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Ontario to make it easier to dispose of nutrient feedwater

Ontario to make it easier to dispose of nutrient feedwater

Dec. 17, 2014, Toronto — Ontario is making it easier for greenhouse growers to comply with regulation regarding the disposal of greenhouse nutrient feedwater by streamlining environmental compliance that will benefit farmers and enhance protection of the environment.

Need help selecting next year’s garden winners?

Need help selecting next year’s garden winners?

Dec. 11, 2014, Downers Grove, IL — Want help picking next year’s garden winners? The National Plant Trials Database has over 15,000 plant ratings for the horticulture industry’s use in planning for 2015.

Ontario’s 'Buy Local' push includes flowers

Ontario’s 'Buy Local' push includes flowers

Dec. 10, 2014, Toronto — With the holiday season upon us, now is the perfect time to explore the many ways that locally-grown and produced food, beverages and flowers can be included in your holiday celebrations.

Oct. 22, 2014 — Van Wingerden International started working with Biobest and biocontrol 15 years ago. Sam Newsome a grower at VWI is very familiar with the full array of biocontrol tools, including beneficial insects and mites, bio-insecticides, banker plants, etc.
October 2014 — Van Wingerden International started working with Biobest and biocontrol 15 years ago. Sam Newsome a grower at VWI is very familiar with the full array of biocontrol tools, including beneficial insects and mites, bio-insecticides, banker plants, etc.
September 2014 — The newest creation from PlaceTile designs is a beautiful green colour, made to resemble a gingko leaf.
September 2014 — The orchid garden combo arrangement from Sun Bulb Company is designed to instantly brighten any space.
September 2014 — The Garden365 Hanging Garden offers an easy vertical gardening solution for just about any space.
September 2014 — Mastronardi Produce has debuted its all-new packaging system: the Eco Flavour Bowl™.
Aug. 29, 2014, Beamsville, Ont. — One of the latest innovations in the horticultural sector has been developed by FormFlex/Metazet. 

Aug. 26, 2014 — Garden Decor Accents' new Charming Squirrel Bird Feeder mounts easily to any wooden surface.
Aug. 15, 2014 — Epicor has introduced a redesigned version of its popular retail business management software.
Aug. 15, 2014, Millgrove, Ont. — Nestled on 12 acres of land between Hamilton and Guelph, Singh Greenhouses is one of Ontario’s leading hydroponic English cucumber operations. There was only one issue holding back this budding operation: its hard groundwater source.
Aug. 11, 2014 – Arborjet's IMA-jet formulation is now available in Canada, offering a new tool to protect trees against emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.
Dec. 9, 2014, West Lafayette, NY — Energy costs account for one of the largest expenses in commercial greenhouse production of annual bedding plants.
Nov. 20, 2014, Eindhoven, the Netherlands — When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the 21st century.
Nov. 19, 2014, Durham, NH — Preliminary results of a University of New Hampshire research project investigating the potential cost savings of using heat pumps to heat and cool greenhouses suggest that heat pumps could substantially reduce heating oil consumption.
Nov. 6, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — Build it and they will come has long been known as a motivational statement to generate new ideas but for Nature Fresh™ Farms, building a mobile micro greenhouse and taking it to the general public has proven to be a consumer education success.
Nov. 3, 2014, Wageningen, the Netherlands — With the exception of energy consumption where there is still much to be done, the Dutch are global leaders in greenhouse horticulture.
Oct. 31, 2014, Guelph, Ont. — Reusable plastic containers for packaging of produce show troubling signs of being unsanitary, according to a University of Guelph study.
Oct. 30, 2014, West Lafayette, IN — Purdue University researchers’ success in using red and blue LEDs as the only source of light to grow ornamental plant seedlings indoors has led to a new phase of determining whether they can reduce production time with more colours.
It’s no exaggeration to say that LED lighting is poised to revolutionize greenhouse cultivation.
Aug. 7, 2014, Madison, WI —  Copious corn growing in tiny backyard plots? Roses blooming in December? Thanks to technology that the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Richard Vierstra has been developing for years, these things may soon be possible.
Aug. 5, 2014, Southampton, U.K. — New research from the University of Southampton is aiming to reduce the water footprint and increase shelf life of potted and cut herb production in the U.K.


