Funds available for Ontario innovation projects

Funds available for Ontario innovation projects

Sept. 20, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Ontario commercial greenhouse growers looking to invest in their facilities might qualify for government funding support.

Petals & Plates debut proves popular

Petals & Plates debut proves popular

Sept. 19, 2017, Dunnville, Ont. – Talk about giving visitors the “wow” experience.

Niagara College plans commercial cannabis course

Niagara College plans commercial cannabis course

Sept. 19, 2017, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – Canada’s first post-secondary course for the production of commercial cannabis will welcome its first students next September.

Major expansion for Niagara cannabis greenhouse

Major expansion for Niagara cannabis greenhouse

Sept. 13, 2017, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – Tweed Farms Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation and operator of the largest known licensed cannabis production facility in the world, has finalized the purchase of a parcel of land adjacent to its current facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake, including an operational 458,000 sq. ft. greenhouse.

Cannabis company buys Garden City Growers

Cannabis company buys Garden City Growers

Sept. 12, 2017, St. Davids, Ont. – Garden City Growers (GCG) is selling its facilities in St. Davids to Canopy Growth Corporation (Canopy), a leading Canadian cannabis producer.

Aug. 14, 2017, Sarasota, FL – The new dual electric or solar-powered Multiple Use Tow Tractor by ScoringAg can handle a variety of duties in the greenhouse and nursery industries.
Aug, 14, 2017, Charlotte, NC – Svensson has introduced a new collection of decorative climate screens which combine function and aesthetics, making for an ideal combination for garden centers and others alike.
June 6, 2017 – Exsilio, a Finnish enterprise, has developed a high-tech solution for cultivating salad and herbs, among other crops, in urban environments.
July 2017 – For a well-behaved trailing coleus, look no further than Great Falls. Developed by D<15>mmen Orange for its controlled trailing habit, this coleus is remarkably versatile in application.
July 2017 – Improving on an old favourite for combinations, Proven Winners has amped up the flower size and improved the floral quality of this pure white Superbells with a yellow “yolk” centre.
July 2017 – It’s tough to improve on one of the most well-known and longest running annual varieties in our lineup, but we’ve done it this year with ‘Golden Butterfly’ Argyranthemum frutescens, which replaces ‘Butterfly.’
July 2017 – The Conga series from Ball FloraPlant has the most colours of any compact calibrachoa on the market. For 2018 retail sales there are nine new and improved colours to complete the lineup for easy-to-produce quarts and colour bowls.
August 2017 – Gardeners will enjoy lots of tasty beefsteak tomatoes in clusters of three to seven fruit. ‘Oh Happy Day’ has an incredible disease-resistance package that resists early blight, late blight, verticillium and fusarium.
June 2017 – These cool silvery lavender blooms have a dark eye, and are early to flower in Week Nine. Abundant flowers will cover this plant, and promise to impress as they cascade out of baskets, patio containers and window baskets.
June 2017 – A true, bright pink petunia joins the popular line of sun-loving Supertunia Vistas from Proven Winners.
June 2017 – Cannova is the first seed canna series that offers an easy-to-grow option in this heat-tolerant class. The newest colour for 2018 is Bronze Leaf Orange, a complement to the popular Bronze Leaf Scarlet and other tropical colours.
June 2017 – This massive landscape begonia glows with easy-to-care-for colour from spring through fall. Its sturdy stems hold flowers above the foliage for superior show in the garden.
Aug. 1, 2017, Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, has signed a partnership agreement with BWI Grower Technical Sales.
July 31, 2017, Emeryville, CA – LumiGrow Inc., a leading horticultural lighting company, has released its LED Growers’ Guide for Vine Crops.
July 26, 2017, Manitowoc, WI – For the last several years, Dramm has offered an online forum to allow customers to post questions and review prior questions and answers for any of our products.
June 12, 2017, St. Catharines, Ont. – Looking for the latest information on ornamental crop lighting, water treatment systems, labour management strategies and marketing to millenials?
May 26, 2017, Quebec City – CO2 Solutions Inc., a leader in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, has updated progress at the its first commercial project with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc., and Serres Toundra Inc.
June 2017 – It’s -10 C outside and a foot of snow already covers the ground. An intense orange light appeared in the northern Lac Saint-Jean skies just over a month ago showing some signs of industrial development. But forget about any forestry or aluminum development like the region is used to. This time around, it’s all about cucumbers.
April 17, 2017 – Philips Lighting took a select group of leading global tomato growers, owners and consultants to visit three innovative French tomato growers with 100 per cent LED installations during the fourth Philips High Wire Event.
April 17, 2017, Toronto – Lighting is not only for illumination. New lighting technologies are enabling opportunities across different industries, including agriculture.
