- Business Controller - Finance, Chile or Mexico
- Sales Representatives - Southern USA
- Lead Grower - Stevensburg (VA) USA
- Assistant Crop Manager - Tasmania
- Post-Harvest Quality Manager - Europe
- Farm Operator - Kearny (NJ) USA
- Cultivation Manager - MI, USA
- Export Sales Manager (Europe Division)
- Africa Fruit Export Sales Manager
- Grower (TX)
Top 5 -yesterday
- California Summer Trials 2021 in full swing
- US: Will consumers continue buying flowers and plants in 2021?
- Cocaine trafficking through Dutch flower auction; Criminal gang busted
- Sweden: “It is a challenge to get chrysanthemums for Midsummer celebrations”
- Watch the new corporate film from Beekenkamp Group
Top 5 -last week
- Benary expands its Chinese activities
- “New Bulb Planting Systems sold out in NL, already interest from other countries”
- “The first system that can measure photosynthesis without damaging the plant”
- Impression WF&FSA's 2021 Floral Distribution Conference
- "Matthiola trials show a breeding breakthrough"
Top 5 -last month
- Schneider welcomes two new members to the team
- Creekside Greenhouses joins forces with Bloomchampion International for new Hydrangea genetics
- NL: 300 kilos of cocaine in a flower shipment from Quito
- Innovative vacuum container slows down aging of flowers, provides new shipping opportunities
- Photo Report: Breeders opening their doors
Puerto Rico: Vista Farms comes back strong after devastating hurricane
Jerome O'Neill at the IPM Essen 2018 in Germany
According to O'Neill, the actual damage to the farm was limited, but the main challenge was the aftermath of the strong winds. "At many farms in the area, the greenhouses were pulled out the ground. Fortunately, ours were not damaged as we could put the plastic down on time. Also the inventory was not damaged, which enabled us to ship out the young plants two weeks after the hurricane. The main issue, however, was to get the production of the cuttings back on track. 10 acres of stock was damaged by the strong winds and was defoliated. “We had to prune all of the defoliated branches and wait for them to grow back. It took about 6 to 8 weeks to get new cuttings and this resulted in an inventory loss of 1 million."
Stock defoliated after the devastating visit of hurricane Maria
However and fortunately, they were back on track quite fast. "It took some time to get the cuttings, but after we managed to foliate the stock again, we were completely back in business." And business seems to go well. They sell to five continents directly and through brokers and according to O'Neill, the sales - particularly in Europe - are increasing.
Vista Farms in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, back in business again
What else did the hurricane bring? A name for one of their new Ixora varieties! "During the time of the hurricane, we were in the process of naming a new white Ixora variety. After the hurricane, we decided to name it Maria."
California Spring Trials
Like previous years, Jerome O'Neill we be present at the California Spring Trials with a booth at the Pacific Plug and Liner location in Watsonville, CA. To make reservations please click here.
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