Feb. 21, 2017, Victor, NY – MilStop® has been approved for use in Canada on greenhouse and field strawberries, as well as artichokes.The PMRA approved the User Requested Minor Use Label Expansion (URMULE) in early February and an updated label is available on the PMRA web site.MilStop is an OMRI Listed contact foliar biofungicide from BioWorks for the control/suppression of powdery mildew. It fully dissolves in water, leaves no residue and dries quickly with a four-hour REI.“MilStop is an important tool for many of our growers in Canada,” said Joe Gionta, director of marketing and sales. “This label expansion is critical for growers who use biopesticides to fight resistance and reduce chemical use. New customers can now discover what existing customers already know, that MilStop is an excellent choice for disease control.” ABOUT BIOWORKS BioWorks provides reliable, environmentally responsible, personalized solutions to growers, farmers and superintendents who manage plant/turf diseases, pests, nutrition and health. For more than 20 years BioWorks has been helping our customers in the horticulture, agriculture and turf markets develop effective and efficient custom programs using products that are safe and proven. We are continuously reinventing the way our customers work by providing biologically based, integrated, safe solutions and programs. BioWorks is a founding member of the BioPesticide Industry Alliance and also a proud sponsor of the AFE scholarship program, funding the ‘BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship’. For more information, please visit www.bioworksinc.com.
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Feb. 15, 2017 – Stärke Material Handling Group has introduced its Continuous Stability System as a standard feature across its LiftMaxx line of industrial lift equipment.
Jan. 23, 2017 – Rittenhouse introduces the PotWheelz pot truck. Specifically designed for large containers (up to 21 inches in diameter) and smaller rootballs, the PotWheelz can handle loads up to 400 lbs.
January 2017 – Striking foliage with large double blooms of cherry pink make Geranium ‘Brocade Cherry Night,’ from Dummen Orange, an All-America Selections winner this year.
Dec. 12, 2016, Kent, Ohio – Oasis® Grower Solutions has a new portfolio of technologies that support the plant along its lifecycle to ensure stronger, healthier outcomes.
December 2016 – Available exclusively from Emerald Coast Growers, Calamagrostis ‘Hello Spring!’™ offers a cheery greeting with its beautiful variegated form.
December 2016 – Miscanthus Scout™ (‘M77’) PPAF presented by Emerald Coast Growers salutes gardens with slender green blades and white midribs that take on spectacular fall colour.
December 2016 – Stokesia ‘Blue Frills’ (USPPAF) features loads of 2.5-3” free-flowering, electric violet blue blooms. The vase-shaped flower canopy is fuller than ‘Peachie’s Pick,’ with great flower display above the foliage.
December 2016 – A contemporary take on a popular classic, Coleus ‘Main Street Michigan Avenue’ from Dümmen Orange will hold its colour even under high light conditions.
December 2016 – Glamorous is the perfect way to describe this new beauty. Its fuchsia pink blooms provide gorgeous colour as early as Week 7, continuing into fall without deadheading.
December 2016 – Meet your new go-to plant for designer combinations.
Jan. 25, 2017, Lynden, Ont. – Greenbelt Microgreens is modernizing a new 3.5-acre greenhouse facility with state-of-the-art technology, assisted with funding of up to $640,585 from the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program.
February 2017 – I don’t very often check out the business section of the BBC News page, but a recent headline caught my eye. “In the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fleets of co-operating autonomous machines by land and air.”1
February 2017 – Growing vegetables in winter using supplemental lights is on the increase in Canada. Alberta currently has over 30 acres under lights for winter production of cucumbers and some tomatoes. Growers are experimenting with peppers as well.
February 2017 – It’s not a question of “if” you’ll automate more of your crop production processes. It’s only a question of “when.”
Jan. 15, 2017, East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University researchers and AmericanHort have teamed up to offer a one-day, face-to-face program to help growers learn the latest advancements, advantages, and insider tips on…
January 2017 – As one of several plant specialists on the Philips Lighting horticulture global team, I regularly talk with growers abfout the benefits of using LEDs in their greenhouses. Often growers comment to me that LEDs are too expensive or that the technology is too new or that LEDs haven’t been proven to work.
January 2017 – All greenhouses use energy, regardless of size. Whether one acre or 15, heating in winter and cooling/ventilation in summer are critical to maintain the optimal internal climate.
January 2017 – Three of the four largest greenhouse regions of Canada are facing a similar hurdle. This challenge is politically created, and will require political solutions.
