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STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros is a podcast created specifically for commercial greenhouse growers, horticulture professionals and the customers they supply – including but not limited to retail garden centers, nurseries and landscape professionals. Hosted by Ball Seed’s Bill Calkins, each episode will feature a guest sharing timely and relevant horticulture ideas, innovations and technology, as well as current greenhouse industry topics and news – practical information for greenhouse professionals.

STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros is a podcast created specifically for commercial greenhouse growers, horticulture professionals and the customers they supply – including but not limited to retail garden centers, nurseries and landscape professionals. Hosted by Ball Seed’s Bill Calkins, each episode will feature a guest sharing timely and relevant horticulture ideas, innovations and technology, as well as current greenhouse industry topics and news – practical information for greenhouse professionals.
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STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros is a podcast created specifically for commercial greenhouse growers, horticulture professionals and the customers they supply – including but not limited to retail garden centers, nurseries and landscape professionals. Hosted by Ball Seed’s Bill Calkins, each episode will feature a guest sharing timely and relevant horticulture ideas, innovations and technology, as well as current greenhouse industry topics and news – practical information for greenhouse professionals.

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Episodes

Consumer Insights from GrowIt!

3/13/2019
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Interview starts at 5:30 - The last time we heard from GrowIt! cofounder Mason Day he was accompanied by the other founder Seth Reed. This time, he’s joining us because he’s the data guy at GrowIt! and they have some fascinating data to share – or Insights as we will call the info this episode. Get ready to learn some of the favorite plants and current trends gleaned from hundreds of thousands of users and millions of data points. Also, this will be the very first time GrowIt! goes into...

Duration:00:50:45

Today’s Male Shopper

2/28/2019
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Show starts at 4:23 - This episode is going to be a solocast – meaning it’ll be me the entire time with no guest. Generally, this podcast stems from my role as Product Marketing Manager for Ball Seed – where I work with many of the business units and breeding companies at Ball to position and promote products and programs available from our distribution team. The podcast is often a way to transfer technical information from our experts to you through the audio podcast platform. But here and...

Duration:00:38:09

Battling Disease with Beacon Impatiens

2/15/2019
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Interview starts at 5:38 - Our guest today is Lisa Lacy and she is going to tell us all about a game changing new product that has the opportunity to impact every one of us in horticulture, as well as everyone who gardens and enjoys landscapes. You may have heard clips and stories and seen press releases about cutting edge new impatiens with resistance to the Impatiens Downy Mildew disease that has decimated one of the world’s most important bedding plants – Impatiens walleriana. Well, Lisa...

Duration:00:48:57

Starting Strong with Vegetative Production

1/31/2019
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Our guest this episode is Dr. Todd Cavins. Todd is one of our technical services experts at Ball Seed and has been helping professional growers solve greenhouse production challenges for more than ten years in the field and before that was a professor at Oklahoma State University. He was actually my second guest on STEM almost a year ago and shared tons of tips and advice for getting off to a great start with plugs and seed raised young plants. If you missed the episode or hadn’t started...

Duration:00:39:15

Creating Your Trial Plan

1/14/2019
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Our guest today is Jason Twaddell. Jason was one of the first guests on STEM almost a year ago, episode number 3. And he’s back to tackle a completely different topic this time. Jason is Sales and Marketing Manager with Ball FloraPlant and Selecta One, companies that sit on the cutting edge of new genetics in the vegetative world and also understand the importance of trialing for many reasons we will explore during this episode. Jason will dig into the Why, What and When of trialing in an...

Duration:00:38:57

Tanya Brings the WOW!

12/20/2018
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This is our first Holiday Episode and my guest definitely represents the cheer and energy of the season and just happens to spend a good part of her current role supporting poinsettias, one of our most traditional holiday crops. I’m welcoming Tanya to STEM to talk about the overall retail experience – what garden centers and nurseries AND the growers who supply them can do to inspire the shoppers of today and tomorrow. Tanya brings a ton of energy but more importantly actionable ideas for...

Duration:00:43:49

Watering: The Rest of the Story

12/13/2018
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We are once again joined by Ball Horticultural’s Senior Technical & Research Manager Dr. Will Healy who I referred to in episode 21 as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in all things greenhouse production. Our topic continues… watering and water management. These two episodes work best in tandem so try to listen to part one – The Language of Watering – before jumping into this one. In the first part – which you can find on your favorite podcast player or linked below -...

Duration:00:48:44

The Language of Watering

11/30/2018
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The Language of Watering This episode of STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros addresses one of the most basic tasks in a professional greenhouse, watering. But proving that water management is fundamental and critical, we are joined by Ball Horticultural’s Senior Technical & Research Manager Dr. Will Healy – one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in all things greenhouse production. He’s also a great story teller, which you will learn throughout the episodes. And yes, I did...

