The COVID-19 pandemic has upended business-to-business relationships and the entire retail marketplace for the green industry. From navigating social distancing requirements on the worksite to offering services to quarantined customers, nurseries and greenhouses explain how they are doing their best in this issue. Plus, researchers describe how mycorrhizae amendments add to plant efficiency, and scientists at Oregon State University look into a new breed of Norway maples.
In this issue:
- Nurseries problem solve a pandemic: Growers are trying to keep their employees safe while staying in operation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Up and running — online: For retailers, an unfortunate pandemic accelerates the trend towards online ordering.
- A helper for plant roots: Mycorrhizae use in nursery and greenhouse production can enhance nutrient absorption and plant growth.
- Plants for a better planet: Great Plant Picks program highlights selections that perform consistently in — and are beneficial to — ecosystems.
- Into the unknown: President’s Message by Jimm Simnitt
- We have your back: Director’s Desk by Jeff Stone
- The first employee people see: Pivot Points by Shelly Weasel
Growing Knowledge an ongoing series provided by Oregon State University in collaboration with the USDA and in partnership with OAN.
- A new breed of Norway pines: An update on efforts to grow sterile cultivars of this important shade tree for Oregon growers.
Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org.