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From the editors of American Nurseryman • December 20, 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 December issue.

SePROSePro acquires Tessenderlo Kerley’s aquatic herbicide biz
SePro Corp. has completed final transactions in the acquisition of Tessenderlo Kerley Inc.’s (TKI) aquatic herbicide business. The transaction includes product registration, trade names and other related business assets for the active ingredient fluridone, used extensively in the U.S. aquatics market. The business has been managed by TKI's crop protection business unit, NovaSource, which provides crop protection soutions for niche agricultural markets globally. Read more>

BioWorksBioWorks inks biopesticide agreement with AEF Global
AEF Global, Inc. based out of Levis, Quebec and BioWorks, Inc. of Victor, N.Y., both manufacturers of biopesticides, announce that they have established an agreement for North America. This agreement will allow AEF Global to distribute in Canada on a non-exclusive basis, RootShield®WP, RootShield®HC, and MilStop® and exclusively SuffOil-X®. As well, AEF Global will market in Canada these active ingredients under private labels such as Sirocco. BioWorks will distribute in the U.S. and Mexico under private labels, Bioprotec®CAF, Influence®WP, and a non selective herbicide. BioWorks will also distribute Cyclone, Tivano, Buran, Influence®LC, and Kona, a selective herbicide. Read more>

Valley Water ManagementValley Water Management debuts
Valley® Irrigation has formed Valley Water Management (VWM), a new division of the Valmont company Cascade Earth Sciences (CES). Initially, Valley Water Management will enter the North American market with custom engineered pumping stations. Service for these solutions will be provided by Valley dealers. For producers who are building a new reservoir, drawing from a canal, or using well fields to supply their irrigation needs, Valley Water Management can offer a custom engineered, high efficiency pumping station. Read more>

Agrium Advanced TechnologiesAgrium, Syngenta and Dow Agro combine forces
Agrium Advanced Technologies (AAT) has announced the addition of Spread it & Forget it Controlled-Release Fertilizer with Barricade Pre-Emergent Herbicide and Spread it & Forget it Controlled-Release Fertilizer with Dimension Specialty Herbicide to its line of industry-leading slow- and controlled-release fertilizer technologies. The move brings together three of the green industry’s pre-eminent product manufacturers, offering end-users a single-application fertilizer solution impregnated with either Barricade Pre-Emergent Herbicide or Dimension Specialty Herbicide, two leading pre-emergent crabgrass herbicide brands. Read more>

Proven WinnersPlant Watch is watching
Proven Winners Color Choice®, Encore® Azaleas, Endless Summer Collection®, First Editions®, The Knock Out® Family of Roses, Drift® Roses, and Southern Living® Plant Collection have expanded the Plant Watch® nursery inspection program aimed at protecting their plant patents and branded programs across the country. Inspections are underway from New Jersey to Oregon and from Michigan to Louisiana. “Each year we do this inspection program, the value of the brands and patents becomes more clear to growers. We’ve worked hard to establish our brands and spend tens of thousands of dollars on patents. Enforcing these Intellectual Property rights is necessary to support our customers and licensees and ensures that compliance is improving,” said Jacques Ferare from Star Roses and Plants/The Conard-Pyle Company. (Photo courtesy of Peggy Greb, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Bugwood.org) Read more>

Gilmore Owners Dwayne, Tom and DellGilmore celebrates 100 years
Gilmore Plant & Bulb Co., located in Liberty, N.C., observes 100 years of business this year. The company began in 1912 as North State Nursery, growing fruit trees and evergreens—both broadleaf and coniferous—and was incorporated with the current name in 1938 under the ownership and direction of G.G. Gilmore Sr. Pictured here are current owners Dwayne, Tom and Dell Gilmore. Read more>

People News

Art AndersonAnderson named J. Frank Schmidt COO
Art Anderson has been named general manager and chief operating officer of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., bringing more than 30 years of nursery expertise to the position. Read more>


Joe SalemiSalemi joins DynaSCAPE
Joe Salemi has joined DynaSCAPE Software Corp. as marketing manager. Salemi previously held the position of member services and communications manager for the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Read more>


