Join industry experts on March 18 at 2 p.m. EST to discuss the science behind Actinovate Biofungicide, as well as the unique advantages of biological fungicides in horticulture. With the use of proven biological options for fungal pathogen control, instead of applying chemical fungicides, growers can apply microscopic biological fungicide factories to their growing media and foliage, and proactively protect the plant from pathogens. Like probiotics for your plants, the patented Streptomyces Lydicus WYEC108 microbes provide protection from fungal pathogens through multiple modes of action, as well as ecosystem services within the rhizosphere that boost plant and soil health. The event is sponsored by Mycorrhizal Applications.
J. Berry Nursery and Genetics have announced the addition of three new team members.
Emilia Edwards joins J. Berry as Project Manager and Production Coordinator. She is a high school graduate of J. Berry’s hometown of Grand Saline, Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Emilia plans to pursue her Masters and enjoys working in a collaborative and diverse environment. She is a team player and enjoys applying her business skills of 10 years into a company as innovative as J. Berry.
David Ocheltree joins as Human Resources Manager/Continuous Improvement Manager. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, he is a graduate of Concordia University with a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. In 2018, he retired from the United States military after 26 years of faithful service. David currently brings his leadership as a mentor to the athletes of Team USA in the United States Olympic Committee. We are confident that the leadership skills and expertise he possesses will help launch the culture at J. Berry Nursery that empowers and fosters personal, professional, and spiritual growth.
Jim Hoover joins as Logistics and Shipping Manager. He has relocated from Minnesota where he has 30 years of experience in the logistics field after studying at Georgia Tech. He enjoys developing new business models to drive improvement and stays very active in different organizations that relate to the logistics industry. Jim and his wife Lori enjoy traveling to other parts of the world to learn and see many different cultures as well as spending time with their two sons and grandchild.
Horticultural Research Institute is helping the green industry tHRIve with a new web-based series featuring key research findings. The tHRIve series covers research that is directly funded by HRI as well as research that is federally funded.
In announcing the new tHRIve web series, HRI President Gary Knosher said, “HRI was created to improve the horticultural community through research that addresses critical issues and new innovations. HRI trustees recognize that research is critical to help our industry succeed and grow, and sharing new findings is part of that equation. I’m excited to be part of this focus of using videos not only to share new research but also to engage our community in another way.”
HRI supports research and outreach efforts that prepare the horticultural industry for challenges and opportunities for business success. Connecting the industry to the research is a key component in that endeavor. New tHRIve sessions will be posted throughout the year, with all content available online for free at any time at www.HRIresearch.org. The tHRIve sessions will offer everything from bite-sized research clips to researcher interviews to short webinars to live Q&A with researchers.
The Horticultural Research Institute’s mission is to direct, fund, promote, and communicate horticultural research. The creation and launch of the tHRIve web series is another example of how HRI works to connect the industry to research-backed innovation.
Here are the next three web videos from tHRIve:
Problems with and management options for redheaded flea beetles in nurseries
March 10, 11:00 a.m. Eastern
This presentation will briefly cover insect phenology for the mid-Atlantic and how it has provided some guidance with management in the southeast. There will also be discussion regarding larva and adult activity in relation to growing degree days and plant phenological indicators. Host plants fed on by the beetle will be discussed, and recent observations in the selection from different species and cultivars of Hydrangea. You will hear about feeding preference trials conducted in the field and laboratory between different species of plants other than hydrangea. In this session we will discuss timing of different management options for the flea beetle larvae and adult stages. Insecticide efficacy trial evaluations will be shared and discussed. Additionally, we will discuss the successes, limitations, challenges and potential for biological control and entomopathogens in pest control.
International Boxwood Blight Series: Germany
A 15-Year Love-Hate Relationship
March 18, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
German researchers have been working on boxwood blight since it first appeared in Germany in the summer of 2004. Initial cultivar trials indicated that there were large differences in susceptibility. This resulted in a series of horticultural trials, on the one hand on the susceptibility of Buxus species and cultivars, and on the other hand on alternative woody plants as substitutes for boxwood. In parallel, many trials on the suitability of fungicides have been running since 2005, both in vitro and in the field. In addition, the trials have repeatedly tested preparations that were considered as alternatives for chemical plant protection. Furthermore, we monitored the occurrence of the two blight pathogens, Calonectria pseudonaviculata and C. henricotiae, and examined other host plants - Pachysandra and Sarcococca in trials. This talk will summarize the 15-years of research results and share the successes and difficulties of blight control in gardens and parks in Germany.
Plant Benefits or Features:
Which Cue is More Effective?
April 15, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Better understanding consumer behavior, preferences, and trends is a key HRI research priority. In 2020, Dr. Bridget Behe built upon her previous research that showed younger customers were more likely to purchase a branded plant – even when identical to a non-branded plant – and that consumers in general want more information on signs because they cannot ascertain plant attributes by looking at it. In this session, Dr. Behe will review new research findings from her study looking at which benefits resonate best with which type of consumers.
It is with great sadness that Aris Horticulture, Inc. announces the passing of chairman and visionary leader, G. Ramsey Yoder who died quietly Tuesday, March 2, at the age of 87 from complications related to pneumonia.
Mr. Yoder served as president starting in 1977 and then CEO and chairman of the board of directors in 1989. He retired as CEO in 1992 but remained as chairman.
Ramsey graduated from Cornell University with a BS Degree in Floriculture in 1955. He also completed the Small Business Owners Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Prior to his executive positions, he joined Yoder Brothers in 1955 as a mum propagator in the Barberton greenhouses. He was promoted to management in 1959 when he transferred to California to develop the Salinas operation. He remained there as general manager for ten years before coming back to Barberton to become vice president of marketing and sales.
Ramsey explained that his first taste of the business came when he was thirteen working at the mushroom barn filling rail carts for mushroom trays. His life’s work was centered on the company for more than 74 years.
After some challenging years in the 1970s, Ramsey oversaw a reorganization in the 1980s leading to a growth spurt, improved profitability and further European expansion. Then, the Keepsake Plants® finished products business in Canada took off and the company expanded again in Europe. Soon thereafter, the company took steps to restructure to direct sales in the US and added mum production in Kenya. In the 1990s, he led the company’s efforts to diversify away from mums and invest in the faster growing perennial garden plant segment. Ramsey’s vision helped the company leverage its strengths, adapt to change, and become a leading, world class horticulture company.
Throughout Ramsey’s career he fostered a close-knit relationship with employees, customers and top industry leaders. Ramsey recently wrote in connection with the company’s 100-year anniversary that “it’s been an exciting life met with challenges,” but he always looked to the future. He was quick to acknowledge and thank the employee group for their effort and determination and was hopeful for even more success in the future. He eloquently described the company and its success as offering customers “something to grow on”, which, he said, has a deeper meaning. “We are proud of our product, but to find the real essence of Aris, we must look further…to the people and events that have shaped our company.”
Scott Schaefer, president and CEO, stated that “the company’s achievements under his leadership have made a lasting impact on the industry. While no one is ever completely ready for such an event, the company and Yoder family have provided for succession and board of directors transition.”
Although the pandemic disrupted daily routines, Ramsey stayed engaged and productive until just recently.
Ramsey lived on a farm in Tinmouth, Vermont. He loved to travel and was an avid fly-fisherman. Pre-deceased by his first wife, Patty, he is survived by two sons, Brad and Shane, and wife Denise (Tess). He will be greatly missed by all Aris employees, who send their condolences to the Yoder family.