Posts by Matthew Chappell
December 11th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
Simple calculator for Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts(TM) 20%.
Developed for horticulturist, researchers and hobbyist who use Hortus IBA (TM) (20%) to vegetatively propagate plants. Hortus IBA (TM) (20%), one of the leading commercial rooting hormones, allows users to vary the strength (concentration) of their rooting based on their particular need.
This program calculates the amount of Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts(TM) (20%) to use for a given concentration (parts per million) and volume. Users simply input the desired concentration of the rooting hormone (in parts-per-million, ppm), the amount of rooting hormone needed (in liters, milliliters or gallons) and the app reports how much Hortus TM IBA (20%) (in grams, milligrams or ounces) to mix to produce the desired concentration.
Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts is a trademark of Hortus USA. See http://m.hortus.com“>Hortus for more information. Hortus USA is not affiliated with and is not responsible for this app or its content. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Please be careful when using this application. OHM Horticultural Apps is not responsible for damages caused by improper use of this app. Double check your input.
Download it here!
November 13th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have released two mobile phone applications, or “apps,” to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment.
ARS is USDA’s principal intramural scientific research agency, and the research supports the USDA goal of promoting agricultural sustainability.
With dozens of manufacturers producing dozens of different types of spray technology—each with its own nozzle type, flow rate, and pressure setting range—the equipment setup can get pretty complicated. Aerial sprayers also must factor in wind speed, air temperature, flight speed and humidity.
The apps incorporate the latest science of spray technology, including “spray nozzle atomization” models developed by ARS at College Station. They can be used with a smartphone and accessed right from a field or the cabin of a small aircraft. More than half of all aerial applicators responding to a survey by the National Agricultural Aviation Association reported using smartphones. Data also can be saved for later use and e-mailed to colleagues.
One app is designed for ground-based spraying for mosquitoes and other threats to public health. It covers 60 different sprayers made by 19 manufacturers and was developed jointly with the Department of Defense‘s Navy Entomology Center of Excellence in Jacksonville, Fla. The user selects the appropriate sprayer and is guided through the process of selecting specific operational settings, such as the nozzle type, flow rate and spray pressure setting.
The other app, for aerial spraying, walks users through the process of adjusting nozzles and settings so pesticides are delivered at optimal droplet sizes. Droplet size is critical in aerial operations to ensure “on-target deposition” and minimize pesticide drift. The user specifies the nozzle manufacturer from a menu and is steered through a series of screens and prompts that, based on the specific operating conditions, helps him or her select the right size of the nozzle opening, spray pressure, nozzle orientation and airspeed.
The apps are available online through the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Android Marketplace by searching for “Aerial Sprays” for the aerial application app and “Vector Sprays” for the ground-based sprayer app.
Read more about this research in the November/December 2012 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.
November 8th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
In this webinar, Dr. Charlie Hall will provide projections for the economy in 2013 and how the economy will impact the green industry next year. Special post-election commentary will forecast what effects might be expected given the so-called fiscal cliff that is looming.
Title: “The Economic Outlook for the Green Industry in 2012-13”
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM CST
Register now by clicking the link below:
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
November 8th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
Georgia agricultural producers can (starting January 1, 2013) can purchase MANY input products TAX-FREE.
For more details, please click HERE
October 10th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
Do you care about protecting our native plant habitats from invasive plants? How can you tell which plants are invasive? Do you want to know how you can help? First step is to come to the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference on November 8th.
The GA-EPPC, Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, is having its Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, November 8th, 2012, from 9am to 4pm. The conference will be held at Stuckey Conference Center, UGA 1109 Experiment Street Griffin, Georgia.
GA-EPPC’s goals are to focus attention on the adverse effects invasive plants have on the diversity of Georgia’s native plants and animals; the use of invasive plant management to prevent habitat loss; the socioeconomic impacts of these plants; changes in the seriousness of the different invasive plants over time and the need to exchange information to help land owners and managers set priorities for invasive plant management.
