Here at Rush Creek Growers, Inc. our mission is to grow a wide variety of great plants for the wholesale trade in the upper-Midwest. We are committed to the unusual. Great customer service including pre-booking of orders for future delivery, custom growing, weekly availability updates and a collaborative relationship with our customers is a priority. We've been in business since 1995 here in the lovely Rush River valley of west central Wisconsin. We value the creation of a good workplace for ourselves and our plant-savvy crew. Rush Creek Growers Inc. was started by Suzanne Baker and Vicky Weis.
Growing Methods for 2020
As I write this, there is major cleaning going on! We start each season with greenhouses that have been swept, blown, power washed sprinkled with hydrogen dioxide granules and frozen to eliminate insects, algae and weeds! All the irrigation lines are treated with acid and hydrogen dioxide to rid them of minerals and biofilms that accumulate due to our use of living fertilizer.
Focuses for this coming season will be to prevent broad mites and downy mildew issues. Broad mites have really gained a foothold in our industry and are so confounding because you can’t see them. You can only see their damage after it is too late to prevent an outbreak. Fortunately there are beneficial mites to keep them at bay if we can apply them at the right moment.
We faced a terrible outbreak of Downy Mildew on Basil this past spring. It must have been introduced on some Basil seed. You’ll notice a change in the varieties that we offer this year. We feel so fortunate to have a seed house that will steam treat all of our Basil seed for us this year. We’ll also rely more heavily on the Basil varieties that have been bred to be resistant by Rutgers University. We certainly gave them a great test this past spring and they thrived.
Thanks for your continued support,
Here's a summary of the products that may be used on our plants.
Greenshield: Used to wash used plug trays
GreenClean Pro: Wash all greenhouse surfaces-OMRI
GreenClean Acid Cleaner: flush all irrigation lines and hoses
Sanidate 5.0: flush all irrigation lines and hoses-OMRI
Zerotol: treat algae problems
Preventatives for diseases and insects
TeNet: applied to all plants to prevent diseases-OMRI-beneficial fungi
Actinovate: applied to all plants to prevent diseases-OMRI-beneficial fungi
MycoApply: Endomycorrhizal fungi applied to all plants-OMRI
Steinernema feltiae: nematode that feeds on fungus gnats and thrip larvae-applied to all plants
Steinernema carpcapsae: nematode that feeds on shore flies-applied to all plants
Amblyseius cucumeris: mite that controls thrips
Amblyseius swirskii: mite that controls broad mites, spider mites, whiteflies
Phytoseiulus persimilis: mite that controls spider mites
Orius insidiosus: bug that eats adult thrips
Amblyseius fallacis: mite that controls broad mites and spider mites
Natures Source 10-4-3: fertilizer for all crops
Chemicals used when needed
NoFly: fungus that attacks insects-OMRI
BioCeres: fungus that attacks insects-OMRI
Azaguard: insect growth regulator-OMRI
Cease: microbe that kills fungi, bacteria including molds and mildews-OMRI
Milstop: potassium carbonate kills and prevents fungi-OMRI