Sep 19, 2019
How Good Are Your Best Practices?By Tim Hodson

Got pests?

Do you want to avoid getting them in your greenhouses? Or learn how to minimize their impact on your operations?

On Sept. 25, GPN will present a free, one-hour webinar on “Best Management Practices for Pest Control in Ornamentals.” The webinar will take place at 2 p.m. EDT. The presenter is Roger Styer of Styer’s Horticultural Consulting.

During the webinar, Roger will cover what goes into a solid pest control program for any type of pest you may have. Areas to cover will include sanitation, scouting and monitoring, and knowing how to recognize what pests you have.

Since resistance issues and phytotoxicity problems continue to show up every year, growers need to know what chemicals to rotate, how to properly read labels and how long to store products.

Many problems with ineffective control are the result of improper spraying and drenching techniques. Finally, the use of biocontrols is becoming more prevalent, but growers need to know the chemical compatibility of pesticides used on any biocontrols on their crops.

Click here to register for this free webinar.

— Tim

Walmart to Host Free Wellness Event

Walmart is inviting customers to its Walmart Wellness Day later this week, where they can get free health services and resources, including information on better heart health. The event will take place Sept. 21, at more than 4,600 Walmart stores with pharmacies across the country. In addition to heart health information, customers who attend the event can also expect: free health screenings for cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, BMI and vision; flu shots and immunizations; consultations with a local pharmacist; and more. Visit to learn more about the program.

Tractor Supply Marks Milestone with Latest Store Opening

On Sept. 7, Tractor Supply Co. opened its 1,800th store with a grand opening celebration at the new store in Berkshire Township (Sunbury), Ohio. The company opened 80 new stores in 2018 and expects to continue its strategic expansion with 80 new store openings in 2019. The Sunbury store is the 93rd store in Ohio. “This milestone opening not only reaffirms our long-term growth plans but also how our ONETractor strategy of providing customers the convenience of shopping anytime, anywhere and anyway they choose is resonating and paving the way for future growth,” said company CEO Greg Sandfort.

Whole Foods Expands Distribution of CBD Products

Earlier this week, Whole Foods Market announced it is expanding distribution of topical CBD products to 13 additional states this month, making CBD products available in a total of 359 stores in the U.S. Along with the broadened availability, the retailer is also adding exclusive CBD items from Pacha Soap Co. As of September 2019, the retailer now carries topical CBD products in 30 states. “Our shoppers have expressed a growing interest in CBD products,” said Jennifer Coleman, Global Senior Category Merchant for Whole Foods Market. “We’re thrilled to roll out topical CBD products in even more stores.”

Tim Hodson

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

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