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Oct. 31, 2013
Fall Pest Management Strategies

Taking action now can greatly reduce pest and disease pressures next spring. Learn more about fall pest management strategies in this month's 'Ornamental Solutions' by Paul Pilon.

Oct. 08, 2013
Using Biofungicides

Biofungicides are commonly used to suppress or control soil borne pathogens.  Learn more about controlling diseases with biological fungicides in this month's 'Ornamental Solutions' by Paul Pilon

Aug. 27, 2013
Septoria Leaf Spots

The fungal pathogen Septoria attacks numerous ornamentals, vegetables, and grain crops. Learn how to identify and manage Septoria leaf spots in this month’s ‘Ornamental Solutions’ by Paul Pilon.

Jun. 14, 2013
Downy Mildew Update

Over the past two growing seasons, downy mildew has been the focal point of discussion amongst growers, landscapers and gardeners.  Although downy mildew is by no means a new disease for growers, it recently has wreaked havoc on impatiens and continues to be a concern to the ornamentals industry.  

May. 30, 2013
Empress Intrinsic brand fungicide and Siesta Insecticide Fire Ant Bait available this month

BASF is adding two new products to your toolbox: Empress™ Intrinsic™ brand fungicide and Siesta™ Insecticide Fire Ant Bait. Both products will be available for sale this month.

May. 30, 2013
Heading to Columbus, Ohio for OFA? Visit BASF booth #1759 to win cash and new product samples!

Heading to OFA Short Course in July? Come see us at booth #1759!

May. 20, 2013
Two-Spotted Spider Mites

If two-spotted spider mite infestations go undetected, they can be very difficult to control late in the production cycle and may cause serious injury to crops.  Learn to indentify these pests, the injury they cause, and methods of controlling mites in this month’s “Ornamental Solutions” by Paul Pilon.

Apr. 17, 2013
Phytophthora Diseases

Phytophthora commonly causes crown rots on a wide range of ornamentals grown in greenhouses and nurseries. Learn how to recognize symptoms of infection and how to manage this disease in this month’s ‘Ornamental Solutions’ by Paul Pilon

Mar. 27, 2013
Improving Success with Beneficial Nematodes

Many growers rely on beneficial nematodes to control various greenhouse pests, learn more about how you can use them in this month’s Ornamental Solutions with Paul Pilon.

Mar. 04, 2013
Swift Greenhouses' Success Using Pageant® Intrinsic brand fungicide

A major challenge for Swift Greenhouses is successfully shipping plants during non-ideal weather conditions—without taking a hit to the bottom line. A family-run operation since 1952, Swift Greenhouses grows more than 1,300 varieties of perennials, herbs and annuals.

Feb. 04, 2013
Managing Botrytis Inside Greenhouses During the Winter

Many growers experience infections caused by the fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea during the late winter and throughout the spring months.

Jan. 02, 2013
Preparing Facilities for Spring Production

This 'Ornamental Solutions' by Paul Pilon explores numerous strategies growers can implement before crops are moved into the production site that will greatly reduce the occurrence of cultural problems during production.  

Dec. 05, 2012
Controlling Weeds - Winter Annuals

Many weeds, referred to as winter annuals, can prosper under cool growing conditions.  Learn how to manage winter annuals in this month's 'Ornamental Solutions'  by Paul Pilon.

Nov. 20, 2012
Save Time and Labor with Total Release Technology

Modern total release (TR) technology – also known as aerosol foggers – is rooted in convenience. Greenhouse growers can apply total release products in three simple steps:  locate, lock down and leave.

Oct. 29, 2012
Using Tank Mixes to Control Pests and Diseases

Growers utilize tank mixes to control crop pests and diseases for various reasons.  Learn more about using tank mixes in this month's 'Ornamental Solutions'  by Paul Pilon.

Sep. 26, 2012
Aster Yellows

Aster yellows is a very serious plant disease that infects numerous herbaceous crops.  There are currently no effective controls for infected plants and controlling the leafhoppers which vector Aster yellows can also be difficult for growers.  Learn how to identify and manage Aster yellows in this month's "Ornamental Solutions" by Paul Pilon.

Sep. 14, 2012
Save Big with the 2013 BASF Early Order Program

Growers can buy early and save more. The 2013 BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Early Order Program (EOP) means budget-savings for qualified buyers. All qualifying agency products invoiced Oct. 1 through Dec. 14, 2012, will receive June 7, 2013 terms.

