Newsletters   >>   January 2015 Newsletter (vol.37)



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2015 Spring Bulb List coming soon!



January 7th-9th
Illinois Specialty Crops Conference

January 8th-10th
Great Plains Growers Conference

January 27th-28th
Gateway Green Trade Show
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January 29th-30th
Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Annual Conference

February 2nd-4th
Wheatbelt Show
See us in booths 1413 & 1415


The tradition of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square was first started in 1907 and has continued there, except for in 1942 and 1943. The ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.

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Sodding a Seeded Variety


Written by: Stacie Zinn Roberts
Taken from the October 2014 edition of SportsTurf

It’s late November 2013 in Fort Morgan, CO and the crew at Graff’s Turf Farms stands in a field of HGT Bluegrass waiting for the frost to melt away from the tips of the grass blades. Once the shiny layer of white frost, the telltale signs of morning cold, have disappeared, the crew jumps on their harvester to peel ¾-inch of sod and soil from the sandy surface of the farm field. The 4-foot-wide strip of turf runs up a conveyor belt and rolls around and around and around, until a 75-foot-long strip of sod is tightly wound into what is known in the sod production industry as a big roll.

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Seed Germinating


Growing your own transplants from seeds indoors can give you a head start on the growing season. Seeds remain dormant or inactive until conditions are right for germination. All seeds need water, oxygen and proper temperature in order to germinate. Light can also be a factor, some seeds germinate better in full light while others require darkness.

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Seed of the Month

Carrot "Solar Yellow"


Yellow carrots are nothing new, they were recorded as being cultivated by the 14th century in southern Europe. “Solar Yellow” is helping restore the wide variety of colors that were present before the 16th Century. While the sunny yellow color is attractive, the sweet flavor and juicy crispness of this carrot is its real selling point. It not only tastes good, but the Xanthophylls that give these carrots their yellow color is reported to be associated with good eye health. The butter-yellow roots are Danvers shaped and are about 6-7" in length and are broad at the top and middle and tapers to a small point at the very bottom. A sturdy, main crop variety that is suitable for sowing in March to early July, it matures in 65 to 70 days. Get your “Solar Yellow” today while supplies last.




Carrot "Solar Yellow"– 72-4474 (page 19)


Check out this variety in our 2015 Seed Catalog