Hort Morsels - Bits and Pieces - Hort Snacks - February 2017

  Hort Snacks - February 2017
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Featured APP

PlantCalc – a calculator that estimates the amount of plant nutrients removed by various crops – by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)

Elm Pruning Ban in Alberta

  • Pruning and sanitation is an essential part of Dutch Elm Disease prevention
  • Pruning of elm trees is legal in Alberta from October 1 to March 31
  • The disease vectors (European elm bark beetles) are not active between these dates
  • Proper pruning is very important – consult a professional arborist to determine the nature and extent of pruning required

Industry Input Requested
  • CHC Survey on Neonic Use – Deadline February 6, 2017 – Links to each commodity’s online survey

Q and A

Q: What criteria do you use when selecting new equipment?

A: In today's world my first consideration is the cost. Can I afford it? But a close second for me is “Can I maintain it myself and are replacements parts easy and affordable to get?” I think I'm skilled enough to do most basic repairs and maintenance, but if even those are so complicated or advanced that I have to hire a pro or send my equipment away to do those basic things, I'm losing time and money.

A: Quality, versatility

Next Month’s ? What process or steps do you follow to prepare your operation for the "spring rush"?

Google Groups – Hort Snacks Forum

Google has all sorts of different features and tools. One that I ran across a couple of years ago is Google Groups. You can essentially create and join common interest groups or discussion forums and share information and ideas back and forth. You can alter the settings to get forum updates all the time, daily, weekly or whatever.

A couple of years ago, we created a HortSnacks Forum, tied to this newsletter. Anyone can submit posts (questions, comments, etc.) via Google or via email. To submit a question (or post), either log into the group using a Google account or simply send an email to hortsnacks-forum@googlegroups.com and it’ll send it to all members. You can reply from email or from Google.

To subscribe to the group, send an email from your email account to subscribe+hortsnacks-forum@googlegroups.com
Try it out today!

In the News
Mental Snacktime – Investigation

“Uncertainty is a very good thing: it's the beginning of an investigation, and the investigation should never end.”
– Tim Crouch

“Investigation may be likened to the long months of pregnancy, and solving a problem to the day of birth. To investigate a problem is, indeed, to solve it.” – Mao Zedong

“We live in an age of universal investigation, and of exploration of the sources of all movements.” – Alfred de Vigny

“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.” – Neil Armstrong

“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.” – Marcus Aurelius
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This information published to the web on January 31, 2017.