Aug. 14, 2012
Anthracnose Diseases

Anthracnose diseases attack numerous perennials, tropical foliage plants and woody ornamentals. Learn how to identify and manage anthracnose diseases in this month’s ‘Ornamental Solutions’ by Paul Pilon.  

Jul. 16, 2012
Controlling Caterpillars and Looper on Ornamentals

Although not major pests on ornamentals, caterpillars and loopers are frequently observed feeding on various greenhouse and nursery crops. Learn more about these insect pests and how to control them in this month's 'Ornamental Solutions' by Paul Pilon.

Jun. 15, 2012
Visit 2012 OFA BASF booth 1759 to win cash and learn about Pageant® Intrinsic brand fungicide

Heading to the 2012 OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio?

Visit the BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals booth #1759 to learn about Pageant® Intrinsic™ brand fungicide—the ornamental industry’s first fungicide labeled for disease control and plant health. Ask your tough fungi and other pest management questions and play Growers Pyramid for a chance to win up to $1,000!

May. 11, 2012
Western Flower Thrips

Western flower thrips can be problematic for growers throughout the spring and summer months.  Learn about thrips and various control strategies in this month's 'Ornamental Solutions' by Paul Pilon.

Apr. 26, 2012

Cylindrocladium is a very aggressive pathogen known to infect and reduce the marketability of several ornamentals and greenhouse crops. Most recently, Cylindrocladium has rapidly made its presence known at nurseries on box woods.  Learn how to identify and manage this disease in this month’s ‘Ornamental Solutions’ by Paul Pilon.  

Apr. 10, 2012
Managing Impatiens Downy Mildew

You have no doubt heard the dire warnings about this disease reported in trade journals and from concerned growers and landscape professionals.  Here are some key facts and tips for keeping your Impatiens greenhouse crop & outdoor plantings clean and thriving this spring and summer.

Apr. 05, 2012
Pageant® Intrinsic Brand Fungicide Launch Meetings Information

BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals launched Pageant® Intrinsic™ brand fungicide , the ornamental industry’s first fungicide labeled for disease control and plant health. Pageant Intrinsic launch meetings are taking place across the country this summer. CLICK HERE  to register for a meeting near you.

Mar. 19, 2012
Bacterial Leaf Spots

Bacterial leaf spots can easily be misdiagnosed and can quickly cause significant injury to ornamental plants.  Learn how to identify and manage bacterial leaf spots in this month's "Ornamental Solutions" by Paul Pilon.

Mar. 01, 2012
Reducing the Occurrence of Edema

Many growers observe edema (oedema) on various crops during production. Although some of the symptoms may resemble those observed with other disorders, edema is a non-infectious (not transmittable) physiological disorder and is not the result of insect feeding, plant pathogens, bacterium, or plant viruses.

Jan. 18, 2012
Avoiding Problems During Dark, Cloudy Weather

During the winter months and into the early spring, it is not uncommon to have extended periods of dark, cloudy and often rainy conditions. Although, most growers are producing plants inside various types of growing facilities which provide some protection from the outside elements, these conditions frequently have adverse affects on crop production.

Jan. 12, 2012
Bringing Innovation

In 2012, our promise to ornamental professionals remains consistent and focused: deliver innovation that helps them be more successful.

Dec. 14, 2011
Collecting Samples for Diagnostic Clinics

Diagnostic clinics can properly identify many of the cultural problems growers experience.  With the correct diagnosis, growers can more effectively manage ailing crops.  Learn how to properly submit samples for analysis in this month’s ‘Ornamental Solutions’ by Paul Pilon.

Nov. 07, 2011
Recognizing Plant Viruses

There are numerous plant viruses known to attack various ornamental and greenhouse crops.  

Oct. 14, 2011
Alternaria Leaf Spots

Alternaria leaf spots occur on numerous plant species and takes on numerous appearances. Learn how to identify and manage Alternaria Diseases in this month’s ‘Ornamental Solutions’ by Paul Pilon.  

Sep. 26, 2011
Save More with the 2012 BASF Early Order Program

The 2012 BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Early Order Program (EOP) means pre-season, budget-stretching savings for qualified buyers! 

