Lettuce & Greens for Southern Growers

Lettuce & Greens for Southern Growers

About Our Presenters
Blake ThaxtonBlake Thaxton is a former Johnny's Commercial Sales Representative for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. First with University Extension, Blake has been working with Southern growers for many years to counteract the heat by providing guideance on variety selection and cultural best practices.
Charlotte McGeeCharlotte McGee is a former Johnny's Commercial Sales Representative for the Southwest as well as Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee. Charlotte's extensive experience includes growing greens in the heat as a former farm manager in Central Texas.
Wes PalmerWesley Palmer is Johnny's Commercial Sales Representative for the Southeastern U.S. and U.S. Island Territories. Having grown up in Georgia, Wes is intimately familiar with the heat-associated challenges that southern growers face, and years of farming in the Virgin Islands have added to his experience with heat tolerance in vegetable production.
Q&A Panel Guests
Daniel YoderDaniel Yoder is a Vegetables Product Technician on Johnny's Research Team. Daniel coordinates the annual lettuce trials at Johnny’s Research Farm in Maine, collects data and analyzes results, and is also involved in product development and education.
Rachel KatzRachel Katz is also a Vegetables Product Technician on Johnny's Research Team. In addition to coordinating the annual baby leaf and greens trials at Johnny's Research Farm with Product Manager Brenna Chase, Rachel collects data and analyzes results to help inform variety selections, product development, and education.

Welcome to Learning Resources for our Lettuce & Specialty Greens Webinar for Southern Growers, a set of materials from the webinar plus additional resources on this topic from Johnny's Research & Trialing team.

OVERVIEW: Growing lettuce and greens in high heat is not easy. Join Johnny's Commercial Sales Representatives for Southern growers as they share solutions for heat-related issues, addressing common problems, diverse production systems, and useful tools and supplies.

The team also provides details on lettuce and specialty greens varieties that are well-adapted and proven performers in high-heat settings.

Get grower insights on successful production from individual farmers growing these crops in Southern regions, as well as findings from a recent University of Georgia lettuce trial.

  • Bad Goat Greens (Wetumpka, AL)
  • Hearts of Harvest (Athens, GA)
  • Heifer Ranch USA (Perryville, AR)
  • Rose Creek Farms (Selmer, TN)

Following the presentation, Vegetable Product Techs Daniel Yoder and Rachel Katz join the Southern Territory Reps to take questions and discuss options and practices that can be useful when conditions get torrid or sultry!

The entire presentation runs approximately 1 hour, followed by the Q&A session.

Lettuce & Greens for Southern Growers • Webinar Resources

Lettuce & Greens for Southern Growers • VIDEO
Here is a video of the webinar presentation and Q&A session. The full video runs approximately 1½ hour. Watch…
Lettuce & Greens for Southern Growers Webinar Recap / Slideshow • 53-pp PDF
A downloadable, 53-pp printable recap of the Lettuce & Greens for Southern Growers Webinar. View…

Additional Learning Resources

Beat the Heat • Part 1 • Cultural Practices to Get Your Crops Through the Summer Heat
Basic cultural practices to follow for growing success through the summer heat, from germination, cultivation, and irrigation to harvest and post-harvest, from the research and trialing team at Johnny's Selected Seeds. Read More…
Beat the Heat • Part 2 • Getting Your Cool-Weather-Loving Crops Through Summer's Heat
Key recommendations for heat-tolerant, cool-weather varieties, and cool-weather-loving crops successfully through summer's heat, from Johnny's Research and Trialing Team. Read More…
Cooling & Storing Chart for Freshly-Harvested Summer Produce
Use this chart to find the optimal post-harvest cooling method, temperature, humidity, and potential shelf life for summer-harvest, fresh-market crops. Read More…
Heat & Drought: How Flower Farmers Are Adapting to Changing & Challenging Climatic Conditions
Learn how 5 flower farmers from across the US are successfully adapting to heat, drought, and the extreme weather events of a changing climate. Read More…