February 2016 — High Q Greenhouses is growing a new variety of fuchsia for spring. ‘Fuchsia Bellinto™ Compact Red and White’ is from a day-neutral series that is easy to grow and perfect for larger hanging baskets or planters...
Feb. 3, 2016, Beamsville, Ont. — Engineered specifically for low-ceiling applications, the NXT-LP offers growers the same industry-leading performance they have come to expect from the NXT family of products.
February 2016 — Extend your season – add this heat lover! Compact, upright habit with eye-catching burgundy colour, ‘Little Zin’ Hibiscus from Ball Floraplant is perfect for summer combos...
February 2016 — Tidal Wave® Red Velour Spreading Petunia, from PanAmerican Seed, is a great season-extender. It is an All America Selections and Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner...
February 2016 — Sombrero® ‘Baja Burgundy,’ from Darwin Perennials, features exceptional Winter hardiness and excellent branching. This coneflower is hardy in zones 4a to 9b...
February 2016 — ‘Ferrara’ from Red Fox (Dummen Orange) is ideal for early sales and would be effective in targeting Black Friday sales, for example. It has a seven-week response time...
February 2016 — ‘Gold Rush’ from Ecke (Dummen Orange) will work great in targeting early season sales, such as the U.S. Thanksgiving celebrations. This variety has a 7.5-week response time...
February 2016 — ‘Autumn Leaves’ from Ecke (Dummen Orange) is a great early season performer, including the U.S. Thanksgiving season. It has a 7.5-week response time...
Jan. 26, 2016, Beamsville, Ont. — Following the launch of a new LED product line by parent company Hortilux Schréder in Europe, PL Light Systems will soon offer the HortiLED products in North America as well.
Jan. 19, 2016, Vancouver — Route optimization solution can now “predict the future” with greater accuracy, helping local delivery businesses get around faster.
January 2016 — Jolt™ Pink Interspecific Dianthus, from PanAmerican Seed, is hardy to Zones 7a to 11. It blooms from spring to late summer and has an upright habit. The plug crop time is four to five weeks...
January 2016 — Tomato Candyland Red, from PanAmerican Seed, is the only AAS award-winning currant-type tomato. Currant tomatoes are smaller in size than cherry-type and are ready to “pop” in your mouth straight from the garden...
Jan. 14, 2016, Chilliwack, B.C. – Affinor Growers’ proprietary vertical farming system will be used to grow greenhouse strawberries on a commercial scale.
Jan. 12, 2016, Whitby, Ont. — Want to learn more about aquaponics?
Jan. 11, 2016, Guelph, Ont. — This year marks a significant milestone for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA).
Dec. 31, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – A University of Guelph engineering professor has been developing a labour-saving solution for greenhouse vegetables growers that he is now ready to put to the test in a working greenhouse – a human-sized robot that will harvest produce and remove leaves from plants.
Dec. 23, 2015, Surrey, B.C. — Affinor Growers Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding to install two automated residential vertical growing towers in new Bio Pod greenhouses slated for construction in Surrey.
Dec. 18, 2015, Chicago – The pioneers behind the first commercial urban hydroponic greenhouses in the U.S. are now builders of one of the world’s largest such facilities.
Dec. 16, 2015, Las Vegas — Indoor Farms of America, LLC has developed a new system to help farmers achieve far higher yields and profitability in their operations.
January 2016 — Well, well, well.
January 2016 — Growers in Canada know very well that natural winter light conditions are different than those in the fall, spring and summer. Sunlight is reported in many different ways. One can find total sunlight hours, light intensity during the seasons and light spectrum information. For example, I was looking at Edmonton, which is 53 degrees North latitude, and found the average of several years in terms of per cent sun, hours of sunshine and number of days. On an annual basis, the city has 2,345 hours of total sunlight and 325 days of sun.
January 2016 — Humans have been growing crops in barren places for decades. Now it’s time to take our plant production knowledge and use it to provide our cities and food deserts with fresher and more local food.
