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Yellowstone Landscape acquired Native Land Design earlier this year. The move expands Yellowstone’s growth opportunities in Austin, Houston, and McAllen, Texas.

“I met with a lot of great people during the process and Yellowstone stood out,” said Native’s founder, Ben Collinsworth. “We have very similar operations, people, software, processes and priorities. We are all very excited to continue in this journey with Yellowstone and believe we will be able to mutually benefit each other for years to come.”

Native Land Design focuses on commercial properties and was founded in 2001 with current revenue around $15 million and a staff of 250 people.

Late last year, Yellowstone acquired Somerset Landscape & Maintenance, a $30-million company based in Chandler, Arizona. Yellowstone ranked No. 5 on Lawn & Landscape’s Top 100 list with 2018 revenue of $230 million. Yellowstone is based in Palm Beach, Florida, but has multiple locations.

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CHANTILLY, Va. – According to survey results recently released by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), gross sales for concrete paver contractors in the United States and Canada increased by 8 percent during 2018. While experiencing growth, four of every five contractors still reported difficulty in recruiting and hiring quality employees.

The 2019 ICPI Contractor Industry Report tracked business trends from 206 segmental concrete pavement installation contractors. Survey respondents included ICPI members and non-members. Industry Insights of Columbus, Ohio, conducted the survey in February for ICPI.

“Segmental concrete pavement contractors are experiencing significant growth in sales,” said Kendall Anderegg, ICPI Board Chair. “However, this report also confirms an ongoing challenge for our industry: a large shortage of skilled installers. That’s why ICPI has launched a workforce development program to attract more people into the industry and better train existing employees."

Other key findings include:
• The residential market remains strong representing 72.7 percent of sales, while commercial/ government projects comprised 27.3% of sales (a decrease of 3.2% from the previous year).
• 75.6 percent require crew members to review and participate in a formal, documented safety program with notable increases in the use of the Safety Manual template and Safety Meeting outlines available to contractor members from ICPI.

• A 5.4 percent average wage/salary increase occurred in 2018, while a similar 5.2% average rise is forecasted for 2019.

The study includes information on technologies contractors use to monitor and reduce exposure of crews to respirable silica, as well as on company promotion and certification trends. The survey results provide insight into gross sales and number of employees during the construction season. The 66-page report is available for purchase at www.icpi.org/shop.
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The 2019 Farwest Show, scheduled for August 21–23 in Portland, Oregon, will also offer three tours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20.

Every year, Farwest tours explore the dynamic facilities of Portland’s thought leaders in the green industry. This year’s three tracks will look at retail garden centers, sustainable business processes and procedures, and wholesale nursery operations. The Farwest tours are sponsored by The Peters Company of Wilsonville, Oregon.

Participants may choose the particular tour that best suits their interests. The Farwest Show is the gateway to Nursery Country. The tours give industry professionals a valuable opportunity to engage with the best in the industry, gain valuable knowledge and enhance their careers, all at the same time. The cost is $99 per person for those who register before July 31 and $119 per person for those who register August 1 or later, but space is limited. The tours can only accommodate 50 people each. 

Registered attendees will be transported by luxury motor coach and provided with lunch, beverages and snacks. All tours will depart and return from the north entrance of the Oregon Convention Center (N.E. Holladay Street by the light rail line). Personal vehicles are not allowed.

Complete details on the 2019 Farwest Show, the biggest green industry trade show in the West, can be found at farwestshow.com. Visit the website for more information on the tours, as well as show events, daily schedules, speaker biographies, educational seminar descriptions and more.
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According a report by Fortune, Bayer AG will pump about $5.6 billion of its research and development budget into alternatives to its weedkiller glyphosate over the next decade as it battles more than 13,000 lawsuits claiming the herbicide causes cancer.

Trying to ease concerns about the controversial compound, the German chemical and drug company said it will seek more public feedback during the coming safety certification process in Europe. Bayer wants to offer farmers new products to combat weeds while standing behind glyphosate-based Roundup, which it acquired via its $63 billion purchase of Monsanto.

“While glyphosate will continue to play an important role in agriculture and in Bayer’s portfolio, the company is committed to offering more choices for growers,” according to a statement Friday.

Read the full story from Fortune here.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn., – ASV Holdings has received a new order for ASV Posi-Track compact track loaders (CTLs), valued at approximately $5 million.

This order, a follow-on from an initial order for ASV VT-70 machines late last year, is from an industrial equipment rental company with multiple locations and maintains one of the largest industrial equipment rental fleets in North America. Initial deliveries are slated to commence in the second quarter of 2019.

Justin Rupar, vice president of sales and marketing of ASV said, “We are glad to announce this substantial follow-on order from a great client with an extensive footprint in the growing and strategically important rental markets here in North America. We anticipate these machines will be distributed widely across this broad network, providing the unique ASV experience and unrivaled productivity of ASV compact track loaders to more users across North America. We’re looking forward to continuing to serve this customer with an exceptional product, parts and service platform that is synonymous with the ASV brand.”

Lawn & Landscape got a first look at the company's newest CTL offerings at press event in May. 