Sep. 14, 2011
Phytopthora Crown and Root Rot by Paul Pilon

Crown and root rots caused by Phytopthora are very common in greenhouses and nurseries.  Learn how to recognize symptoms of infection and how to manage this disease in this week’s ‘Ornamental Solutions’ by Paul Pilon

Sep. 06, 2011
Winner Announced @BASFPlants_us Twitter Drive Ends

Today officially marks the end of our @BASFPlants_us Pageant® fungicide disease control prevention awareness drive campaign.

Aug. 16, 2011
Broad and Cyclamen Mites by Paul Pilon

Broad and cyclamen mites are often misdiagnosed for other problems. Learn about these hard to detect mites in this week’s “Ornamental Solutions” by Paul Pilon.

Jun. 01, 2011
Visit BASF Booth #1759 at OFA Short Course 2011 in Columbus, Ohio

Attending the 2011 OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio, July 10-12? Visit the BASF booth #1759 to learn, and win cash during the in-booth trivia game, Pile On The Cash. Contestants can win up to $500.

We’ll also do a special media round of Pile On The Cash for charity on Monday, July 11. with editors from GM Pro, GPN, Greenhouse Grower and GrowerTalks . BASF is again proud to sponsor the Grower of the Year Award, part of Meister Media’s Evening of Excellence at OFA. We are also invite you to join us at the OFA Unplugged networking event at the Park Street Cantina in Columbus.

May. 31, 2011
Only 199 more @BASFPlants_us Twitter Followers Needed to Give a Grower a Flip Video Cam!

BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals is on its way to the goal of 300 BASFPlants_us followers as part of the Pageant® fungicide disease control prevention awareness drive.

May. 17, 2011
Rhizoctonia Web Blight by Paul Pilon

Although Rhizoctonia  is a soil borne disease, contrary to what many growers believe, it rarely causes root rot infections. Rhizoctonia often infects plants during production and causes number of different diseases including aerial blight, leaf spots, cutting rot, stem rot, bulb rot, and dampening off. Aerial blight or web blight caused by Rhizoctonia is particularly problematic for growers during late spring and summer production when the environmental factors are favorable and the crop canopy is dense.

Apr. 19, 2011
Powdery Mildew on Gerbera by Paul Pilon

Powdery mildew is one of the most common diseases observed on Gerbera. Although, this pathogen can be observed in the plug stages, it occurs most frequently late in the production cycle of the finished crop. The powdery mildew that most commonly attacks Gerbera is Erysiphe cichoracearum. This pathogen is particularly problematic for growers because the infections occur so frequently. Under severe infestations, the aesthetic appeal and plant quality is greatly reduced which may render the plants unmarketable.

Apr. 07, 2011
Help @BASFPlants_us Grow to 300 Twitter Followers for Pageant Fungicide #GrowTo300 Awareness Drive and Opportunity to Get a Flip Video Cam

BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals’ Pageant® fungicide combines two fast-acting active ingredients, boscalid and pyraclostrobin, into one product that offers more control on more diseases than any other currently registered fungicide. Expand your disease control spectrum with Pageant, and help us expand our Twitter following to 300!

Mar. 15, 2011
Controlling Botrytis by Paul Pilon

Botrytis or Botrytis blight (Botrytis cinerea) is one of the most problematic diseases that attack crops in the late winter and throughout the spring months. This disease is particularly problematic for growers in the spring because the environmental conditions are conducive for its development. Botrytis commonly occurs in both production areas and overwintering facilities.

Feb. 15, 2011
Managing Fungus Gnats and Shore Flies

Growers are all too familiar with the presence of the numerous small black flies that frequently occur during the production of greenhouse and nursery crops. These flies are most commonly fungus gnat (Bradysia coprophillia and Bradysia impatiens) or shore fly (Scatella stagnalis) adults.

Jan. 11, 2011
The Importance of Scouting by Paul Pilon

Whenever and wherever crops are being grown, they are always susceptible to being attacked by insects and plant pathogens. To detect potential problems many growers implement scouting programs. This article describes the importance of scouting and provides several guidelines to consider when implementing a scouting program at your facility.

Dec. 21, 2010
Increasing the Effectiveness of Spray Applications by Paul Pilon

The objective of any spray application of fungicides or insecticides is to provide a uniform distribution and deposition of active ingredient throughout the target area which will effectively control the intended insect or plant pathogen.  Below are several guidelines that will help growers achieve optimal efficacy from these applications.