Nov. 5, 2015, Gainesville, FL — A web-based irrigation system developed by researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences saved 21 per cent in water use without reducing growth of container-grown landscape plants, a new study shows.
November 2015 — How effective is it? Many major municipalities throughout the world are using ozone water sterilization in their water treatment plants because ozone is a powerful disinfectant and leaves no chemical residue in the water.
Feb. 5, 2016, Frankfurt, Germany – In contrast to animals, plants form new organs throughout their entire life, i.e., roots, branches, flowers and fruits.
Jan. 15, 2016, Guelph, Ont. — The proposed Waste-Free Ontario Act marks a significant shift in how Ontario considers waste.
Jan. 7, 2016, Shenyang, China — Nitrogen (N) is an essential nutrient for plant growth, and nitrogen fertilization – including the application of manures – is a major management strategy in agriculture across the globe.
Dec. 21, 2015, Mississauga, Ont. — For over a century, chemical pesticides have been in use to control pests and increase crop yield. However, chemical pesticides present a number of problems that negatively affect the environment, as well as creating health risks for consumers and agricultural labour.
Dec. 4, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — Biopesticides work best when used in a preventive manner, notes Dr. Michael Brownbridge, a speaker at this year's Greenhouse Canada Grower Day.They are generally compatible with other beneficials (predators and parasitoids) and also with many pesticides, which makes them an ideal fit for IPM programs.The short re-entry intervals after application makes them easy to work with on a day-to-day basis, and they can be used right up to the day of harvest.Timing of their application is important because different insect stages are more susceptible than others.Work at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has found that biopesticide dips are an effective strategy in controlling whiteflies on poinsettia cuttings.After working in Israel, Kenya, the U.S. and New Zealand, Brownbridge joined the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre as research director in Horticultural Production Systems in July 2009. Research activities of this group encompass development of biocontrol-based IPM systems for greenhouse ornamentals and vegetables. His current research program focuses on development of microbial control strategies for key greenhouse pests, and includes work on application techniques and integration of biopesticides into greenhouse production systems. Most recently, this work has evolved to include assessments of beneficial microbes that activate host plant defenses and to determine their role in IPM systems. Key pest targets include thrips, aphids, whiteflies and spider mites. The overarching objective is to improve the performance and economic sustainability of biological control strategies, ensuring that new procedures, products and information enable growers to successfully protect their crops.
Dec. 4, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — Microbials are effective tools in greenhouse vegetable production, notes Leamington area grower Norm Hansen, a speaker at this year's Greenhouse Canada Grower Day.The PMRA has posted a list of microbials on its website. This is an important resource for growers who want to be aware of everything that's available and the various active ingredients. It's even more important when using microbials because they're alive and there has to be a certain set of conditions in place for them to work effectively."Do your own confirmation research," Hansen said. "Make sure you test them to be sure they work under your conditions."Norm Hansen is a cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University, and a graduate of the University of Windsor. He has spent his years since graduating teaching, growing cut flowers, and most recently, growing organic greenhouse vegetables. He is the director of research and development for Erieview Acres.Erieview Acres is the premier Leamington area grower of certified organic greenhouse vegetables. Currently they grow in 8.5 acres of greenhouses at two locations. Erieview Acres has collaborated with the Harrow Research Centre, the Vineland Research Center, the University of Guelph, and the University of Windsor on various research projects.
Dec. 4, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — During his presentation at this year's Greenhouse Canada Grower Day in St. Catharines, greenhouse crop specialist James Kowalski said microbials are gaining in popularity and hold great potential.Kowalski works currently as a technical sales specialist for Monsanto Company’s BioAg Diversified Specialty Markets division.He said there are a number of reasons microbial use in horticulture is gaining in popularity. "It's my opinion that industry movement towards more sustainable growing practices and the lessening of any environmental impact are key...There is so much to be discovered and improved with microbes in horticulture. It is truly in its infancy and the next decade and beyond will yield amazing advancements."Kowalski specializes in greenhouse and nursery markets; his territory includes Eastern Canada, Great Lakes, Upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Texas and several Mountain States. He has worked with biocontrols since 2002 after joining his family’s company, Natural Industries. Current products represented include Met 52 Bioinsecticide and Actinovate SP Fungicide.  Kowalski attended Texas A&M University in College Station Texas and currently resides in Spring, Texas.