This was the motto of my home town. When it comes to greenhouse lighting, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are “in.”
Dec. 10, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — Plant Products has welcomed four new staff members.
Dec. 9, 2014 — As a bedding plant grower, you prefer to grow the items that are most profitable. Unfortunately, the demand for that item could be limited. We can only grow items that are in demand and work to make them as profitable as possible.
Nov. 28, 2014, Vineland Station, Ont. — This is my last article with Greenhouse Canada (at least as an OMAFRA greenhouse IPM specialist).
Nov. 28, 2014, Surrey, B.C. — As sustainability increasingly takes centre stage and consumers seek out more responsible choices in all aspects of their lives, growers are in turn exploring options in their production.
Nov. 28, 2014, Surrey, B.C. — For some, urban agriculture (U.A.) is nothing more than the latest fashion trend. But is it more than that?
Nov. 27, 2014, Toronto — Ontario is taking action to strengthen bird, bee, butterfly and other pollinator health to ensure healthy ecosystems, a productive agricultural sector, and a strong economy.
Nov. 5, 2014, Loudon, N.H. – Pleasant View Gardens will no longer be using neonicotinoid insecticides in its liner production. “While data is conflicting as to neonicotinoids’ impact, we are sensitive to consumer awareness of their use,” says company president Henry Huntington. “We were actually using so few neonicotinoids in our production that the decision required very little change.” With an integrated IPM and scouting program in place, Pleasant View will be able to effectively keep any insect population under control using traditional practices. Additional existing efforts including the use of beneficial insects in ornamental grass production also go toward effective controls. “This is something we’re happy to do for our customers, to help them appeal to their customers,” says Huntington.
Three decades ago, I took a management course and one statement is still stuck in my mind.
By now, most growers have heard of “banker plants” and know that they can be a useful tool in the greenhouse.
According to fertilizer specialists Rob Rennie and Patrick Heffer,1 the industry has been facing a number of critical challenges, namely:
Poinsettia has long been a staple holiday crop plagued with high cost, low margins, and cultural challenges that result in lower grade and yield.
By the time you are reading this article, you are more than halfway finished growing your poinsettia crop.
Nov. 28, 2014 — Many growers and retailers think of poinsettias as a commodity with rather high production costs and low margins with little to no room for error. Still, it is one of the most important and largest indoor flowering pot plant crops.
Nov. 28, 2014, Edmonton — Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza, a longtime greenhouse researcher and resource for Alberta greenhouse growers, has been inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Nov. 21, 2014, Winnipeg  — The Agri-food Management Institute (AMI), in partnership with Farm Management Canada (FMC), launched a toolkit today to help farmers identify and manage business risks.
Nov. 14, 2014, Edmonton — Ottawa is providing $2.3 million to the Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance for a national research cluster to help address the industry’s top priorities.
Le texte français suit le texte anglaisNov. 14, 2014, Ottawa — The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has initiated a research project to identify and validate four critical roles that span all commodities within agriculture to clarify skill requirements and assist stakeholders in addressing the skills and labour shortages facing agriculture now and in the future.
The Canadian Greenhouse Conference is definitely on a roll, given this year’s sold-out pre-conference bus tour and trade show. There were few, if any, empty seats during the keynote presentation by Sonja Dümmen, marketing manager for the Dümmen Group.
Nov. 11, 2014, Toronto — After a long and dreary Canadian winter, the burst of colour that comes with spring is most welcome.
See the highlights from the 2014 Canadian Greenhouse Conference in our latest video!
Nov. 5, 2014, Guelph, Ont. – The University of Guelph is among the best universities in the world for agricultural sciences, according to a new international survey.
Oct. 24, 2014, Wageningen, the Netherlands — Meeting the challenge of developing a sustainable living may require introducing agriculture in urban areas.
Defining trends is as tricky as predicting weather – maybe trickier. Weather obeys the laws of physics. Trends don’t even have to be logical.
