NovemberFest, Danziger's flagship annual event, marks the kick-off of the new season and a chance for industry leaders - growers, retailers, and distributors - to explore the company’s latest genetics and assortment from its R&D facilities in Israel.
This year, NovemberFest 2020 will take place as a virtual event.
“Instead of looking at this as a substitute for the ‘real thing,’ we’re embracing the opportunities created by the new normal to design a more personalized and tailored experience for our global visitors. Now they can discover our blooming assortment and amazing new varieties at their own pace and time zone, through virtual tours of our R&D facility and greenhouses. They will also have the opportunity to get to know our people on a one to one basis,” says Ori Danziger, Deputy CEO.
During NovemberFest 2020, visitors will have the opportunity to take a 360 virtual tour of the R&D facility in Israel and explore Danziger's vast assortment and new genetics for the 2022 season, featuring 66 new varieties, 3 new series, and one brand new crop. Among others, Danziger will present:
CAPELLA - Danziger's flagship series is proud to introduce "Hello Yellow", the perfect Petunia in a perfect yellow color. CAPELLA is quickly becoming a grower favorite. This innovative petunia performs well in propagation, requires minimal PGR and blooms early enough for any petunia program. CAPELLA creates tidy small pots and works well to make combinations that draw the eye at retail and continue to perform in the home garden.
LOLLIES - A new uniform Argyranthemum series comprising of 5 bright colors that gives a treat of color to any retail display and at the end consumer’s garden.
HARMONY COLORFALL - HARMONY®COLORFALL is the first trailing line of NGI on the market, specially selected for hanging baskets. COLORFALL features all the wonderful traits of the HARMONY series, including large flowers and uniform growth, with a unique trailing habit. This innovative New Guinea series was first introduced last season and will have an additional four colors launched at NovemberFest. COLORFALL is perfect for shade hanging baskets, patio pots and combinations.
Dark Matter - A new Salvia nemorosa with a unique deep blue colored flower that re-blooms all summer long.
COLIBRI, EYECONIC & OMBRE- Danziger's Calibrachoa assortment has been renewed over the past few years. The COLIBRI series was selected for small pots and is available in 20 beautiful colors. The EYECONIC lineup has an eye pattern with major flower power for baskets and combos. OMBRE is a series with a beautiful blend of several colors on each plant and controlled semi-trailing habit that is well suited for hanging baskets.
During the event, Danziger’s local Israeli team together with worldwide teams based in Europe, China and North America, will be available to meet and discuss the company’s new genetics, marketing and retail strategies, breeding, product concepts and more via 1:1 streamed video meetings.
Dümmen Orange now offers its Ditto series of VitaMum. As part of the company’s INTRINSA breeding program, the new mums are white rust-resistant and available in five colors: Ditto Lemon, Ditto Dark Orange, Ditto Dark Pink, Ditto Pink and Ditto White.
“Our new Ditto series showed very good results in the northeast this past season,” said Peter van Grouw, mum product captain for Dümmen Orange. “Trials confirmed the excellent habit and longevity of the colors. Dittos work especially well in combinations and pots up to 8 inches.”
This series has enjoyed early success in the market for a number of reasons.
“Ditto Mums are the first commercial results from our innovative INTRINSA breeding program,” said QiuXia Chen product manager for pot plants at Dümmen Orange. “The white rust resistance supports our goal to introduce healthier plants which can be grown sustainably while simultaneously providing an economic benefit for growers.”
Uniform between all colors, Dittos make both the production and combinations very predictable for every grower.
The INTRINSA breeding program has been uniquely identified for having white rust resistance. It provides more sustainability in growing because white rust is a quarantine disease and serves as the basis for the current import restriction on mums.
For more details about Dümmen Orange, please visit the company's website here.
Oregon Association of Nurseries announces webinar series
The various sessions are scheduled for Nov. 10-12.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries, in partnership with Airtec Sprayers, is hosting a three-day webinar series to help growers stay up-to-date on the latest nursery pest management techniques and safety standards.
The expert-led webinars will take place Tuesday–Thursday, November 10–12, 2020. Sessions begin at 9:45 a.m. with speaker introductions and counting for attendance. Each presentation will run 10–11 a.m., and 15 minutes will be reserved for questions at the end. A comprehension quiz will also be available.
Every webinar is led by industry experts and has been designed to help nursery and greenhouse operators improve the efficiency of their integrated pest management (IPM) programs. Pesticide continuing education units (CEU) will be issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), and are in process for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) as well. To earn credit, attendees must register under their own name and attend the webinar in its entirety.
The webinar topics are as follows:
Tuesday, November 10 — “Battle Botrytis! All about pathogen biology and management options,” with Dr. Luisa Santamaria, nursery pathology specialist at Oregon State University. Dr. Santamaria will discuss her current research on Botrytis and IPM solutions for greenhouse and outdoor nursery environments. In addition to best management practices for cultural control prevention, Dr. Santamaria will delve into the best biorational and chemical options for treatment.
Wednesday, November 11 — “Calibration and water volume for efficient chemical applications,” with Tim Schaal and Dan Schaal of Airtec Sprayers Inc. Founded by Dale Schaal in 1992, Airtec Sprayers Inc. is a multigenerational family-owned business currently led by his sons, Tim Schaal (CEO) and Dan Schaal (vice president of sales). Dale worked closely with farmers and agricultural workers to develop innovative spraying technology used across the U.S., Latin America, and Canada. Tim and Dan will demonstrate proper water calibration for different types of sprayers for efficient and safe application of chemical controls.
Thursday, November 12 — “Crop-adapted spraying (CAS) in nursery production,” with Brian Hill, nursery crops faculty research assistant at Oregon State University. Hill will define CAS and its practical application in nursery production based on planting arrangement, cultivar, maturity, and crop stage/season. The talk will provide a step-by-step method of adjusting sensor-based sprayer application rates while maintaining efficacy.
Registration is required for all webinars. The cost to attend one webinar (any day) is $20 for OAN members or $25 for non-members. OAN members can register for all three days for $50; non-members will pay $65. Registration with additional information about the sessions can be found by clicking here.
Trump administration plans to end H-1B visa lottery
USCIS would grant petitions based on the registrations starting from the highest salaries to the lowest — which would exclude many workers paid Level 1 and Level 2 wages.
The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would end the H-1B visa lottery, used when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives more petitions than allowed under the annual limit. In its place, USCIS would grant petitions based on the registrations received starting with the highest salary level and working down. The proposed regulation to eliminate the lottery may violate the statute, say attorneys, and also raises questions as to its impact on international students, information technology professionals, physicians and others with less experience who could be shut out of obtaining H-1B petitions.