For more information please visit http://www.gaeppc.org/
September 24th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
We need YOUR input. The UGA Horticulture Department and Center for Applied Nursery Research ask you to take 2 minutes or less and fill out a 4 question – one page survey on your most pressing industry needs pertaining to research. This is your opportunity to let us know what you need – so do not be shy!
September 24th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
Allen D. Owings, Regina P. Bracy and Roger Rosendale
The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station evaluates approximately 300-350 cool-season bedding plants in landscape settings each year from October through May.
Of the annual flowers for the cool season of the year, most people are familiar with pansies, snapdragons, petunias, garden mums and older varieties of dianthus. But there are many more.
To read the entire article, click here.
August 31st, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
This year, the 2012 Coastal Green will be held at the Coastal Gardens & Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia on September 28, 2012. Registration is $50 per person until September 19 and $65 per person after September 19; registration includes breakfast, snacks, and lunch. To register, please visit this website. The agenda and driving directions for
Coastal Green details are below.
8:15 – 8:45 AM Registration
8:45 – 9:00 AM Welcome – GGIA Chapter 4 Leadership
9:00 – 10:00 AM Hot New Annuals and Perennials for the Landscape – Bodie Pennisi
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Non-Native Invasive Pests of Georgia – Mark Raines
11:15 – 12:15 PM Biological Control of Pests in the Landscape – Kris Braman
12:15 – 12:45 PM Lunch (included with registration fee)
12:45 – 1:45 PM Best Shrubs and Woodies for the Coast – Matthew Chappell
1:45 – 2:45 PM On-Site Consulting: A New Business Opportunity – Don Gardner
2:45 – 3:45 PM Pre-emergent and Post-Emergent Use, Safety, and New Products for the Landscape – Mark Czarnota,
3:45 – 4:30 PM Enjoy fellowship and networking.
August 25th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
August 5 & 6, 2013 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337
The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day Horticultural Research Conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research.
Who Can Participate?
Top researchers and educational leaders from leading universities will present their newest discoveries relative to horticulture. While most contributors are from the SNA region, all researchers, growers and allied industry members who have new knowledge to share are encouraged to participate. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories will be presented. Presentations are approximately seven minutes each and are concise and easy to understand. The conference format allows you to sit in on all or only those topics of interest to you.
The SNA Research Conference is sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Inc., Lancaster Farms, Inc., and Haviland Plastic Products Co.
Make plans to attend this informative conference today!
Presentations will be made in the following categories:
- Container Grown Plant Production
- Field Production
- Economics & Marketing
- Engineering, Structures & Innovations
- Growth Regulators
- Pathology & Nematology
- Plant Breeding & Evaluation
- Plant Propagation
- Water Management
- Weed Control
August 24th, 2012 by Matthew Chappell
JACKSON, Tenn. – For landscapers, growers or retailers who wish to stay current on best management practices for turf and landscape, UT Extension is hosting a field day for you.
The 2012 Landscape Review will take place on Tuesday, September 11, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee. The Landscape Review will feature walking tours of the UT Gardens Jackson, an overview of plant trials used to evaluate better plants for Tennessee landscapes and updates on current pest, disease and weed control methods. A complete breakdown of the sessions is as follows:
• 9 a.m. – Using Turfgrass Weeds, Insects and Diseases as Indicators
• 10 a.m. – Walking Tour I: Tough Pest Resistant Plants
• 11 a.m. – Update on Ornamental Plant Disease and Recommended Control
• Noon – Lunch (on your own)
• 1:15 p.m. – Walking Tour II: Tough Pest Resistant Plants
• 2:15 p.m. – Update on Ornamental Plant Pests and Recommended Control
This program will provide five pesticide recertification points in C3, C10 and C12. Points will be awarded at each session.
Admission is $10. For more information, including directions to the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, go to http://west.tennessee.edu.
While Landscape Review is designed to be an information field day for those in the horticulture industry, interested gardeners are also welcome to attend.
UT Extension operates in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties as the off-campus division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. An educational and outreach organization funded by federal, state and local governments, UT Extension, in cooperation with Tennessee State University, brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.