Dec. 4, 2015, Hangzhou, China — Chemical triggers that make plants defend themselves against insects could replace pesticides, causing less damage to the environment.
Dec. 2, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — Longtime flower grower Albert Grimm discussed the use of microbials in ornamental crops during his presentation at this year's Greenhouse Canada Grower Day.As with any biocontrol, you have to have faith it was developed, packed, shipped and stored correctly. "Efficacy is very difficult to assess," Grimm noted during his presentation. "They do something, but how much have they done?"Grimm is a horticulturist by both trade and passion. He graduated from an apprenticeship in Germany, and since then has worked in many areas of horticulture production. He moved to Canada in the late 1980s and spent several years in greenhouse production in Quebec, before settling in southern Ontario. His perspective on horticulture comes from his interest in science. As a young person, he could not afford university, so he began working in greenhouses while hoping for a more interesting career option to become available. However his years of working in greenhouses soon sparked a fascination with plants and the realization that greenhouse production is an almost limitless platform for applied science. More than 30 years later, this passion for plants is still alive! Grimm has spent a lot of time working with ornamental, vegetable and nursery crops. He has been working as head grower for Jeffery’s Greenhouses Inc. of St. Catharines since 1998.This is the third in a series of interviews with speakers at this year's event. For more on Grower Day, see our feature in the October 2015 edition, starting on page 14.
Dec. 3, 2015, Simcoe, Ont. — Dr. Anissa Poleatewich had the topic, "Understanding microbials in greenhouse production" during this year's Greenhouse Canada Grower Day. "Basically, you're using beneficial organisms to suppress pest organisms."Poleatewich joined Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in 2011 as a Research Scientist – Plant Pathology within the Horticultural Production Systems Department. Her program is focused on the development of microbial biological controls and other reduced-risk management strategies as well as research to increase knowledge of the impact, biology and management of key diseases of ornamental and horticultural crops. Another key area of research is determination of races of the rose black spot pathogen in Canada.  Her lab also collaborates with the Vineland breeding program to screen cold hardy roses for disease resistance.Poleatewich received an MS and PhD in plant pathology from the Pennsylvania State University. Her graduate research focused on biological control of plant pathogens and weeds. She worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Penn State University teaching a senior undergraduate and graduate level plant pathology course.  She has also served as a Master Gardener and was involved in community outreach related to agriculture and gardening.  She is actively engaged in professional society service and is currently a board member of American Phytopathology Society’s Office of Education and the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science.This is the second in a series of interviews with speakers at this year's event. For more on Grower Day, see our feature in the October 2015 edition, starting on page 14.
Nov. 27, 2015, Toronto — Ontario has introduced legislation that, if passed, would divert more waste from landfills, create jobs and help fight climate change.Currently, Ontario is generating too much waste, and not recycling enough, say government officials.
Nov. 23, 2015, Raleigh, NC – Christmas cacti are sensitive to low substrate pH conditions, which can lead to phylloclade chlorotic blotches and necrosis.
Dec. 16, 2015, Columbus, OH — AmericanHort has published An Introduction to SHIFT, a downloadable PDF containing the nearly 30 insights and recommendations from its SHIFT initiative.
Dec. 11, 2015, Markham, Ont. — Plant Products employees are always up for a challenge.
January 2016 — Last year at this time, we looked at the factors impacting Canada’s greenhouse industry from coast to coast, and what’s to come – all part of our first state-of-the-industry report.
January 2016 — High job demands, stress and job insecurity are among the main reasons why people go to work when they are ill, according to new research by a researcher at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the U.K.