Dec. 15, 2010
Travis Klosterboer, BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Senior Sales Specialist – Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma Territory

Home base:  Humble, Texas

Time with BASF:  Three years

Approach with customers:  “It’s my job to educate users on the technical features and benefits of our products, and, most importantly, how our products can solve issues that they face on golf courses, in nurseries or through their lawn care businesses,” said Klosterboer. “I don’t believe in short-term selling – I want the best long-term solutions for my customers.”

Dec. 07, 2010
Greenhouse Sanitation by Paul Pilon

We’ve all heard about the importance of sanitation, but many growers only implement sound sanitary practices at certain points in their production systems.  Sanitation should be viewed as an ongoing task. In many instances, the introduction and/or spreading of various pest organisms can greatly be reduced with sound sanitary practices throughout the growing season.  Not only is sanitation the first line of defense against potential problems, but it is the simplest and most cost effective component of a pest control programs. Sanitation essentially involves two key strategies: cleaning and disinfecting.

Nov. 23, 2010
Weeds - Winter Annuals by Paul Pilon

Several weeds, commonly referred to as winter annuals, continue to grow and often become problematic for growers on crops being produced or over-wintered during the coolest months of the year. Annual blue grass (Poa annua), common chickweed (Stellaria media), common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsute), henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), horseweed (Conyza canadensis), purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum), yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris), and wild mustard (Sinapis arvensis) are examples of weeds commonly referred to as winter annuals.

Nov. 15, 2010
John Bresnahan, BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Senior Sales Specialist – New England Territory

Home base:  Longmeadow, Mass.

Time with BASF:  
Five years

Approach with customers:
 Listen first and recommend second. John’s regular contact with customers extends beyond the phone; he makes a point to listen in person. That means walking the course with superintendents and meeting growers at their greenhouses and nurseries. By phone or in-person, he asks questions, listens, identifies issues and then discusses solutions.

Nov. 09, 2010
Managing Algae in Greenhouses by Paul Pilon

Algae are a diverse grouping of plants that commonly appears in greenhouses and can be very problematic for some growers. They are simple plants that primarily reproduce vegetatively by single cell division or fragmentation of colonies; they also have a sexual cycle that produces zoospores.

Oct. 26, 2010
Managing Pythium Root Rot by Paul Pilon

Many crops are susceptible to Pythium root rot. Under optimal circumstances, Pythium can occur on nearly every life stage throughout the entire production cycle. Many growers do not monitor the root systems often enough during production and the detection of this disease and other root rot pathogens often doesn’t occur until significant injury and/or death has occurred.

Oct. 12, 2010
Controlling Mites on Poinsettia by Paul Pilon

Mites are not the first pest that comes to mind when growers think about poinsettias. However, mites are occasionally found feeding on them. The two most common mite species which infest poinsettias are Lewis mites (Eotetranychus lewisi) and the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae). Mites have become more problematic for growers in recent years since many of the pesticides on the market today are more targeted with each product controlling a specific type of pest or a relatively small number of pests compared to past products which tended to offer broader spectrum control of a number of various pests simultaneously.

Sep. 28, 2010
The Importance of Resistance Management by Paul Pilon

Growers commonly use pesticides to control various insect and disease organisms that commonly attack or feed on their crops. Chemical pesticides are divided into various classes depending on the type of pest they are effective at controlling. For example, fungicides are used to control plant pathogens, insecticides are used to control insect pests, and miticides are effective at controlling various types of mites. Unfortunately, many pests are capable of developing resistance to many of the pesticides growers use to control them.

Pesticides are usually most effective at controlling a pest when it is applied to a particular life cycle, or stage of development, of an insect or disease. The application of these products to non-responsive life stages results in less overall control of the targeted pest or disease. The greatest level of control is obtained when growers pick pesticides which are appropriate for controlling the desired pest, and apply them to the life stages which will yield the greatest results. 

Sep. 20, 2010
Ted Huhn, BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Senior Sales Specialist for Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey

Home base: Millsboro, Del.
Time with BASF: 11 years
Approach with customers: 
“The industry is constantly evolving,” said Huhn. “The changes my customers deal with, whether it’s a new disease or turf type, encourages me to diversify my understanding of the industry. I must quickly adapt to new situations so I can offer my customers the best solution.”