DECEMBER 2016 – Cold climate, economic downturn, empty buildings and warehouses have always spurred interest in indoor horticulture. Various terms have been used, such as indoor farming, vertical farming, container growing, vertical walls, and many others.
DECEMBER 2016 – In recent times, sewage heat recovery has emerged as one of the most ingenious methods of obtaining energy from an alternate resource. The central idea revolves around using the energy from the hot water leaving the building to reheat the cold water entering it.
Nov. 9, 2016, Brampton, Ont. – Modular Farms Inc., a Canadian start-up founded in 2015, has developed its first modular farm unit.
Nov. 3, 2016, Emeryville, CA – LumiGrow Research, the research division of horticultural LED lighting manufacturer LumiGrow, Inc., released four new scientific posters that show how light spectra can influence plant characteristics and commercial production.
August 2016, St. Catharines, Ont. – Dr. Michael Brownbridge is the research director in Horticultural Production Systems at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. He was a featured speaker at Grower Day 2016, discussing the various resources in the growers' IPM toolkit.
August 2016, St. Catharines, Ont. – Bill MacDonald is a full-time professor in the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies at Niagara College. He was a featured presenter at Grower Day 2016. He discussed the effectiveness of biostimulants with greenhouse crops, offering a timely update on these new crop management tools.
Feb. 23, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – A high-tech form of insect birth control connected to nuclear power could solve a devastating pest problem for Ontario farmers, says a University of Guelph researcher.
Jan. 26, 2017, Kingsville, Ont. – Kam’s Growers Supply Inc. has expanded with a distribution centre now operating in Kingsville.
Jan. 23, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – The Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Funding Assistance Program for producers is moving into the final year of its funding framework.
February 2017 – During early season, greenhouse crops are often considered as simple ecosystems with low biodiversity. Particularly, crops in modern greenhouses appear sterile compared to outdoor crops and this is because plants are grown on hydroponic systems in a closed environment.
February 2017 – A major conference on the use of biological control in greenhouses is coming to Niagara in June.
Dec. 22, 2016, Cambridge, U.K. – Plant scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) alters gene expression in the tomato plants it infects, causing changes to airborne chemicals – the scent – emitted by the plants.
Dec. 14, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Belchim Crop Protection NV of Belgium is the new majority shareholder in Engage Agro Corporation, based in Ontario.
January 2017 – “The fact is that if we don’t learn how to recycle nutrients and water, we are doomed. We will start dying off from hunger. This is just one approach to prolong our existence on this planet.”
January 2017 – Since most farmers start the growing season in December and January, the space at propagators is limited. Up to 48 heads per square metre spacing is not an exception. This results, in most cases, in a vegetative plant with a few tiny hairy roots.
Nov. 9, 2016, Davis, CA – BioConsortia, Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and crop yield improvement, announced that it has raised this year a total of $12 million for future growth.
Feb. 9, 2017, Vancouver – Village Farms International Inc. has been named to the 2017 OTCQX® Best 50, a ranking of top performing companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market last year.
Feb. 9, 2017, Toronto – Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your lover, family or friend just how special they are.
Jan. 19, 2017, Jordan, Ont. – John Valk has added another accolade to his already highly distinguished career in greenhouse horticulture.
Jan. 18, 2017, Jordan, Ont. – A long-time volunteer has received this year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award from Flowers Canada Ontario.
February 2017 – Growing exotic produce in greenhouses has been known since the 18th century, but growers attending the Pacific Agriculture Show (PAS) in Abbotsford, British Columbia, were told not to discount their commercial potential.
February 2017 – The Nannup Flower and Garden Festival is held every year in the southwest of Australia during the third week of August. Last year was the first year that the festival introduced show gardens constructed by both local organizations and landscape designers to provide the consumer with new ideas and solutions.
Jan. 17, 2017, Ottawa – New research suggests that Canada’s horticulture industries are at risk of becoming increasingly vulnerable to potential labour fluctuations as their dependence on foreign labour sources rises rapidly.
Jan. 16, 2017, Grimsby, Ont. – The 2017 Research Conference of Flowers Canada Ontario and the Cecil Delworth Foundation will focus on Best Management Practices in the areas of greenhouse water management, floriculture fertility, LED lighting and pest management.
Jan. 12, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – As temperatures lower and nights get longer, there is nothing like a beautiful blooming plant to brighten the home.