January 2016 — On anecdotal evidence alone, the greenhouse industry had a pretty good year in 2015. Whatever trade show or industry workshop I was attending, growers, suppliers and industry specialists were virtually unanimous in giving the year a hearty “two thumbs up.”
Nov. 27, 2015, Niagara Falls, Ont. — CGC'15 keynote speaker Michelle Painchaud gave growers and suppliers tips on "Creating a High-Performance Organization.Painchaud is president and CEO of the Painchaud Performance Group, which has clients across Canada. She grew up on a grain farm in Manitoba and recognized at an early age that farmres struggled to find and keep talent, high-performing employees.
December 2015 — Alternative crops. Hmmm … how do we define this? It immediately begs the secondary question: alternative to what?
December 2015 — Even small gestures of appreciation have a significant influence on the output and quality of work by employees.
Nov. 2, 2015, Downers Grove, IL – National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization that promotes gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, has adopted a fresher brand identity to further their mission of encouraging people to use more flowers and plants in their garden.
Oct. 29, 2015, Downers Grove, IL – When it comes to consumers, garden centers and grower-retailers are focused on their ABCs – and Ds! In 2016 it’s all about the alliums, beauty in begonias, cheering for the carrot and defending the delphinium.
Oct. 25, 2015, Delta, B.C. – Windset Farms® has added a new tomato to its Cameo® Elite brand to the North American market in partnership with Axia Vegetable Seeds of the Netherlands.
It was another banner year for the calibre of Top 10 Under 40 award nominations.
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.
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.
Jan. 14, 2016, Saskatoon — CanniMed Ltd. has successfully fulfilled all of Health Canada’s inspection requirements and has been granted a Section 56 Supplemental Licence under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).
Jan. 12, 2016, Delta, OH — With the first crop of OhioRed tomatoes to be picked in late February, NatureFresh Farms has broken ground on Phase Two of its Delta greenhouse facility.
Dec. 31, 2015 — Since the introduction of the Invincibelle Spirit® hydrangea in 2009, sales from this special plant have raised funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Dec. 24, 2015 – The Perennial Plant Association members nominate a slate of perennials every year and vote to select the Perennial Plant of the Year. Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ is the 2016 winner.
Dec. 14, 2015, Victor, N.Y. – BioWorks’ biological insecticide, BotaniGard® (ES and 22 WP), has been approved for use in Canada on cannabis that is produced commercially indoors, as well as greenhouse strawberries and wasabi.
Nov. 15, 2015, Toronto — Patients in Canada prescribed medical marijuana may soon have a new, safe, effective and smokeless option for how they administer their needed medication – and it’s as easy as brewing a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
December 2015 — The ornamental container trial held at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has been jointly run by OMAFRA and Department of Plant Agriculture (UofG) since the spring of 2007. Breeders and plant suppliers have the opportunity to enter new plant hopefuls into this trial for evaluation under Ontario growing conditions. Evaluation takes place during greenhouse production and outside in containers or ground beds for the balance of the summer’s growing season.
December 2015 — The first ever Ontario Container Trial and Workshop attracted over 30 growers and consultants to Vineland to see new ornamental varieties and hear presentations from floriculture research experts.
Nov. 11, 2015, Smiths Falls, Ont. — Tweed Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has invited Health Canada’s inspectors to its production facility to conduct a final inspection of the company’s line of cannabis oil products and production practices.
Nov. 5, 2015, Downers Grove, IL — Anyone watching the movements of All-America Selections lately will notice an ever-increasing number of exciting and wonderful plants that are being named AAS Winners.
The weather early on this year was great for the Sawaya Garden Trials (just east of Simcoe, Ont.), and this was reflected in the quality of most varieties. We had cool nights (but not too cold!) and warm days (but not too warm!) providing excellent weather conditions for the plants to establish.
October 2, 2015, Downers Grove, IL – If you’re looking for some marketing assistance in 2016, the National Garden Bureau has a lot to offer.

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