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From the editors of American Nurseryman • June 21, 2012

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Welcome to 'Sprout,' American Nurseryman's e-newsletter published on the first and third Thursdays of each month. For even more, be sure to read our June issue.

ANLAANLA provides analysis of new deportation policy
As if immigration legislation weren’t confusing enough, President Obama has added a new wrinkle in the ongoing—and heated—debate. The new policy requires the Department of Homeland Security to stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 30, if they were brought to the U.S. before the age of 16, if they’ve managed to stay out of trouble, if … . But what’s the impact on the green industry? Too much to explain here, although it may affect some younger employees. The operative word here is may. For a good analysis, see what Craig Regelbrugge, the ANLA’s vice president for government relations and research—and legislative analyst extraordinaire—has to say. Read more>

ValentEAB appears tamed in Valent’s Legacy Tree Project
Emerald ash borer has hit Chicagoland pretty hard. But Valent just revealed that its Legacy Tree Project, which was launched two years ago to increase awareness of EAB and employs the company’s Safari insecticide in the battle, appears to have halted the nasty little bug in its tracks. More than 1,100 ash trees in seven participating communities have been protected, and an assessment of the trees that have been treated with Safari show an impressive 95 percent survival rate. Those ash in affected areas that were not treated are struggling mightily—if they’ve survived at all. Read more>

Terra Nova, Blooms of BressinghamTerra Nova, Blooms of Bressingham join forces
Terra Nova Nurseries and Blooms of Bressingham have inked a licensing agreement to breed, grow and co-brand five new plant varieties; the plants will be sold to grower customers as liners. The varieties include a new collection called Echinacea Supreme™ Series, which features ‘Supreme Cantaloupe’, ‘Supreme Elegance’ and ‘Supreme Flamingo’; plus two Heucherella cultivars, ‘Cracked Ice’ (pictured here) and ‘Buttered Rum’. Terra Nova will grow and sell the new varieties during the first year of the agreement; Blooms of Bressingham’s licensed propagators will build supply for year two. Read more>

ASABEASABE developing irrigation controller standard
ASABE—The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (a mouthful, yes?) has initiated a project to develop a new standard for “smart” irrigation controllers. The standard, officially named S627, Standardized Testing Protocol for Weather-based or Soil Moisture-based Landscape Irrigation Control Devices (whew!) is meant to standardize the methods for testing controllers that use real-time weather or soil-moisture data to determine irrigation needs and scheduling. Want to get involved? They’re looking for project participants who can lend their expertise. Read more>

SNASNA Research Conference Proceedings available
Proceedings of the 57th annual SNA Research Conference now are available online; the 381-page document is searchable, downloadable and printable—and free to the industry. The 2012 proceedings includes 13 sections of the latest horticultural research on Container Grown Plant Production, Economics and Marketing, Engineering, Structures and Innovations, Entomology, Field Production, Floriculture, Growth Regulators, Landscape, Pathology, Plant Breeding and Evaluation, Propagation, Water Management, and Weed Control. Seventy-five titles were presented by 197 authors from 15 states and Mexico. Read more>

ANLAANLA Grower and Distribution Tour announced
A not-to-be-missed grower and distribution tour, sponsored by the American Nursery & Landscape Association, is scheduled for Sept. 18 to 20 in and around Virginia Beach, VA. If you’ve ever participated in an ANLA tour, you know how jam-packed your days will be. If you haven’t yet taken part, it’s a must. Participants will visit Lancaster Farms and Bennett’s Creek Nursery; educational sessions will be held at Virginia Tech. Capping it off, ANLA’s own Bob Dolibois and Craig Regelbrugge will present state-of-the-association and legislative updates. Registration will be available in early July. Read more>

NENANENA celebrates 100 years
New England Nursery Association (NENA) celebrates its 100th year in 2012, and a special event is planned for September 13 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. Read more>

grasshoppers“Frightened” grasshoppers affect soil health
You can’t make this up: Scientists at Hebrew University and Yale have discovered that grasshoppers wigged out by spiders can have a detrimental impact on soil ecology. Apparently, a grasshopper threatened by a predator—such as a spider—will be stressed enough to consume a greater quantity of carbohydrate-rich plants. (Okay, this is hitting a little too close to home.) When said grasshopper’s diet is thrown off in this manner, it’ll cause chemical changes in the li’l guy’s body and his altered leavings, shall we say, affect the local ecosystem. Um, how? Well, when the poor critter is scared to death (wouldn’t you be?), its carcass, which now contains less nitrogen because of the change in diet because of the fear because of that darn spider … where were we? Oh, yes. Less nitrogen will affect the soil microbes, which then will slow their own rate of decomposing plant materials. (Photo courtesy of David Riley, University of Georgia; Read more>

People News

Lance SchambergerSchamberger appointed Schmidt independent sales rep
Lance Schamberger has been appointed J. Frank Schmidt’s independent sales rep for the Pacific Northwest, providing a smooth transition in customer service for those areas currently served by Toby Schamberger, who will scale back his travel schedule. Read more>

Nick JiannasJiannas promoted to Stihl VP
Nick Jiannas has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Stihl Inc., effective July 1. Jiannas most recently served as branch manager at Northeast Stihl. Read more>