Robert D. DobsonDobson named IA president
Robert D. Dobson, founder of Middletown Sprinkler Co. in Port Monmouth, N.J., has been named president of the Irrigation Association. Dobson has been an IA member for more than 25 years and has served as a leading voice in the irrigation industry for more than four decades. Read more>

Hot Products

Marengo herbicideMarengo herbicide
OHP Inc. has introduced Marengo herbicide, with the active ingredient indaziflam. The product is a selective pre-emergence herbicide that offers long-term residual control of both grassy and broadleaf weeds. Marengo contains the first active ingredient from MOA (Mode of Action) Group 29. The active ingredient prevents weed seed germination by inhibiting cellulose biosynthesis. Marengo does not move once applied to the soil and does not volatilize. Marengo is registered for use on production ornamentals grown in outdoor nurseries, as well as on conifers, Christmas trees, and ornamental production sites and hardscapes; it is labeled for use in shade houses and hoop houses as well. Read more>

Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Blaze’Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Blaze’
New from PlantHaven: Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Blaze’, the first in the new Fanfare breeding program from the UK. This new selection has all the standout features of ‘Fanfare’—unique pinwheel blooms, compact tight habit, exceptionally long flowering period, early spring through fall. And it’s Zone 5 hardy. A real sun lover, drought tolerant once established. Unsurpassed performance in containers, beds, borders. Read more>

AquaFlow 3.2AquaFlow software
Toro has released AquaFlow 3.2, the company’s latest update to its Drip Irrigation Design Software. AquaFlow 3.2 now allows users to design multi-sloped telescoping sub-mains, and to choose between English or Spanish language and English or metric units. Capabilities include: • NEW: Supports Toro’s new Thinwall dripline • NEW: Multi-sloped telescoping sub-mains • NEW: Spanish language • NEW: Metric units • NEW: Improved report printing options • NEW: Ability to import and export designs • Unique dashboard format with tiled graphs • Instantly generated color-coded block maps that depict system uniformity • Easy comparison of two different lateral selections • Pull-down menus for easy viewing • Multiple slopes in both the lateral and mainline programs • Choice of multiple sub-main and mainline pipe types and sizes • Lateral and sub-main flushing calculations. Read more>

Bandit Revolution® cutter wheelStump grinder cutter wheel
Bandit Industries has partnered with New River Equipment to produce and distribute the Bandit Revolution® cutter wheel and associated parts, including the SaberTooth™ cutting teeth, for most stump grinder makes and models. The Bandit Revolution cutter wheel is also now standard equipment for all new Bandit stump grinders. The spiral configuration of the teeth combines with low-profile pockets that receive minimal wear while also minimizing chip spread. The lead teeth on the wheel are set at 57 and 20 degrees to complete the spiral of the side teeth up and over the wheel’s edge, allowing for a more aggressive cut that also helps move material away from the stump. No sharpening is required. Read more>

BetterVue® Improved Visibility Insect ScreenScreen enclosures
Clients got the winter blues? Help them dream of better weather with visions of an outdoor room—one where they won’t have to battle pesky bugs. One of the newest additions to Phifer’s screening lineup, BetterVue® Improved Visibility Insect Screen (iVis) is ideal for all screening applications—windows, doors or porches. BetterVue’s increased openness and smaller yarn diameters offer increased protection against small insects and maximize the outward view, making it sharper and more brilliant. Read more>

Finally: Merry and Happy!

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Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science to Sustainable ProductionBuy this book!
Up for a little light reading? Try Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science to Sustainable Production. Although a great deal of research on ornamental geophytes has been conducted since the beginning of the 1990s, current information has not been comprehensively presented to researchers and horticulturalists. Covering the latest advances in geophytes science, this volume provides up-to-date reviews on geophyte taxonomy, physiology, genetics, production, plant protection, and postharvest biology. Thoroughly modern and in tune with the needs and methods of the geophytes industry, The information contained in this book is vital to bringing the value of flower bulbs to the worldwide consumers who are the most important and last links in the chain of utilization and profitability of all ornamental products. Read more>

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