Sep. 14, 2010
Controlling Whiteflies on Poinsettias by Paul Pilon

The greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) and silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia argentifolii) are commonly observed feeding on poinsettia crops. Whiteflies have piercing, sucking mouth parts and in many instances do not cause detectable injury symptoms to crops. However, when their populations are high, more significant injury is likely and the plants may turn chlorotic and appear mottled from feeding, but these types of symptoms are fairly uncommon.

Although, they do not usually cause visible injury symptoms from feeding, there is virtually zero tolerance for the presence of any adults on crops in today’s marketplace. Due to the low threshold and the ease of controlling them early in the crop cycle, many growers implement preventative programs during production.

Aug. 31, 2010
Controlling Leafhoppers on Perennials by Paul Pilon

Each year many growers produce a large quantity of their perennials for summer and fall sales in outdoor production sites.  There are many advantages to producing plants outside; however, in some situations certain insect pests can cause serious damage to ornamental crops.  Leafhoppers are commonly observed in outside production areas and have been known to cause serious injury to crops. They feed on a wide variety of herbaceous perennials including Anemone, Aster, Bellis, Campanula, Chrysanthemum, Coreopsis, Delphinium, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Liatris, Phlox, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Scabiosa  and Veronica to name a few.

Aug. 17, 2010
Managing Powdery Mildew by Paul Pilon

There are several pathogens (Erysiphe, Leveillula, Microsphaera, Podosphaera, and Spaerotheca) that cause powdery mildew diseases. These pathogens are host specific, meaning that the pathogen that infects one type of plant is usually different from the mildew that attacks another. Powdery mildew attacks a great number of bedding plants, perennials, and woody ornamentals. Powdery mildew usually does not result in plant mortality, but does reduce a plant’s performance, affects plant quality, and greatly reduces the aesthetic appeal of infected ornamentals.

Aug. 09, 2010
Kyle Miller, BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Senior Technical Specialist – Northern U.S.

Home base: Chesterfield, Virginia

Time with BASF: 21 years

Approach with customers:  “I really enjoy educating people and helping customers solve problems. I work on the front end of bringing products to market. It’s my job to work with our customers and help them understand the solutions that BASF offers from start to finish. That means listening to customers face to face and working with them to break down complex, scientific processes into simple, customer-specific solutions.

Aug. 03, 2010
Identifying and Managing Southern Blight by Paul Pilon

Southern blight (Sclerotium rolfsii) can be a very destructive disease that infects several annuals, perennials, and woody ornamentals. Southern blight is more common in southern locations, but is also commonly observed in northern locations. These pathogens attack crops very quickly, often catching growers by surprise. Sclerotium is relatively difficult to control compared to other plant pathogens making it even more problematic for growers.

Aug. 01, 2010
Fred Eckert, BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Senior Sales Specialist for the Southwest and Hawaii

Home base:  Manhattan Beach, California

Time with BASF: 5 years

Approach with customers:  “A typical day for me is answering inquiries from distributors and end users. I do ride-alongs with distributor reps where we visit end users and help them address their pest challenges,” said Eckert.

Jul. 20, 2010
Japanese Beetles by Paul Pilon

They’re back. Growers in the eastern half of the United States are regrettably familiar with Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica). Japanese beetles can be very problematic for many nurseries as they can quickly devour plant foliage and render crops not marketable. As the adults emerge from mid June thru early August, there seems to be an endless supply of these voracious feeders which consume a wide array of herbaceous and woody ornamentals. 

Jul. 07, 2010
Properties of Water Soluble Fertilizers by Paul Pilon

Providing the appropriate fertility levels is one of the most important aspects of producing greenhouse crops.  Many growers use water soluble fertilizers (WSFs) to deliver nutrients to their plants.  There are several factors to consider when using WSFs; some of them include the fertilizer’s formulation, the source of nutrients it is made of, its solubility, its basic or acidic properties, and price.