March April 2017 – While the benefits of diffuse light for plants in the greenhouse have long been proven, recent research reveals that the quality of diffuse light is also an important factor in plant quality and productivity.
March April 2017 – Curtain systems are an integral part of climate control for many greenhouse growers, yet there are still numerous greenhouses not using this valuable tool effectively, or even at all. The main function of greenhouse curtains are shading and energy savings, however a good curtain can be valuable for controlling the greenhouse environment in other ways as well. Proper climate control is the result of integrating various systems, and no addition to your greenhouse should be addressed in isolation.
March April 2017 – The need to grow food in the North remains strong, and new high-tech innovations are on the cusp of making large amounts of local greenhouse-grown food a reality.
March 6, 2017, Vancouver – Affinor Growers will showcase its growing technology at the BCTECH Summit on March 14 and 15, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and in partnership with University of Fraser Valley.
September 2017 – Ontario has long been a world leader in the adoption of biocontrols in floriculture crops.
September 2017 – Aphids can cause significant economic losses on ornamentals by causing deformities, reduced size, or by merely being present on the plants. Such presence affects the aesthetic value of infested plants, thereby reducing or preventing their marketability.
September 2017 – I’m sure growers sometimes wonder what the heck scientists are doing behind closed doors all day in our labs and research greenhouses. Since it often takes several years of repetitious experiments to conclusively find an answer to a problem (or even longer to bring a new product or process to the market), I’m sure that, from the outside, it sometimes seems like things are at a standstill.
September 2017 – One thing is for sure these days: nothing is for sure. Everyone in the greenhouse industry knows we’re in a global industry. Supplies, labour and produce are increasingly moved around the world in what we’re told is a good thing – “global trade.”
September 2017 – This is part 5 in a six-part series of articles on thrips (and other pests) integrated pest management, where we will provide practical application tips and tricks, information on new technologies and how it all fits within an overall IPM program. Each article will be accompanied by a short video demonstrating a technique or principle.
September 2017 – Growers who have been relying on biocontrols as effective pest management tools over the years are now also turning to biostimulants to improve crop performance.
August 2017, Vineland Station, Ont. – This is part four in a six-part series of articles on thrips (and other pests) integrated pest management, where we will provide practical application tips and tricks, information on new technologies and how it all fits within an overall IPM program. Each article will be accompanied by a short video demonstrating a technique or principle.
August 2017 – A wildflower long tamed, growers and gardeners alike love coreopsis for its low maintenance and long life, but this staple still has a few surprises to share.
August 2, 2017 – A beneficial soil fungus could offer a bio-based approach to battling Phytophthora ramorum, a pathogen that kills oaks, other tree species and woody ornamentals.
July 12, 2017, Vineland, Ont. – Part 3 in a 6-part series: In nature, insects and mites are commonly infected and killed by naturally occurring micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, viruses) and nematodes.
May 2017, Vineland, Ont. – First in a 6-part video series: There are many interactive variables that affect the growth of greenhouse crops, the incidence and impact of pests and diseases, and the performance of biological and chemical controls.May 2017 – First in a six-part series: The May 2017 edition of Greenhouse Canada launched this series of articles on thrips integrated pest management. The goal is to provide practical application tips and tricks, information on new technologies and how it all fits within an overall IPM program. Each article will be accompanied by a short video (the first debuting here) demonstrating a technique or principle. The content of this series is based on research performed at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and is supplemented with ‘information from the field,’ contributed by colleagues using biocontrol strategies in greenhouse production. Click here for the accompanying feature.
July 5, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Greenhouse pepper growers of Southern Ontario have suffered some big losses over the last few years, all because of one little culprit: anthonomus eugenii, the pepper weevil. For many farms, the ill-intended stowaway was just a boogieman – “We better put out some pheromone traps, I heard they’re in town!”
September 2017 – Millennials are changing the way plants are sold, and the more you understand those changes the more plants you’ll sell.
September 2017 – It’s the trade show/conference season, the chance to review the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. Or will soon be offering.
Aug. 23, 2017, Vineland Station, Ont. – There’s a plant inside the greenhouse at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) that could change the tomato eating experience forever.