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Munro, a manufacturer of pumps, pump controls, and pump stations for the turf irrigation market, has acquired FloWater Irrigation.

Engineered specifically for the turf irrigation industry, FloWater’s basket strainer and self-cleaning strainer offerings are a natural fit for Munro’s product line.

“We are excited to be able to expand our offering for the turf irrigation market with these professional-grade products,” said Guy Collins, national sales director for Munro. “Like everything Munro offers, the FloWater line is engineered with the irrigation professional in mind and is built to last.“

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Yara North America introduced YaraVita OptimumTurf, a foliar nutrition line specifically designed for the turf and ornamental industry. YaraVita OptimumTurf includes eight products that each deliver a specific nutrient or nutrient mix for efficiently sustaining turfgrass and plant health; designed for boosting performance, durability, and aesthetics. 

The newest offerings from Yara are fully formulated liquids enhanced with co-formulants for providing turf with efficient forms of nutrients for immediate uptake and utilization.

"Turf managers strive for perfection, and the YaraVita OptimumTurf products allow you to provide exactly what the plant needs with the confidence of knowing the nutrients are quickly absorbed and utilized to ensure high quality results.” said Neil Mayberry, crop manager Turf and Ornamental, Yara North America. "A balanced nutritional program is necessary for increasing a plant’s chances of survival, especially when overcoming common stress factors; this is why turf managers must have a product they can trust and is mixable with a wide range of products, ultimately, making their jobs easier.”


To learn more about the new YaraVita OptimumTurf products visit Yara.us or contact your local Yara representative. 

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Nufarm Americas introduced new Q-Ball herbicide to control crabgrass and other summer weed escapes, including clover, dandelion, dollarweed, foxtail, kikuyugrass, signalgrass, speedwell and torpedo grass.

Q-Ball’s water-based formula delivers stability and tank mixing compatibility with most surfactants and post-emerge herbicides, such as Escalade 2 and Triplet SF. Additionally, Q-Ball works with low volume ride-on sprayers as it is labeled for application down to 10 gallons per acre. A one-use rate controls a broad spectrum of grassy weeds while providing versatility and application value. Learn more at nufarm.com/usturf/q-ball


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MILWAUKEE – New Snapper mowers offer new engine technology from Briggs & Stratton, including Quiet Power Technology for what the company says is a 50 percent quieter operating experience than a traditional gas mower.

“Quiet Power Technology means the ‘go-getter’ can mow their grass at extended times of the day without disturbing neighbors,” said Christin Wam, marketing manager for turf and consumer residential products at Briggs & Stratton. “We are excited to deliver engine technology that allows our customers to focus more on their home’s curb appeal and less on mower maintenance or be concerned with sound.”

New 21-inch Snapper mowers have the following features: a three-in-one multi-mode deck for mulching, bagging or side discharge of lawn clippings; a single lever that achieves seven height-of-cut adjustments for the ideal cut; and a large bagger capable of capturing 2.4 cubic feet (1.9 bushels) to tackle more with less interruption.

The 21-inch Gas Variable Speed Rear Wheel Drive Self-Propelled Lawn Mower with Briggs & Stratton 850 Professional Series Engine featuring InStart and Quiet Power Technology combines professional-grade, durable components like a cast iron cylinder sleeve and dual sealing air filter for a 60 percent longer engine life. The powerful engine is backed by a limited warranty. Additional benefits include:

  • InStart technology. A push of a button activates the lithium-ion battery starting system which then turns the engine on, so there's no more pulling a cord.
  • Rapid charging. A 10-minute charge of InStart’s lithium-ion battery delivers up to 20 starts while a full one-hour charge powers on the engine during a full mowing season.
  • Effortless starting. Backed by Briggs & Stratton’s Starting Promise, which means if the mower doesn’t start within two attempts, Briggs & Stratton will fix it for free.

Snapper’s new mowers are backed by a three-year limited lifetime warranty. Available at Walmart, the 725 EXi Engine Series mowers are now available and the 850 Professional Series mowers will be available late summer 2019. For more information, visit Snapper's website

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SHAWNEE, Kan. – The employee-owners of PBI-Gordon announced last week that Tim Demerath has joined the company as vice president of sales for the company’s Pest Management Business Unit.

In his newly created role at PBI-Gordon, Demerath will oversee the company’s four sales groups to maximize opportunities and grow market share.

Demerath brings more than 15 years of sales experience to his role at PBI-Gordon. He was most recently sales manager for the Western Iowa district of Bayer CropScience, where he led a team of 10 field representatives and posted significant market share increases. Prior to that, he held other sales, marketing and commercial operations positions at Bayer. 

“We are excited Tim Demerath is joining the PBI-Gordon team,” said Neil Cleveland, vice president and general manager of the PBI-Gordon Pest Management Business Unit. “Tim brings deep industry knowledge and a proven track record of sales success. He’ll be an integral part of our leadership team as we expand our product profile and earn market share growth into the future.”

Originally from Nebraska, Demerath holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln – where he also played on the school’s 2001 Rose Bowl football team and earned Big 12 academic honors.

Demerath and his family will be relocating to the Kansas City area in summer 2019.

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