Nov. 28, 2014, Toronto — Truly Green Farms has been named one of three Leaders In Innovation with this year’s Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program.
June 27, 2014, Surrey, B.C. — At the time of this writing, agricultural practitioners and land developers, together with oil and natural gas pipeline proponents and residents of B.C. are debating and defending (or not defending, as the case may be) the merits of “Bill 24 – 2014, Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act.”
June 27, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — This past winter has been a tough one for Ontario greenhouse operators.
Jan. 1, 2014, Toronto — The Ontario government gave its greenhouse industry an early Christmas present. The gift was neatly wrapped up in the government’s Long Term Energy Plan, released Dec. 2.
Sept. 3, 2013, Leamington, Ont. – New Energy Farms is hosting a demonstration of leading technologies for the establishment of fuel, feed and fibre crops using CEEDS™ technology.
Eating tomatoes grown near a landfill site may not initially sound appetizing, but it could be the most eco-friendly way to enjoy local tomatoes all year round.
My wife and I were recently ordering food in a restaurant in Entebbe. Well, she was ordering in the “restaurant.”
Culinary students at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are getting a lesson in what fresh fruits, veggies and herbs look like before they make it into the kitchen, courtesy of a tiny high-tech greenhouse.
An abundant supply of natural gas, combined with historically low prices, holds the key to a bright future for Canada - but only if challenges are overcome and opportunities seized.
Winners have been announced in the Big Green Greenhouse Design Competition, which challenged people from around the world to create a 3,000 square foot greenhouse meeting the Living Building Challenge guidelines.
Natural gas pricing is always subject to the elements. At this time of year in particular, traders and market participants are considering the Atlantic hurricane season a serious risk factor for supply – and prices.  
Dec., 15, 2014, Ste-Sophie, Que. – Stéphane Roy, president and CEO of Serres Sagami, has just entered into an agreement with Farm Credit Canada in order to take over the production of greenhouse tomatoes at Serres Lacoste, located in Les Éboulements in the Charlevoix region.
Dec. 15, 2014, Vancouver — Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years. His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache.
Dec. 2, 2014, West Chicago — The GrowIt! Garden Socially app has been recognized as a Gold Winner in the Home & Garden market category for the design100 2014 US Mobile & App Design Awards.
Dec. 2, 2014, Davis, CA — High-tech genomics and traditional Chinese medicine come together as researchers identify the genes responsible for the intense bitter taste of wild cucumbers.
Nov. 21, 2014, Dublin, Virginia – Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests here at the official opening of first phase of its newest state of the art greenhouse.
Nov. 19, 2014, Smiths Falls, Ont. — Tweed Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tweed Marijuana Inc., has successfully renewed its licence to cultivate and sell marijuana under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).
Nov. 18, 2014 — After more than 80 years of using only seed-propagated varieties, All-America Selections (AAS) began trialling vegetatively propagated varieties early this year.
Nov. 10, 2014, Smith’s Falls, Ont. — Tweed Marijuana Inc. has obtained a mortgage on Tweed Farms Inc., the recently acquired greenhouse facility and surrounding property located at 453 Concession #5 Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Nov. 7, 2014, Hillegom, the Netherlands — Anyone who still doubts the virtues of flower bulbs will be glad to hear about bulbs that naturalize. Bulbs that naturalize make gardening a snap.
As I write this, it’s that time of year again. The days are shortening rapidly and the fall equinox has long since passed. Mornings bring with them a chill that makes one snap awake as soon you hit the outside air. And trees bring both a simultaneous awe at their incredible fine autumn clothing of the richest of colours and a tinge of sadness that the heady days of summer are nearly over and that cold, darker days are just around the corner.
Impatiens walleriana has become the workhorse in shady landscape areas because of its consistent performance and reliable, season-long flowering.
Sept. 9, 2014 – Narrowing down which plants to stock in the garden centre could be a real challenge if the number of strong performers thriving in Landscape Ontario’s trial gardens are any indication of what the horticulture industry has to look forward to in the coming years.

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