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What Caught Our Eye This Week (week 48)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Dec 2, 2016 12:15:13 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 


Keeping Our Parks Planted
As seen in GrowerTalks by Christopher J. Currey

Gary's View: Living in Colorado we are surrounded by our National Heritage of four great National Parks; Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We have had multiple trips to three of these natural wonders and never cease to wonder at the tremendous opportunity our National Parks Service provide to all of us to explore, camp, and experience the marvels of nature and history. As pointed out in the Grower Talks article “Keeping Our Parks Planted” the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year.

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What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 44)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Nov 4, 2016 10:54:14 AM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 


Pollinator Gardens—A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape

As seen in ArkansasLiving by George Weigel

Gary's View: Over the past year there has been a lot of information on the harm certain insecticides, like neonicotinoids, are doing to the bee population. However, just attacking the insecticide issue is only half of the solution. Pollinators are also suffering from a loss of their food source. In a recent article in Arkansas Living by George Weigel, Pollinator Gardens – A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape, he states clearly the importance of pollinators, “Their pollination efforts also are behind one of every three bites of food a typical American eats, accounting for some $15 billion a year in U.S. crop services, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” 

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What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 40 and 41)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Oct 15, 2016 1:59:02 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 

How Global Suppliers of Unrooted Cuttings Are Working To Improve the Pipeline
As seen in GreenhouseGrower by Laura Drotleff

Gary's View: My work history as President of Fischer USA (1995 – 2007) and with Syngenta as the head of their vegetative supply chain for North America, Europe and Asia (2007 – 2012) has given me interesting insight into the requirements necessary for a consistent and reliable supply of cuttings.


The article appearing in the Oct. 13th Greenhouse Grower on, “How Global Suppliers of Unrooted Cuttings Are Working to Improve the Pipeline” points out several of the challenges cutting producers have faced, and continue to face, supplying quality, disease-free cuttings. Additional challenges continue to mount with restrictions in pesticides and easing of import restrictions on beneficial insects.

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What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 39)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Oct 2, 2016 8:47:47 AM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 

Organic sales up 13%, but not in all segments
As seen in GreenTalks by Jennifer Duffield White

Gary's View: Living in Boulder, CO we are well aware of the benefits of eating many products that are produced organically; many fruits, vegetables, and all meats. The costs of organic production is higher than conventional but the benefits are obvious. However, when the organic band wagon spreads to non-food crops, as the survey points out, the consumer doesn’t see the benefits of paying more. Organic production of ornamentals is difficult to justify, in my opinion, with the results of higher costs to the consumer and lower sales to the producer.

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What Caught Our Eye This Week

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Sep 23, 2016 4:28:15 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week.  

Greenhouse Growers Tackling Software Needs Head-On
As seen in Greenhouse Grower by Brian Sparks

Gary's View: The first thing I did as President of Fischer USA was throw out the old and install completely custom built software to ensure reliability of inventory and improve user ease. The complexities of farm production (5 farms all linked, cutting indexes, shipping and government regulations), 4 Sales offices Worldwide, Rooting Stations (production orders, verifications and shipping), multiple US Broker sales to a single ship to (volume pricing for the ship to), direct sales in Europe and drop shipping of tags (to achieve zero inventory) to name a few gave us no option for off the shelf software in 1995.

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