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 September issue.
Higher education for growers
The EAGL has landed. Developed specifically for business leaders in the nursery and greenhouse production field, EAGL, or the Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership, is a new, one-year, “executive MBA-style” program for growers that will provide practical and intense training leading to a Certificate in Applied Horticultural Business Management from Texas A&M University. Sorta like an Executive MBA, but for growers. The program is the result of a multi-year collaboration between program principals Kip Creel of StandPoint Inc. and Texas A&M agricultural economist Dr. Charlie Hall. The inaugural course begins this January, and applications are being accepted through October — but you’d better hustle if you want to enroll. Check it out here or here.
Invincibelle Spirit funds support breast cancer researcher
Pink-flowered Invincibelle® Spirit hydrangea from Proven Winners has met a monumental fundraising goal in its three-year partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). BCRF offers partners the unique opportunity to fund a researcher if they donate $250,000 within BCRF’s fiscal year. Funds raised from sales of the flowering shrub, along with those from Pink Day events hosted by garden centers, will support the work of Dr. Carey Anders of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for all of 2013. One dollar from every Invincibelle Spirit plant sold has been donated to BCRF; since the plant was introduced in 2009, more than $472,000 has been raised to support breast cancer research. (Invincibelle Spirit photo courtesy of Proven Winners® ColorChoice Shrubs) Read more>
Dow AgroSciences launches rebrand
Ag chemical giant Dow AgroSciences has undergone a facelift of sorts, with the introduction of a new brand and visual identity including a new company tagline, “Solutions for the Growing World.” The tag is closely aligned with Dow’s new ad campaign, dubbed Solutionism™. In addition, according to the company, “The adoption of the red DOW Diamond logo with the Dow AgroSciences word mark as its new logo more clearly associates the enterprise as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and to Dow’s brand transformation.” Read more>
Simplot acquires Florikan tech
The J. R. Simplot Company has purchased the patented Florikote technology from Florikan, a specialist in polymer-coated fertilizer technologies. The two companies will jointly promote and distribute this new controlled-release fertilizer in the worldwide turf, ornamental and specialty agriculture markets. The technology is a recently developed and patented polymer-coated fertilizer invented by Florikan with assistance from the NASA-funded Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program. Florikote utilizes next-generation polymers and manufacturing processes that enable the encapsulation of unique fertilizer materials that previously have not been available commercially. The purchase and collaboration reinforces Simplot’s position as a market leader of controlled release fertilizers while providing Florikan with the opportunity to realize the full market potential of the Florikote technology through access via an accompanying license arrangement. Read more>
Nexus announces new product group
Nexus Corp. has announced the formation of a new product division: LINX Greenhouses, a line of greenhouses designed to supplement the needs of customers for a structure that will complete the growing cycle from beginning to end. Scott Thompson has been named director of sales for the division. Read more>
BASF moves T&O education program
Tennis, golf, a spa … what’s not to love? BASF has decided to relocate its education program for turf and ornamentals professionals to Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, a move that will bring the courses closer to the company’s North America headquarters in Research Triangle Park and Holly Springs. The proximity will allow for site visits to BASF’s research and development facilities, as well as provide recreational opportunities. The new program will begin in January 2013. Read more>
Civano Nursery joins American Beauties
Tucson-based Civano Nursery has become part of the American Beauties Native Plants network of growers. The company maintains a retail center in Tuscon, growing much of the material it sells on a 70-acre growing range in Sahuarita, Ariz. Read more>
It’s New Plants time!
It’s time once again to sort through the best of your introductions for 2013 and submit them for inclusion in American Nurseryman’s annual New Plant Introductions issue. If it’s truly new to U.S. commercial trade, we want to include it. Just download the form (click below), fill it in, attach a high-res image and send it in. It’s easy—and it’s free! The deadline is October 31, but don’t delay. Please? Download a form here.
Davis joins Horticultural Marketing & Printing
Todd Davis has joined Horticultural Marketing & Printing as director of the company’s OnSyte/Catalog division, which recently was consolidated with the rest of the company’s production facilities. Davis previously worked in trade publishing for the green industry and as general manager of a landscape distribution center. Read more>
Husqvarna hires two
Gene Millican and Dave Thornsburg have joined Husqvarna as District Sales Manager for the Eastern Region (Alabama and Mississippi) and District Sales Manager for Alaska and Washington, respectively. Read more>
Water Breaker nozzle
The 1000PL-N Green Narrow Soft Flow Water Breaker® from Dramm is the perfect nozzle for direct, soft watering in the greenhouse or nursery. It is great for edge watering, containers and for earlier stages of growth. The 1000PL-N is also good for watering baskets automatically. When used in place of the standard 170 Water Breaker® that is common on Echo® Hanging Basket Systems, it is a softer alternative. The focused pattern ensures water gets through the canopy, while the soft flow will not disturb the medium in the container. While focused, the pattern is wider than that of a 170, providing water to the whole basket, not just one section. Read more>
Colocasia ‘Hawaiian Punch’
Colocasia ‘Hawaiian Punch’ from PlantHaven is a striking addition to the renowned Royal Hawaiian® Colocasia series. This tropical treat has striking red stems and red veins set against dark green foliage presenting a dramatic combination. The Royal Hawaiian® Colocasias have been bred to be sturdy garden performers and container specimens. Each is disease resistant with fabulous foliage and stem interest, and with sturdy stems and tidy clumping habit would be a welcome addition in any garden or landscape. ‘Hawaiian Punch’ is breathtaking in pots or in the ground and is a stunning complement to the varied Royal Hawaiian® series. Read more>
Honda engines for General hole diggers
General Equipment Company has announced that it will use Honda GX35 all-position, four-stroke engines on its 240 Hole Diggers. The GX35 is an air-cooled, 35.8-cubic-centimeter-displacement engine that provides 1.3 net horsepower, and produces a maximum drilling torque of 50 ft-lbs. The all-position feature of the engine allows the 240 to be operated and stored in any position without causing service issues. Additionally, the four-stroke design provides higher performance and fuel economy than two-stroke alternatives, while eliminating the hassle of mixing fuel and oil. Read more>
The all-new Zero-Tail-Swing Excavators from Mustang are designed around a powerful and reliable Yanmar Interim Tier IV engine to enhance engine performance and increase efficiency. The all-new Mustang excavators are true zero-tail-swing machines, with no cab overhang beyond the tracks in any direction. This allows the machine to operate directly against a wall or other obstruction without causing damage to the structure or machine. The Mustang 270Z, 350Z, 450Z and 800Z excavators are equipped with a hydraulic quick coupler. This feature makes attachment changes as simple as flipping a switch. Plus, the pin grabber style hydraulic coupler works with the majority of excavator attachments, putting tools you already own to use. Read more>
Finally: Busy with the harvest