Duration:00:52:15

Dr. Marvin Miller Unplugged

11/13/2018
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It’s hard to believe that this is the 20 episode of STEM – Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros. And this time we’re talking to our first returning guest. Ever since the first episode of STEM launched, I’ve thought about more topics to discuss with Marvin, from industry data and research to current product trends and consumer groups. Now, seemed like as good a time as any, with another season of travels under his belt and new industry data and research being released. Dr. Marvin Miller recently...

Duration:01:06:46

Perennial Problem Children

11/1/2018
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Ball Seed recently hosted a meeting of our supplier partners and rooting stations that featured speakers addressing shared production challenges and offering many technical and cultural strategies. One of the top-rated speakers coming out of our post-event survey work was today’s guest. We asked him to join us on STEM to go through some of the concepts he presented at the meeting. We’re excited to be joined this time by Darwin Perennials’ Karl Batschke who’s going to take us through some new...

Duration:00:50:41

Jamie Kitz on Growing & Giving

10/16/2018
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In this episode, we talk with one of my favorite industry people, Sakata Seed America’s Jamie Kitz about a whole range of topics. We start with plants – seed annuals, vegetative annuals, cut flowers and vegetables and then transition to industry support, charitable giving and philanthropy. Throughout we share tons of industry ideas and dig into where Jamie gets her energy and inspiration that’s so infectious. We wrap the episode up talking about the Sakata Gives program and actionable ways...

Duration:00:56:49

Be a Power Supplier

10/1/2018
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Host Bill Calkins takes the mic this episode to address a challenge he keeps running into when he talks to garden center retailers at industry events – an emerging disconnect between the retail experience they are trying to create and the plants and service available from their wholesale grower suppliers.

Duration:00:38:30

Seed Your Future: Join the Movement!

9/14/2018
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Susan Yoder is executive director of Seed Your Future, an organization that’s working hard to engage the next generations of horticulture professionals. In this episode we’ll discuss current programs and future strategies to promote our industry and the passionate people that make it strong and relevant.

Duration:00:43:02

Poinsettia Selection & Production

8/30/2018
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With decades of experience, Gary Vollmer has a passion for poinsettias. Our discussion is equal parts history lesson, poinsettia selection and development insight and hardcore production tips and tricks. You’re going to love it!

Duration:00:45:31

Grow More & Grow Better with LEDs

8/15/2018
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In this episode we are lucky to be joined by Jason Grimmett, Key Account Manager for Philips Lighting. LED technology is all the talk these days and I know for a fact growers have a lot of questions about this new lighting option.

Duration:00:41:38

Demystifying Perennial Production

8/1/2018
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Perennials experts Leland Toering and Chris Fifo share best practices, tips & tricks, favorite varieties and pitfalls to avoid in this episode completely dedicated to perennials. From reasons behind current market growth and recent breeding breakthroughs to where the perennials industry is heading, these guys cover the market from all angles.

Duration:00:41:51

38 Stolen Retail Ideas

7/16/2018
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Take these 38 Stolen Retail Ideas for what they are – ideas meant to inspire creativity and fresh approaches. We’re entering a new era of retail – driven by an emerging massive customer base! I trust at least one of these ideas (and hopefully more) will resonate with you or your customers. The best way to vet out what will work and what won’t, is to share as many of these ideas as you can with your team and generate discussion. Let me know your thoughts. I’m always happy to talk retail!

Duration:00:23:27

Secrets of a Winning Product Launch

7/2/2018
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The guest for this 11th episode of STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros is Kris Carlsson. Kris has a background is growing at the wholesale level before coming to Ball FloraPlant, working at Chico Propagators in California growing an A to Z assortment annuals, perennials and a full line of flowering foliage for nurseries and wholesale florists.

Duration:00:42:03

Wave: Past, Present & Future

6/13/2018
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Our guest for the tenth episode of STEM is Scott Rusch, the Product Development Director at PanAmerican Seed. Our topic is Wave – a fascinating history lesson, current grower, retailer and consumer solutions and what to expect in the near future from what I consider the top annual product brand in our industry.

Duration:00:49:47

Today’s Vegetable Breeding: Trendy & Delicious

5/30/2018
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We explore the latest vegetable breeding touching on the industry’s top sellers (tomatoes and peppers), current and future direction, the importance of earliness and disease resistance and even dig into the unique needs of home gardeners and fresh market farmers with PanAmerican Seed’s veggie expert, Josh Kirschenbaum.

Duration:00:42:40