Jun. 22, 2010
Chrysanthemum White Rust by Paul Pilon

Chrysanthemum white rust (CWR) caused by the pathogen Puccinia horiana is a federally quarantined disease that is increasing in incidence within the United States in recent years. CWR is a mircocyclic rust which does not require an alternate host to complete its life cycle. Several species are susceptible to CWR including Dendranthema x grandiflora syn. Chrysanthemum morifolium, Nipponicanthumum nipponicum syn. C. nipponicum, Leucanthemella serotina syn. C. serotinum, and Ajania pacifica syn. C. pacificum. Chrysanthemum white rust can be a very serious problem; when it occurs CWR could potentially result in 100% loss of all chrysanthemum plants that are in production. It is classified as a quarantine action pest and requires state and federal regulatory action upon detection.

Jun. 16, 2010
OFA 2010 is Coming! Visit BASF Booth #1741

Attending the 2010 Ohio Florists’ Association (OFA) Short Course in Columbus, Ohio? Visit the BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals booth #1741 to learn, and win some cash during the in-booth trivia game called Pile On The Cash. Contestants can win up to $500. We’ll also do a special media round of Pile On The Cash for charity! Come see how much cash editors from GM Pro, GPN, Greenhouse Grower and GrowerTalks can win for their favorite charities. BASF again is proud to sponsor the Head Grower and Operation of the Year Awards, part of Meister Media’s Evening of Excellence at OFA. We are also excited to host the OFA Unplugged networking event.

Jun. 08, 2010
Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus by Paul Pilon

Impatiens necrotic spot virus (INSV) is type of plant virus that infects a wide range of ornamentals including hundreds of commonly grown bedding plants, potted crops, perennials, and shrubs. INSV is a tospovirus that is primarily transmitted or vectored to crops by Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis), but can also be vectored with vegetative propagation.

May. 25, 2010
Using the PourThru Technique to Monitor Nutrition by Paul Pilon

Maintaining proper nutrient levels is essential to producing healthy and high quality crops. It is recommended for growers to conduct media testing using in-house methods on a weekly basis and to periodically send samples to a commercial or university laboratory for nutritional analysis.

May. 11, 2010
Downy Mildew by Paul Pilon

In recent years, downy mildew has become a serious concern for commercial growers. Downy mildew diseases (Bremia, Basidiophora, Pereonospora, and Plasmopara) infect a wide range of annuals, cut flowers, perennials, and woody ornamentals, but each individual species of mildew infects a small range of closely related plants. For example, the downy mildew that attacks Coleus is different from the mildew that infects Lamium.

Apr. 27, 2010
Controlling Aphids by Paul Pilon

There are numerous types of aphids that feed on a wide range of commercially grown annuals, perennials, and woody ornamentals. The most common aphid species that feed on greenhouse and nursery crops are the chrysanthemum aphid (Macrosiphoniella sanborni), green peach aphid (Myzus persicae), foxglove aphid (Aulacorthum solani), melon or cotton aphid (Aphis gossypii), and potato aphid (Marcosiphum euphorbiae). There are several other aphid species that may be observed feeding on ornamental crops on occasion.

Apr. 20, 2010
McGee Poole, BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Sales Specialist for Indiana, southern Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky

Home base: Lexington, Ky.

Time with BASF:  11 years

Approach with customers:  “This business really is a relationship business,” said Poole. “The best part about working at BASF is meeting new people and making—not just new contacts—but new friends throughout the industry. I work to help customers solve their problems."

Apr. 13, 2010
PGRs – The Importance of Volume by Paul Pilon

Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are chemicals that are primarily used to reduce stem elongation on various crops (containerized annuals, perennials, potted crops, and woody ornamentals) during production. PGRs, when they are applied properly, are very effective at controlling plant height and increasing the quality characteristics of the crops growers produce. PGRs help growers to produce more balanced and aesthetically pleasing plants, reduce shrinkage, increase crop uniformity, extend shelf life, and allow them to ship more plants per load.

Apr. 06, 2010
Todd Burkdoll, BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals Technical Specialist – Western U.S.

Home base:  Visalia, Calif.

Time with BASF:  10 years

Approach with customers:  “I learn from many people throughout my life; in fact, I learn from customers every day, but I’d have to credit my dad as my most important influence,” said Burkdoll. “He instilled in me a strong work ethic and being honest with myself and others. He always told me, ‘A man’s only as good as his word.’ That’s how I try to live my life.

Mar. 30, 2010
Pre-emergent Herbicide Application Guidelines by Paul Pilon

Weed management involves numerous strategies (such as exclusion, hand weeding and using herbicides) and should continue throughout the year and not be considered a once a year event. Controlling weeds within and around the production facility will greatly reduce the introduction of weeds seeds, insects, diseases, and viruses into the crops and the costs associated with controlling these problems.

