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July 17, 2015, Leamington, Ont. — A.M.A. Plastics Ltd, in partnership with BVB Substrates of the Netherlands, is bringing a new version of “sticky peat” to the North American market.
July 6, 2014, Downers Grove, IL. — All-America Selections has announced another group of edible AAS Winners for home gardeners, gourmet gardeners, farm-to-table growers, market growers and anyone interested in a unique, delicious addition to their vegetable assortment.
June 5, 2015 — OASIS® Grower Solutions has introduced its latest product line, Origins Indoor Gardening, a new series of propagation kits for the home-grower.
June 2015 – The EnduraScape™ series is a breakout landscape verbena that beats ’em all for lasting colour.
June 2015 – One of DeRuiter’s newest rootstock products is ‘DRO141TX.’
June 2015 – The new Marquee™ Collection of coleus from Burpee Home Gardens are proving popular.
June 2015 – De Ruiter has some new bell pepper introductions in the orange segment, including 'DR0719PB.'
June 2015 – Heat and humidity tolerant, “Love and Wishes” brings a bold deep purple colour to the garden.
June 2015 – De Ruiter has a very strong presence in the beefsteak segment, with varieties like Torero and Foronti doing really well.
May 2015 – Dosatron International, Inc. has introduced nutrient delivery system kits.
May 2015 – Biobest has expanded its bumblebee lineup with Turbo hives....
May 2015 – Canada Post’s much-anticipated annual floral series is this year featuring fresh-faced pansies...
Aug. 12, 2015, Fremont, CA – Solaria Corporation, a global provider of solar module technologies, and Soliculture, a provider of greenhouse integrated photovoltaics (GIPV) for commercial greenhouse growers, have announced a strategic collaboration for PV-agriculture applications.
Aug. 10, 2015, Toyohashi, Japan — Nowadays it is not a surprise to get a tomato production of 50kg/m2 in a high-tech greenhouse; however it was a remarkable record in Japan.
Back when I first started writing about water quality and water treatment options, I made a presentation on greenhousing to participants of “WE ARE THE LAND: Energy and Food Sustainability Conference.”
August 2015 – The landscape of greenhouse heating is changing in Canada as we speak. There are now a small but significant number of greenhouses across the country being heated in ways only imagined decades ago – or not imagined at all.
August 2015 — We could be on the verge of a sizeable combined, heat and power (CHP) expansion in the Ontario greenhouse sector.
July 11, 2015, Novato, Calif. – LumiGrow, Inc., a leader in greenhouse spectrum control systems, has developed its a new system that offers growers the same kind of control over the light environment as they have over most other parts of the greenhouse and indoor growing environments.
July 9, 2015, Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Royal Philips, a global leader in lighting, has opened its state-of-the-art GrowWise Centre at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.
July 7, 2015, Manitowoc, WI — The Dramm Corporation is in the national spotlight for making an eye-catching product.
July 7, 2015, Edmonton – Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has released a new fact sheet to help greenhouse growers with their integrated pest management (IPM) programs.
It’s not always easy to weigh the benefits of one company over the other when they all say the same thing online. So before you decide on a forklift service provider, you ought to visit their facilities and make a qualified decision from first-hand, eyewitness experience.
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.
May 21, 2015 – AccuWeather reports the upcoming summer will be very warm across much of western and central Canada as the cool weather will be mostly confined to Atlantic Canada.
Aug. 12, 2015, Victor, New York – Dr. Daniel Peck has been named product development manager at BioWorks, home to the RootShield®, BotaniGard®, CEASE®, Molt-X®, MilStop® and SuffOil-X® brands of biopesticides, and Verdanta® and ON-Gard™ brands of biofertilizers.
August 2015 — At Kwantlen Polytechnic in Langley, B.C., “Urban Ecosystems” degree students have been busy installing green walls (both inside and outside buildings) as part of developing the physical campus environment. When “Facilities Management” began renovating the library roof membrane, the opportunity arose to install a large green roof.
August 2015 — Submitting samples for analysis can often be overlooked with the usual day-to-day demands of a greenhouse operation. However, proactive monitoring of greenhouse resources is a far smaller sacrifice than could be required if plant health declines and diagnostic testing is needed to determine the nutritional imbalance, not to mention the loss of a crop.
June 12, 2015, Leamington, Ont. — Janan Alles, Shawn Mallen, and Connie and Rick Bradt of A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. recently attended BVB College with other BVB Substrates distributors.
June 11, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — Biopesticides are an increasingly popular resource for greenhouse growers, both for flower and vegetable crops.
When we consider “rootzone management,” our thoughts often turn to growing medium structure or pH/EC, or water content and “overdrain” in hydroponic grow bags (e.g., coir or rockwool).
May 15, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. – In virtually all areas of horticulture today, there is a place for both biopesticides and traditional agrochemicals. Maximum benefits can be achieved through the integration of the two strategies in an approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
June 2015 – Ask just about any greenhouse vegetable grower in Canada for their wish list, and “year-round production” would at the top of most pages. Retailers like the idea of a single supplier, and consumers throughout North America are favouring locally grown foods.
May 14, 2015 – Powdery mildew can often go unnoticed on calibrachoa. Check your plants for white, powdery, fungal growth – usually on the lower foliage and sometimes accompanied with leaf discoloration and leaf drop.
