Oct 17, 2018
Expanding Your PGR IQBy Tim Hodson

Are you and your production staff up to date on your knowledge of plant growth regulators?

If you’d like to enhance your PGR IQ, next month GPN will be offering a free, one-hour webinar on “Advanced Techniques for Applying Plant Growth Regulators.”

The webinar will take place Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. EST.

The webinar will be presented by industry consultant Roger Styer of Styer’s Horticultural Consulting, Inc.

An industry veteran, Roger has provided technical services for the ornamental industry, both domestically and internationally, and has worked with companies throughout North America and in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe.

Most growers of ornamental crops know how to use plant growth regulators fairly well to control growth of the various flowering crops they grow each year. However, every year varieties change, spacing requirements change, more crops are being grown during spring in larger containers and labor is becoming harder to find and more expensive.

Some of the topics that Roger will cover during the webinar include: Knowing how to use drenches on combination liners before potting; using branching agents to cut down on trimming and fill out containers quicker; controlling growth on poinsettias without overdosing bracts; and figuring out vigor differences between varieties are every grower’s challenges.

He also will outline some advanced techniques for meeting these challenges and allow growers to do more to produce quality plants consistently.

Click here to register for the Nov. 15 webinar.

— Tim


Walmart, PayPal to Offer Financial Services

Walmart and PayPal are teaming up to provide financial services and products to help their shared customers. As part of this collaboration, the two companies will begin rolling out PayPal cash in and cash out money services at Walmart for an exclusive fee of $3 per service. This is the first time PayPal mobile app users will be able to take cash out of their PayPal account in a brick-and-mortar environment, or be able to load cash into their PayPal balance at Walmart stores. “With 90 percent of Americans living within 10 miles of a Walmart store, we know that offering PayPal cash in and cash out money services for an exclusive low fee is going to provide great value to the many people who rely on Walmart and PayPal to help manage and move their money,” said Walmart’s senior vice president.

Meijer Receives EPA Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Michigan retailer Meijer a SmartWay Excellence Award winner in two categories simultaneously — as a shipper and a carrier. The SmartWay Award recognizes the top retail and manufacturing carriers and shippers that demonstrate how their logistical operations make a measurable difference in reducing carbon emissions, while managing fuel costs as they move goods around the country. Meijer operates a fleet of 250 semi-trucks that cover more than 25 million miles each year. In the spirit of relentless improvement, Meijer has also built a best-in-class clean diesel fleet and invested in energy efficiency within its retail operations.

Lowe’s Contributes to Boys & Girls Club Renovation Initiative  

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has expanded its Renovation Across the Nation program — a coast-to-coast renovation initiative powered by Lowe’s employee volunteers and a $3.8 million donation. The 2018 grant will support critical infrastructure and décor upgrades at a clubs in all 50 states. In its third year, Renovation Across the Nation will have reached 150 Clubs, totaling nearly $9 million worth of renovations nationwide. To kick-off the campaign, R&B singer Kelly Rowland joined Lowe’s Heroes — the retailer’s employee volunteer force — to spruce up a Boys & Girls Club in Long Beach, California with new paint, blinds and furniture while also lending a hand on outdoor landscaping projects.

Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]

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