Mar. 16, 2010
Cool Season Diseases by Paul Pilon

As many growers begin spring production, they are often surprised by the presence of plant pathogens attacking their crops. Although production temperatures are typically lower than optimal for many diseases to develop during the early spring; many diseases are quite capable of infecting plants with low production temperatures.  It is not uncommon to see some diseases develop at temperatures as low as 50 to 55º F. Below are several diseases growers often experience in the early spring.

Mar. 02, 2010
Cool Season Insect and Mite Activity by Paul Pilon

As growers ramp up production in the spring, they are often caught off-guard by the presence of various insects or mites feeding on their crops early in the growing season.  The presence of insects and mites in the early spring occurs frequently with perennials and woody ornamentals that have been overwintered, but they often occur in other crops under cool growing conditions.

Feb. 01, 2010
BASF’s Digital Resources Contribute to Industry’s Growing Online Network

Online media has rapidly transformed how ornamentals industry manufacturers and growers share their knowledge, concerns and solutions for growing healthy plants. User-friendly Web tools, online social platforms and information channels have made education and communication more convenient, efficient and—dare we say—fun!  If you haven’t already, dig into the rich online landscape and watch your network grow.

Jan. 26, 2010
2010 Grower of the Year Award - Nominate a grower today!

Nominations for the 2010 Grower of the Year award will be accepted now through February 26, 2010. In partnership with Greenhouse Grower magazine, BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals will sponsor the 2010 Grower of the Year award. 

Jan. 12, 2010
Greenhouse growers can expect more product innovation from BASF early this year

BASF has two new total release products on the way to help growers get the upper hand on greenhouse pests this year.  Coming later this spring are Mozart™ TR fungicide and Beethoven™ TR insecticide. 

Dec. 08, 2009
Interactive training module for Tower® herbicide from BASF now available for nursery growers

Nursery growers can now learn about the preemergent weed control benefits of Tower® herbicide by linking to the interactive training module here.

This convenient online educational format explains how nursery growers can use Tower herbicide to control more than 50 weeds that challenge field-grown operations.

Dec. 03, 2009
2010 Outlook: Continuing challenges, emerging opportunities

Last year was challenging for the T&O industry and based on projections for 2010 the challenges will likely continue.

For growers, one hopeful glimmer is a 2010 projection that big-box stores will begin to turn around, which would bolster ornamentals sales. Regardless of which way the market swings, one outcome of the recent downturn that won’t change is the elevated grower demand that their pesticide investments give them the highest return.

Nov. 16, 2009
Dave Maubach supports key Midwest customers for BASF Proessional Turf & Ornamentals

Raised on his family’s Iowa farm, Dave Maubach (pronounced MAW-bah) understands the weather and pest pressures that threaten agronomy professionals’ valuable products. Throughout his 23-year career at BASF, Maubach has served customers in Crop Protection and Pest Control. Now he shares his expert growing knowledge with turf professionals and ornamental growers as a senior sales specialist on the Turf & Ornamentals team.

Nov. 02, 2009
Integrate science in nursery weed management plans to minimize labor costs

For many nurseries, there’s very little science in their weed management plans. Instead of taking advantage of new herbicide chemistries that enable more vigorous plant growth, they use labor-intensive manual weeding that leaves 20 percent of weeds, seeds and roots behind, creating a cycle of weed infestation. A successful plan means a better balance of proper herbicide technology with appropriate hand weeding.

Oct. 12, 2009
BASF dedicates new sales position to support Southeast growers

BASF T&O is growing its presence in Southeast nursery and greenhouse operations with an expanded product portfolio and a new, dedicated sales specialist.   Brian McCaffrey, former Whitmire Micro-Gen Horticulture National Sales Manager and current BASF T&O Sales Specialist, is now focused on helping growing operations in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Aug. 18, 2009
Whitmire Microgen Acquisition Supercharges BASF Ornamental Portfolio

A footnote among the Whitmire Microgen acquisition at the end of 2008 was the addition of some powerful horticultural products to the BASF Turf & Ornamental business.

Jun. 05, 2008
BASF brings industry experts directly to growers during cross-country technical tour

BASF brings industry experts directly to growers during cross-country technical tour


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