Buyers Guide Top 10 of 40 Grower DayAgAnnexCanadian Florist
Latest research: giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

Latest research: giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

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.

Heat pumps show promise for reducing heating oil use

Heat pumps show promise for reducing heating oil use

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.

A first: AAS awards presented to vegetatively propagated varieties

A first: AAS awards presented to vegetatively propagated varieties

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.

'Incredibly humbling to be presented with this award'

'Incredibly humbling to be presented with this award'

Nov. 17, 2014, Kingsville, Ont. — Mastronardi Produce chairman Don Mastronardi has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA).

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.
July, 2014, Vlaardingen, the Netherlands — Hoogendoorn introduced the next generation iSii process computer at GreenTech.
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.”
Automated Sticking and Cutting costs with John Van de Vegte
May 30, 2014, Chicago, Illinois — Royal Philips, a global leader in lighting, has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-area commercial grower, to develop one of the largest indoor commercial farms using LED grow lights tailored to their specific crops
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.
Sept. 8, 2014, Jokioinen, Finland — Greenhouses have improved the possibilities of greenhouse whiteflies invading wild regions in the boreal region, a new study finds.
As we move deeper into fall, the light levels will decrease rapidly, which poses many issues for plant and fruit quality, parameters which must be maintained in order to maximize production.
One of the oft-cited, but probably unjustified, grower objections to trying biological control for the first time is “cost.”
In the summer, adjustments to the start and stop times of irrigation and the use of stable EC settings are required.
Interview with Gary Vollmer of Ball Floraplant at Grower Day 2014
Interview with Michael Brownbridge, PhD., of Vineland Research & Innovation Centre at Grower Day 2014
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. 17, 2014, Toronto — Visitors entering Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Cafe are immediately confronted by shelves groaning with jars of colourful preserves and blackboards listing the day’s seasonal specials, including wines of southern Ontario.
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.
Millennials are discovering gardening in a big way, all across the globe – and your garden brand should prepare to reap the benefits.
Retailing used to be a straightforward interaction. The customer would enter the shop, browse the merchandise, make a purchase and leave. We had complete control over the interaction and as such could influence the information presented.
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.”
This past winter has been a tough one for Ontario greenhouse operators.
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.  
For Mucci Farms, the issues facing greenhouse growers are connected. Rising transportation costs, increasing competition and the need to more efficiently utilize resources can be addressed with a comprehensive marketing and sustainable growth plan.
In recent years, biogas has been slowly gaining recognition as a renewable resource that can contribute to addressing current and future energy needs across Canada.
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. 17, 2014, Charlottetown — One of the investors hoping to open a medical marijuana production facility in Charlottetown says the process is taking longer than expected.
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.
The best growing weather in a long time was reflected in the quality of most varieties during this year’s trials season.
I am sure our readers know about medical marijuana. There has been a lot of coverage in the news media and business magazines.
Only a little while ago, not many of us had heard the phrase “biopharmaceutical industry,” and still fewer would have guessed that it was poised to become a billion-dollar behemoth.

Subscription Centre

New Subscription

Already a Subscriber

Customer Service

View Digital Magazine

Renew




Most Popular

Latest Events

Great Lakes Expo
Tue Dec 09, 2014
Congress 2015
Tue Jan 06, 2015
CENTS
Wed Jan 07, 2015
TPIE
Wed Jan 21, 2015
IPM
Tue Jan 27, 2015