Jan. 1, 2017, Toronto – The first garden centre in Red Deer, Alberta, Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre is one of two winners of the 2016 Retailer of Distinction Award from the Canadian Gift Association (CanGift).
Dec. 21, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Labour shortages are the next growth-limiting factor on Canadian farms.
Dec. 15, 2016, Ottawa – Changes have been introduced to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for workers, for employers and the Canadian economy.The measures were introduced earlier this week by John McCallum, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, and the MaryAnn Mihychuk, minister of employment, workforce development and labour.
Nov. 25, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Affordable energy is a serious issue in Ontario. Rural Ontario is the hardest hit by energy inflation with most businesses, residents and farms relying on electricity, propane or heating oil to support their way of life.
Nov. 7, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – The need for natural gas across rural Ontario is a top priority for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and rural municipalities.
November 2016 – Greenhouses provide vegetable and flower growers with the ability to control all the inputs needed to yield healthy, plentiful crops. In a greenhouse, growers can tailor the amount of light, CO2, moisture, heat and cold, and other variables in order to improve both the quality and quantity of their production.
June 2016 – If it’s true that each food unit we consume now takes about 10 units of carbon energy to produce, then perhaps the food system is broken. Surely it does not make sense to use more energy to produce something than we can get back out of it in useful food energy. What options do we have?
June 2016 – In our August edition last year we presented an overview of a few of the new alternative energy projects across the country. This year, we have more exciting news to share, along with some recent updates.
Oct. 1, 2015, Moberly Lake, B.C. – The Saulteau First Nations are replacing a plant nursery’s propane heating with a biomass heating system, with funding support of $150,000 from B.C.’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.
June 23, 2015, Windsor — Greenhouse operators in the Windsor-Essex Region will reduce their electricity costs and expand their production by taking advantage of electricity programs offered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
Juned 2015 – This month we carry on the theme looking at alternative energy options, now considering potential “free” energy opportunities.
June 2015 – Natural gas prices may have dipped the past few years, but there’s still considerable interest in biomass heating.
June 2015 – Year-round vegetable production capability may well be just around the corner. Once accomplished, it will be a major assist for growers seeking to tap into new markets.
May 7, 2015, Montreal – The national research network BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) has just released $8.5 million in funding for research and commercialization of advanced biofuels, which are produced from non-food materials – primarily waste.
April 26, 2015, Leamington, Ont. – Ontario’s 2015 budget included some good news for Ontario’s greenhouse sector.
Feb. 22, 2017, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has completed an intensive process of sourcing a diverse genetic seed bank and legally importing it into Canada.
Feb. 17, 2017 – Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is launching its annual “Always in Season” winter cucumber program today.
Jan. 24, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Aphria Inc. is proceeding with a $137 million capital project, known internally as Part Four expansion.
February 2017 – In a similar article last year, a number of visitors’ favourites from an open house at the container trials at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) were presented.
February 2017 – Ontario growers who thought 2015 was a good year for the crop had a very pleasant surprise last fall, thanks to perfect weather conditions, excellent cuttings and minimal pest pressures. Retailers, too, were in a most festive mood.
Jan. 3, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – As a leader in Canada's medical cannabis industry, Canopy Growth Corporation wishes to offer the following commentary on the events of late 2016.
Dec. 20, 2016 – The Canadian government has released the November 2016 report that was filed in Ottawa by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation. This report contains the findings and official recommendations of the task force for establishing legal cannabis across Canada.
Dec. 19, 2016, Leamington, Ont. – Brothers Duffy and Jordan Kniaziew along with head grower Steve Stasko of Orangeline FarmsTM/Zing! Healthy FoodsTM have been awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for their strawberries.
Dec. 15, 2016, Saint-Felicien, Que. – Toundra Greenhouse management, accompanied by the premier of Quebec and several officials and partners, officially opened the greenhouse complex destined to become the largest in Quebec.
Dec. 14, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – There are many positives for the horticulture industry in the recently released federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation report, according to one industry leader.
DECEMBER 2016 – A decade ago the last thing you would want to hear is that your business has gone to pot! But that was then and this is now; it’s an old idiom worthy of a new definition.
DECEMBER 2016 – It seems like just yesterday, but it was back in 2001 that the federal government passed the “Marijuana Medical Access Regulations” (MMAR). This law allowed patients, with their doctors’ support, to apply directly to Health Canada to grow their own cannabis.
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