Growing with EuroAmerican Propagators



Are you a EuroAmerican Propagators customer? Thinking of becoming one? Then you'll want to sit in on this one-hour webinar covering EuroAmerican's newest varieties and services that will help you sell more!
This webinar covers:

  • How Euro's new "Seasonal Program Guides" are an improvement over regular catalogs
  • Attendee favorites from Spring Trials 2014
  • A sneak peek at 2015 varieties you can order this fall
  • Helpful tools for growing and selling more product


Your presenter is Siena Randall, EuroAmerican's Director of Program Development & Marketing. Hosting the webinar is Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks magazine.


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Found Money: Cashing in on Grants, Tax Credits and other Incentives



Learn how to take advantage of government programs designed to help your business.

- How to find/identify/differentiate available incentives
- Which technologies are most often eligible
- The process of applying for and getting incentive dollars
- How to plan your upcoming projects using incentives as a tool to reduce your cost and payback


Your speaker is Dan Kuipers, Grant & Incentives Expert with TrueLeaf Technologies, and your host is Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks magazine.


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Growing Opportunities for the Warm Season

When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. Central Daylight TimeSpring Trials Part 2: The Northern Stops

The second of our two Spring Trials webinars, this one covers the highlights from the northern half of the trials. Companies we visited include (but are not limited to): Proven Winners, Syngenta, Danziger, Benary, Pacific Plug & Liner, Cohen, Hishtil, Jaldety, ABZ Seeds, Hem Genetics, Golden State Bulb Growers, Takii, Sakata, Beekenkamp and Westhoff.

Ellen Wells and Chris Beytes will wrap up our coverage with more of the best of the best.

Sponsored by PanAmerican Seed.


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Create Colorful Fall Landscapes with Pansies, Perennials and Mums

If you’re a grower or landscaper looking to spice up your fall business, Jeff Gibson, Ball Landscape Business Manager, guest landscape expert Lyndsi Ooestmann from Loma Vista Nursery, and Linda Kiscellus, the Chrysanthemum Business Manager for Ball Seed, discuss favorite varieties and best practices for pansies, perennials and mums, along with choosing the right plant for the right landscape customer.

Other topics they cover include new planting designs and interesting new varieties to light up the fall landscape.

Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks/Green Profit and the newsletter Acres Online is your host.


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