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 February issue.
OFA Short Course now “Cultivate”
AmericanHort has renamed the venerable, 85-year-old OFA Short Course, the largest hort trade show in North America, “Cultivate — An AmericanHort Experience.” The show has expanded for 2014, offering a new retail component and more than seven acres of trade show exhibits. Cultivate’14 is scheduled for July 11 to 14 in Columbus; event registration and the hotel reservation system open Tuesday, March 11 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Read more here and here.
NENA and HRI establish new fund
The Horticultural Research Institute and the New England Nursery Association have teamed to develop a new type of grant program, called the New England Nursery Association Industry Growth Fund. The purpose-restricted fund was designed to allow grant funding to be drawn from both the interest and the principal as needed. Monies will be put to work where they will directly assist the commercial hort industry in New England. Read more>
‘Northwind’ selected Perennial Plant of the Year
Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ has been selected 2014 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. Roy Diblik selected ‘Northwind’ from a population of Panicum virgatum he raised using wild-collected seed from plants growing along railroad tracks in South Elgin, Ill. In July 1983, he noticed that one plant had wider leaves and a very upright growth habit, unlike the typical arching form of the others. He gradually built up stock of the upright one. In 1992, when his Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wis., opened, he introduced the grass and named it ‘Northwind’. Read more>
Toro observes 100th year
The Toro Company this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Since its founding as the Toro Motor Company in 1914, the company has expanded to cover the agriculture, golf, professional contractor, sports fields and grounds, residential, and underground, construction and rental arenas. Read more>
ECHO and Kubota announce alliance
ECHO Inc. and Kubota Tractor Corp. have announced the formation of a U.S dealer alliance aimed at growing their combined sales within the commercial turf and consumer lawn and garden markets. As part of the alliance, ECHO and Shindaiwa will become the preferred brands of hand-held outdoor power equipment within the Kubota dealer network. The alliance also names ECHO Bear Cat as the preferred brand of chippers, shredders, log splitters and wheeled trimmers within the Kubota dealer network. Read more here and here.
National Invasive Species
Sounds like a killer theme for the SyFy channel, but it’s actually an opportunity to spread the word about the damage that invasives can visit upon the environment and the economy. It’s scheduled for February 23 to 28. (Photo courtesy of Rob Routledge, Sault College; Bugwood.org) Read more>
Anderson Pots debuts new web site
Anderson Die & Manufacturing has launched its updated website, featuring photos submitted by growers and nurseries of Anderson pots and bands in use. Anderson’s current product catalog and reprints of national articles are also available on the site. Read more>
Bett becomes PlantHaven CEO
Robert Bett has been named CEO of PlantHaven. Founders Geoff and Maureen Needham will remain with the company. Read more>
Stribling promoted at Adaptive Plasics
Laurie Stribling has been promoted to a newly created outside sales position with Adaptive Plastics Inc. She’ll be responsible for driving sales of the company’s Solexx greenhouse covering to commercial greenhouse and nursery growers. Read more>
Horticultural Marketing and Printing has launched HortGear, a new promotional products division. This new website offers green industry professionals full access to a wealth of products from shirts, caps and jackets to promotional items, all of which can be customized with the user’s logo and information. Dozens of name brands are available including Nike, Adidas, Dickies, Carhartt, DryTec, Eddie Bauer and Port Authority. HortGear offers both screen printing and embroidery. Read more>
Specifically designed for orchards, vineyards and nursery applications where undulating terrain and long lateral lengths are challenging, Toro’s new Micro Sprinkler 7 PC’s unique pressure-compensating design provides uniform flows and diameters over a wide range of operating pressures. Snap-fit bearing provides easy field inspection and maintenance, and an optional break-off deflector tab allows the sprinkler to be placed near a newly planted tree to concentrate water where roots are developing. Read more>
Tier 4 utility work machines
The new Tier-4 compliant 5600 and 5610 Toolcat utility work machines from Bobcat feature a traction-control system designed to provide operators with better mobility when ground conditions are conducive to traction loss or if the wheels encounter obstructions. They also offer non-DPF (diesel particulate filter) engine solution with an ultra-low particulate combustion engine. The versatile 61-horsepower 5600 and 5610 Toolcat utility work machines combine the most productive features of a pickup truck, tractor, skid-steer loader and utility vehicle. Both machines are compatible with more than 40 approved front-mounted attachments for dozens of jobs, from snow removal to sweeping to installing fences. Read more>
Synthetic 2-stroke oil
Saber Professional Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil from Amsoil Inc. has been reformulated especially for landscape professionals, enabling them to mix the product at any ratio they require. The clean-burning product is recommended for any mix ratio up to 100:1. Read more>
The self-propelled Model 60SP topdresser from Earth & Turf Products LLC is ideal for spreading dry or wet compost and sand, plus a variety of other materials. It features easy loading into its 6.7-cubic-foot hopper. Maximum load weight is 650 pounds. Optional loading chutes will increase capacity for lighter materials such as compost. A wide-spread beater produces an even spread pattern up to 42 inches wide. The 60SP is powered by a 190 cc Briggs & Stratton, 875 series, 6.5 HP engine. Read more>
Finally: Rabbit is ready!