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Ornamental seedlings grown with LEDs at Purdue

Ornamental seedlings grown with LEDs at Purdue

Oct. 29, 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.

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.
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
Bringing more light into the greenhouse has long been a goal of growers everywhere, and Dutch researchers have now set out on a multi-year study to determine the benefits of harnessing more diffuse light in particular.
At the University of Windsor, Dr. Bulent Mutus is removing phosphates and micronutrients from agricultural wastewater using a biopolymer called chitosan. Chitosan is made from shellfish and when treated can remove micronutrients and phosphates from water. Furthermore, the beads grow algae which can take more micronutrients and phosphate from the water and be refined into biodiesel. The project is planning to be commercialized into large filters that could treat much larger quantities of water than in the laboratory scenario.
Willowbrook Nurseries in Vineland, Ontario is performing a water balance case study of its outdoor ornamental nursery. The study will determine how much water is recaptured in the system and also the quality of the water flowing back into the recycling pond. This project is one of 17 water conservation and efficiency projects in Ontario agriculture supported by farm & Food Care.
Feb. 26, 2014, Wageningen, the Netherlands — In recent trials at the Netherlands’ Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture, researchers found that producing pot plants under a light-diffusing screen shortens the production time by 25 per cent and results in better quality plants.
This video is part of our “Innovation Through Automation” series filmed during the 2013 Ohio Short Course in Columbus. Travis Smith, a technician with Visser NA, describes the company’s new and improved drum seeder.
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
Western Flower Thrips (WFT) is one of the most common and major pests in the cut flower and greenhouse vegetable industry.
Just as a forewarning, some of the technical information that follows may seem a little daunting, and the story is quite complex
Traditionally, we have looked at energy as heating and electrical applications used in greenhouses.
Maintaining a good nutrient balance in the rootzone can help avoid many common fruit quality disorders, such as blossom end rot (BER), blotchy ripening and micro-cracking.
May 1, 2014, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K. — Bombarding pests with smells from many different plants temporarily confuses them and hinders their ability to feed, new research has shown.
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.
We’re all searching for new revenue sources to build sales, to level out seasonal sales and to become a more year-round destination. We need to be not only creative in this search, but also wise and very business-like.
The future couldn’t look brighter for the Canadian greenhouse sector. The next generation of industry leadership is already making their mark in taking things to the next level.
One of the key issues in agriculture is succession planning. It’s usually a topic of discussion wherever growers meet. And the standard take-away advice is that you can never start too soon on the transition. Succession planning and successful planning are interchangeable terms.
Sept. 10, 2014 – If you're like most business owners, you're probably wearing far too many "hats," taking on responsibilities like sales, marketing, purchasing and more.
From lecture halls and hockey rinks on a university campus, to a state-of-the-art convention centre adjacent to one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the Canadian Greenhouse Conference has certainly come a long way over the past 35 years.
Celebrating 35 years, the 2014 Canadian Greenhouse Conference continues its commitment to the horticulture sector by bringing growers, allied trades and the research community together for education, collaboration and networking – all in an atmosphere of fun and excitement.
I would like to invite everyone to come and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference on Oct. 8 & 9, 2014.
A single day is definitely not long enough to fully appreciate how busy the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has become.
Looking back over its 35-year history, it’s clear the Canadian Greenhouse Conference has done a lot to advance this industry.
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.
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.
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.
A new era in medical marijuana production dawned in April of this year, and it hasn’t taken long for the horticulture industry to take note.
The California Spring Trials, in reality, is a showcase by breeders – that is why I like calling it The California Showcase.
In the first Inside View column (which incidentally was this very same July issue back in 2007!) we discussed the many ways growers can keep up to date
It’s (another) dreary day here in Vancouver as I stare at a bunch of absolutely magnificent lilies in a glass vase.
Petunia is one of the most popular genera of the floriculture industry.
Delegates to last year’s Ohio Short Course in Columbus had the chance to view the spacious Ohio State University Trial Gardens. Leading our tour was trials manager Lindsay Pangborn. Included were field, container, shade and hanging basket trials. Some 650 cultivars from 24 companies were featured.

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