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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...
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.
May 14, 2015, Rosemont, IL, and Markham, Ont. – Philips Horticulture LED Solutions, a leading provider of LED lighting solutions for the horticulture industry, announced the addition of Greg Lonergan as key account manager – floriculture and Barbara Perzanowski as marketing communications specialist.
June 2015 – Greenhouses, with their moist, warm atmospheres, may seem absolutely tropical to many people in late winter, but from the vegetables’ point of view, the proportion of warmth and humidity isn’t always optimal.
June 2015 – Greenhouse vegetable grower Louis Chibante of Golden Acre Farms is big on innovation and automation.
June 2015 – Year-round production of greenhouse flowers and vegetables requires heating, lighting and, at times, cooling. All of these things require energy. Efforts have been made since the 1980s to reduce the energy required for greenhouse production.
May 8, 2015 – If the pH of your media is out-of-whack, consider checking your irrigation water alkalinity.
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.
April 24, 2015 – INSV can cause a broad range of symptoms and symptoms can be quite variable on different hosts. In this e-Gro Alert, we’ve compiled for reference a few photos of symptoms of INSV on plants that are commonly affected.
April 23, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – The Stockton Group, a leader in plant extract-based crop protection innovation, has signed a Distribution Agreement with Engage Agro, a Canadian company focused on providing growers with new and unique crop management solutions.
April 20, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. – Floriculture growers have a new IPM tool.
July 29, 2015, Toronto – The world’s most successful program connecting seasonal workers with agricultural employers has kicked into high gear.
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 8, 2015, Vancouver — Village Farms International Inc. and Great Northern Hydroponics (located in Kingsville, Ontario) are pleased to announce an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies.
June 4, 2015, Toronto – Ontario has launched its first-ever Local Food Report, which measures the province’s progress in bringing local food to more tables across the province.
May 27, 2015, Newark, DE – Oppy’s greenhouse business just got a boost with the addition of category expert Justin Ruta to the company’s Newark-based sales team.
May 14, 2015, Milton, Ont. – Despite this past winter being one of the longest and coldest in most people’s memory, Landscape Ontario has some exciting plants that are sure to look hot in your garden this summer.
May 15, 2015, Cambridge, Ont. – In an effort to educate consumers on how greenhouse produce is grown, NatureFresh Farms recently unveiled its custom designed mobile “Greenhouse Education Centre” to hundreds of customers at Loblaw Companies owned Zehrs store in Cambridge, Ontario.
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.
July 26, 2015, Kingsville, Ont. — Mucci Farms has begun harvesting its first harvest of greenhouse-grown Naked Leaf living lettuce.
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.
May 11, 2015, Montreal – The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) have launched a registry for users of medical cannabis in Quebec that will allow physicians to better manage its use and monitor patient safety.
April 9, Downers Grove, IL – All-America Selections (AAS) has a long, 80-plus-year history of being the only independent North American trialing organization that works with new varieties and then grants branded awards to the best performers.
April 2, 2015, Columbus, OH – Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 International Plantscape Awards. The awards program is open to all individuals or firms actively involved in interior plantscaping.
March 23, 2015, Beit Dagan, Israel – The Lobularia Stream series from Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm has been awarded Plant of the Year 2015 distinction by the Saxony, Germany, trial station.

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