MPTMcCord joins MPT-Mustard Products
Jay McCord has joined MPT-Mustard Products as US Turf Market Development Manager to lead the launch of MustGrow Invest™ biological nematicide. Read more>

Don Hanson Ryan LindstedtHanson and Lindstedt join OHP
Don Hanson has rejoined OHP as national accounts manager with additional territory sales responsibilities in South Texas. Ryan Lindstedt has joined the company as market project manager. Read more>


Ron DamgaardRon Damgaard
Ron Damgaard, owner of Kaneville Tree Farm and Otto Damgaard Sons, Kaneville, Ill., and Damgaard Landscape, Elburn, Ill., died June 11. Read more>


Hot Products

OREGON® PowerNow™ 40V MAXCordless chainsaw
Blount announces the launch of its new OREGON® PowerNow™ 40V MAX cordless chainsaw, with a lithium ion battery pack and a 14-inch bar capable of cutting through logs as large as 10 to 12 inches. For smaller cuts, the chainsaw can cut up to 250 2- to 3-inch branches on a single charge with the Endurance battery pack. The tool is quiet in use and silent between cuts, and weighs just under 11 pounds. Read more>

AquaFlow 3.0Drip irrigation design software
Toro has launched AquaFlow 3.0, the company’s newest drip irrigation system design software, providing designers with a unique dashboard format with tiled graphs; easy comparison of two different lateral selections; pull-down menus; multiple slopes in both lateral and mainline programs; choice of multiple sub-main and mainline pipe types and sizes; and lateral and sub-main flushing calculations. Makes it awfully handy to incorporate Toro’s Aqua-Traxx and Aqua-Traxx PC drip tape, as well as BlueLine classic and BlueLine PC dripline, eh? Read more>

Moveable high tunnelsMoveable high tunnels
New rolling premium round style high tunnels from Grower’s Supply help you experience enhanced crop yield and quality and an extended growing season, plus the ability to rotate your crops. Smooth rolling action with pipe track rollers allows you to move your high tunnel from one section of your field to another. 14-gauge, triple-galvanized steel frames and five rows of purlins ensure durability. Triple-zippered end panels, manufactured from 10 oz., 22-mil premium rip-stop translucent fabric, come complete with fabric clips for attaching. Read more>

Peters® Excel pHLow™ Water Soluble FertilizerExcel phLow fertilizer
Everris has introduced Peters® Excel pHLow™ Water Soluble Fertilizer, a convenient, economical solution that reduces water’s alkalinity while also feeding plants the nutrients they need to flourish. The new “pHLow” technology (pronounced “flow”) is driven by a patented acidifying component designed as a safe alternative to conventional liquid acids.  This unique material provides a pure, non-corrosive, highly soluble, single-source answer to better manage high alkalinity waters. Combined with optimum levels of N-P-K plus the exclusive M-77® package of chelated micronutrients, Peters Excel pHLow gives growers a water soluble fertilizer in a convenient, one-bag solution for both nutrition and alkalinity management.  Read more>

Organic Control/Orcon’s nine-peg mail-back displayMail-back display
Bugged by bugs in the garden center? (No, that’s not what we meant.) With Organic Control/Orcon’s nine-peg mail-back display, you can boost bug-related sales by providing everything from ladybugs to predatory mites, without keeping live insects in stock. Really, who wants to feed the bugs? Orcon’s complete line of beneficial insects is now available via mail-back, and the display rack can be had at no cost (!) with the purchase of six or more cases of mail-backs. Read more>

40 gpm D8R fertilizer injector40-gpm fertilizer injector
Dosatron International has introduced the 40 gpm D8R fertilizer injector. The new injector offers improved chemical-resistant housing, enhanced UV resistance, allows injection of corrosive chemicals and features easy-to-adjust injection rates and easy-to read graduated scales. The D8R can easily inject fertilizers, pesticides and caustic chemicals accurately with a flow rate of 2.2 to 40 gpm, an injection ratio of 1:500 to 1:50, and a pressure range of 2 to 110 psi. Read more>

Little Beaver’s Kwik-Trench mini-trencherMini trencher
Featuring carbide-tipped teeth and a powerful drive system, Little Beaver’s Kwik-Trench mini-trencher is able to cut through tough surfaces such as compacted clay, road fill, asphalt and tree roots up to 10 inches thick, enabling a range of projects from landscape edging to root pruning to drainage line and sprinkler system installations. Two models are available: the KT 200B is capable of achieving depths to 8 inches; the KT2400B can trench to 12 inches. Read more>

Finally: On guard against colony collapse

On guard against colony collapse

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Cacti and Succulents for Cold ClimatesBuy this book!
If you think your region is safe from water concerns, think again. Sooner or later, drought will get you—and the plants you install. Consider, then, the value of succulents, especially in places where you’d least expect them. For those who thought that these spectacular plants were only for gardens in California and the Southwest, guess again—hundreds are fully cold-hardy and can be grown outdoors from New England to British Columbia, Wisconsin to Texas. Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates by Leo Chance is filled with inspirational portraits of 274 plants that can be used to create drought-tolerant gardens, as well as tips from regional experts who have mastered the art of growing cacti in parts of the country not usually associated with high temperatures or a scarcity of water. Read more>

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