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.
Nov. 25, 2016 –TALUS™ from Engage Agro is a highly effective group 16 insect growth regulator (ai: buprofezin) that selectively targets whiteflies with no harmful effects to beneficial insects and pollinators.
Nov. 25, 2016 – FujiMite® from Engage Agro is a group 21 contact miticide/insecticide (ai: fenpyroximate) with broad spectrum control of mites as well as suppression of whiteflies.
November 2016 – A backdrop of dramatic deep green foliage makes the apricot yellow, semi-double flowers of this beauty look especially Dahlightful™!
November 2016 – With tremendous impulse appeal at retail, Superbena® Sparkling Amethyst bears large clusters of amethyst purple flowers kissed with rosy purple centers.
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.
Nov. 3, 2016, Grassie, Ont. – Ron Berkhout has joined VRE Systems to help the company further develop the growing cannabis sector in North America.
Oct. 27, 2016 – Basil’s intense flavour and fragrance are what sustain its popularity among growers and consumers. These come from phenolic compounds such as rosmarinic, caffeic and chicoric acids among others, however it has been unclear how LED light influences the development of these.
Oct. 21, 2106, Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, has announced the launch of the Philips GreenPower LED flowering lamp 2.0, an even more energy efficient way to extend daylight or interrupt the night growing cycle in greenhouses for growers that cultivate strawberries, cut flowers, bedding plants and cuttings.
Sept. 30, 2016, Eindhoven, the Netherlands – U.K.’s largest tomato grower APS Salads and supermarket tomato supplier Flavour Fresh Solfresh Group have both completed their first 12- and 10-month growing cycles, respectively, using 100 per cent Philips LED lighting.
October 2016 – Greenhouse producers are long familiar with using high-pressure sodium lamps to compensate for reduced sunlight. Not so long ago LEDs started to make inroads into the industry. Because of their ease of maintenance, longevity and energy saving benefits this technology is no longer necessarily cutting edge.
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.
Nov. 2, 2016, Whitby, Ont. – NOA Fisheries is hosting a three-day aquaponics course early next week (Nov 7-9).
Oct. 26, 2016 – Thrips are one of the most serious greenhouse pests, with an especially large host range that makes most greenhouse crops vulnerable. Thrips readily develop resistance to pesticides, to the point where, in some countries, there are few or no effective pesticides available to control them.
November 2016 – The pepper weevil (Anthoomus eugenii) [Figure 1] is recognized around the world as a serious pest that can have potentially catastrophic consequences for pepper growers. The pepper weevil is so named because its larvae develop only on pepper and eggplant crops, which are members of the Solanaceous plant family.
Oct. 7, 2016, Niagara Falls, Ont. – Crop Defenders Ltd. surveyed attendees at this week’s Canadian Greenhouse Conference, asking about this year’s major pests and diseases in ornamental and vegetable crops.
Sept. 16, 2016, Simcoe, Ont. – Thrips are one of the most serious greenhouse pests, with an especially large host range that makes most greenhouse crops vulnerable.
October 2016 – In early July 2016, after a very hot and dry start to the summer, reports emerged from a number of greenhouse flower growers of a sudden increase in western flower thrips being caught on sticky traps. This subsequently led to pest establishment and the sudden appearance of (sometimes) severe damage in a number of ornamental crops.
October 2016 – Silicon (Si) is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust next to oxygen . It is a major component of plant tissue. It is found in varying concentrations in virtually all living tissue, plants, animals and humans.
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.
Dec. 14, 2016, Leamington, Ont. – Pure Flavor® has launched its newly redesigned website (www.pure-flavor.com).
Dec. 14, 2016, Toronto – The holiday season is an opportunity to celebrate old traditions and create new ones with friends and family.
Dec. 12, 2016, Overton, TX – Rows of vivid red poinsettias inside Greenhouse No. 4 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton are as eye-catching as a flashing stop light.
January 2017 – How do we get a realistic measurement on the “state of the industry?”
January 2017 – Ian Adamson, owner of Greenbelt Greenhouse, credits the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) program for helping him carefully examine his financial position and then significantly improve it by installing innovative packing equipment that increased productivity and his bottom line while decreasing water consumption in his operation.
January 2017 – Welcome to our third annual state-of-the-industry report, an inside look at some of the factors impacting greenhouse horticulture from coast to coast. It’s another taking-of-the pulse with new and previously included voices and their views on what’s happening today – and what’s to come.
January 2017 – Building our greenhouse in 2013 was an adventure from the very start. A rainy summer pushed back our construction by months and we had a deadline that had to be met because we were hosting a wedding in our greenhouse (the greenhouse that didn’t exist yet) in October.
December 2016 – The Fraser Valley used to be one of the major hop growing centres of the world. Records indicate the first hops were grown in 1892 (albeit in Saanich on Vancouver Island), before production moved to the Valley.
December 2016 – Need evidence that succulent plants are hot? Here’s some. In recent months, I was invited to speak on succulents at a fruit and vegetable convention, and to a local herb guild. Can you name two industry segments less likely to give a Rhipsalis about such stuff?
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.
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.
DECEMBER 2016 – This coming spring, Ottawa will announce how it plans to legalize, regulate and restrict access to recreational marijuana.
Nov. 11, 2016 – Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs have received Direct Gardening Association (DGA) awards for Purple Pillar™ Rose of Sharon hibiscus and Invincibelle® Ruby hydrangea.
Nov. 7, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corporation has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Tweed Inc. has received approval to begin using its new breeding area at 1 Hershey Drive in Smiths Falls.
Oct. 31, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Farms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has received its license to sell dried cannabis products.
November 2016 – This year featured a much warmer than usual summer, by far the hottest summer I have seen since we first hosted the Sawaya Garden Trials 16 years ago.
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