May 13, 2015, Clemson, SC – American Floral Endowment (AFE) is funding a new research project to examine the health of honeybees on ornamental plants following treatment with neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides.
May 11, 2015, Ottawa – Ontario farmers will not be the only ones who will be impacted by a ban on neonics, according to a study by RIAS Inc., an Ottawa-based leader in regulatory impact analysis.
April 24, 2015 – Technological advances by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are continuing to improve the way beneficial fungi are formulated for use as biopesticides.
Aug. 31, 2015, Jordan, Ont. — A team of researchers from the University of Guelph is conducting a commercial field trial combining UV and ozone technologies in an advanced oxidation process for the treatment of recirculating greenhouse irrigation water.
Aug. 24, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — The 2015 Innovation Report of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is now available for download.
Aug. 13, 2015, Vancouver — Village Farms is seeing rising interest in its growing product range of specialty greenhouse vegetable products.
Aug. 7, 2015, Madrid — A study carried out by researchers from Robotics and Cybernetics Research Group (RobCib) at Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR)  – a joint centre of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) – has used a drone to measure the temperature, humidity, luminosity and carbon dioxide concentration in a greenhouse.
July 29, 2015, Toronto – The world’s most successful program connecting seasonal workers with agricultural employers has kicked into high gear.
August 2015 — Can “Lean” help us improve revenue in the retail space of a garden centre?
July 12, 2015, Columbus, OH — Do you want to improve your hiring success, reduce the costly turnover of good employees and avoid labour shortages at your greenhouse or garden centre?
July 8, 2015 Sainte Sophie, Que. — Pierre Cayer has been appointed vice-president of sales and market development with Les Serres Sagami.
June 10, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — Vineland Research and Innovation Centre  (Vineland) has been awarded first-time research funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to provide growers with resources to produce high quality and competitive crops.
June 10, 2015, Mississauga, Ont. — Farmers across Ontario are welcoming the return of thousands of seasonal labourers who help the province’s fruit and vegetable industry thrive.
I hadn’t talked with Charlie Wallish for some time, so when I saw an advertisement in the Edmonton Journal earlier this spring noting the company was celebrating 96 years in business, I jumped on the opportunity to meet again with him and his family.
Why don’t more people buy more plants? And taking it a step further, why don’t some people buy any plants?
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.
April 26, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – The provincial budget focused on much needed investment in transportation infrastructure but failed to support Ontario farmers with rising on-farm energy costs.
March 29, 2015, Madrid, Spain – Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Università Politecnica delle Marche have found that green roofs with high vegetation density are 60 per cent more efficient than non-green roofs.
March 15, 2015, Toronto – Red Sun Farms is again on the rise.
Jan. 27, 2015, Montreal — For those off the gas grid, wood pellets offer a Canadian-made, carbon-neutral way to heat their operations.
Dec. 5, 2014, Guelph, Ont. — One of the biggest costs of running a farm is energy. Ontario farmers are increasingly concerned about the rising costs of energy required to operate their farm businesses. Energy costs are making Ontario farms less competitive domestically and in the global market.
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.
Aug. 31, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — “PixieTM Grape, a versatile indoor/outdoor grapevine, is a must-have edible ornamental and we want to share it with the world,” said Chandra Bierhuizen, sales/marketing manager at Sunrise Greenhouses located in Vineland.
Aug. 28, 2015, Vancouver — Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will be the first institution in Canada to deliver much-needed education to professionals entering a budding industry.
Aug. 28, 2015, Vancouver — A study by Canadian researchers is providing a clearer picture of the evolutionary history and genetic organization of cannabis, a step that could have agricultural, medical and legal implications for this valuable crop.
July 26, 2015, Kingsville, Ont. — Mucci Farms has begun harvesting its first harvest of greenhouse-grown Naked Leaf living lettuce.
August 2015 — Quick, name some hot-but-established trends in horticulture right now. You probably just came up with five or six, right?
June 30, 2015, Seattle, WA — A team of biologists has identified a key mechanism plants use to decide when to release their floral scents to attract pollinators.
June 29, 2015, Simcoe, Ont. — Learn which varieties will be next year’s market winners, and what’s new in plant marketing. What should you add to your plant list for increased sales? Presented by Mel Sawaya of Focus Greenhouse Management.
The California Spring Trials, (what I call the California Showcase) is very interesting in the sense that you feel it is something you must attend. After the tour, you have a sense of “variety overload” with all the excitement in wanting to trial many of the varieties you saw.
Les Exceptionelles® is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Created by passionate horticulturists, this competition’s unique formula has conquered the hearts of gardeners throughout Quebec and beyond.
May 27, 2015, Burton, OH – Great Lakes Growers, an innovative producer of fresh and tasty hydroponic lettuce and herbs, has received PrimusGFS food safety certification.
May 21, 2015, Surrey, B.C. – Consumers can get a rare glimpse inside the spa-like conditions of some B.C. greenhouses on Saturday.
June 2015 – Gypsophila (also known as Baby’s Breath) is characterized by an abundance of flowers, most often white and petite. It blooms naturally in summer, when days are long. Gypsophila flowers are to be found among the 10 leading crops in the Dutch auctions’ sales. It is often used as a filler in the bouquet industry, but it can also be arranged in a vase alone without additional flowers.

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