Aug. 21, 2017, Calgary – Nectar, the high-energy 'honey' produced by flowers, might be a brilliant distraction technique to help protect a flower's reproductive parts, according to new research.
August 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – At the end of May, I visited several urban agriculture ventures in Pomona, California, with Robert Puro of Seedstock, a Los Angeles-based social venture fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable agriculture.
July 13, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – If you asked plant retailers to give you the most common question they get asked by consumers each spring, we’re sure “what’s new?” would be near or at the top of the list.
July 7, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – The NatureFresh™ Farms’ mobile greenhouse tour is still on schedule despite some sizzling summer heat being experienced in the U.S. Midwest.
July 7, 2017, Lambton Shores, Ont. – Arie Alblas, production manager with Roelands Plant Farms Inc. since it broke ground in 2013, is transitioning into the role of account manager and crop specialist.
August 2017 – Canada’s first sweet potato variety is expected for release next year. And now work is underway to ensure Canadian farmers can also access sweet potato cuttings – called slips – right here at home.
August 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – It’s only fitting for an editorial written on Fathers’ Day to offer timely advice to younger readers: “Hold on tight.”
June 13, 2017, Chicago, IL – Thousands of produce industry executives are arriving in Chicago this week to attend the United Fresh Produce Association’s Annual FreshMKT & FreshTEC Expos and Convention (June 13-15).
July 14, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – When organizations invite me to speak at their conferences or train their team members, we start with trends that are impacting their customer relationships. Check out these four customer service trends along with some tips for capitalizing on them to boost your business.
June 17, 2017, Mona, UT – In recognition of leading energy saving efforts, Houweling’s Group was among four companies honored recently as part of Utah’s Energy Efficiency Challenge.
March 16, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – With the Ontario government’s cap and trade program now in effect, many greenhouse growers in the province are quickly discovering the high cost of fighting climate change. To some, that cost appears unsustainably high.
March April 2017 – Spring is a time of hope and renewed energy with longer days of sunshine and warmer weather. It is also a great time to reflect on how energy costs in the past months have impacted your bottom line, and to work with your team to make your greenhouse more cost-effective for the year to come.
March 10, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Ontario farmers can finally expect some relief with lower electricity bills on the way.
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.
September 2017 – Nothing evokes passionate debate in the cannabis community like the threat of big business taking over. The arguments against big marijuana fill the Internet. The heartfelt plea to preserve small farms is echoed throughout the U.S., Canada and Jamaica.
Nothing in the whole production cycle is as important as the knowledge about the product that you are going to grow. Knowing the parameters and the growing habit of a cultivar makes the difference in achieving a successful crop or a total failure or something in between.
Aug. 28, 2017, West Chicago, IL – More than 1,000 industry professionals visited Ball Horticultural Company’s home office in West Chicago, Illinois, on the last Friday in July for Ball Seed’s annual Field Day and Landscape Day celebration.
Aug. 24, 2017 – The sensational gardening social media team commonly known as Garden Answer- Laura & Aaron LeBoutillier – has reached the two million followers mark on Facebook. Now you may be wondering … what’s so important about that number?
Aug. 23, 2017, Hamilton, Ont. – Canadian retail industry veteran Grant Froese is joining Hamilton-based Marquee Health Group Limited as chief executive officer.
Aug. 22, 2017, Kingsvile, Ont. – Mastronardi Produce is continuing to expand its local program, this time with an exclusive partnership with Golden Acre Farms. The greenhouse facility, located in Kingsville Ontario, will bring SUNSET® brand cucumbers to more Canadians year-round.
Aug. 21, 2017, Fort Valley, GA – With demand for its premium greenhouse vegetables continuing to grow, Pure Flavour® announced recently the investment of more than $105 million US to build a 75-acre state-of-the-art high-tech greenhouse facility and distribution centre in Peach County, south of Atlanta.
July 26, 2017, Pensacola, FL – Growers now have access to the latest market trends, industry demand and new variety introductions with the release of Emerald Coast Growers’ 2017-18 Resource Guide.
July 6, 2017, Ottawa – The Canadian AIDS Society has announced a first of its kind research program funded by Canopy Growth Corporation.
June 29, 2017, Vancouver – MYM Nutraceuticals Inc., GGS Structures and CannaCanada Inc., a subsidiary of MYM, are working together on the planning and design of the 1.5 million square foot Weedon cannabis greenhouse production project.
June 26, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Once you’ve tasted Ontario greenhouse cucumbers, you’re hooked. The taste and freshness are second to none, and when shoppers sample them, they become regular customers.
June 16, 2017 – British Columbia will soon be home to one of the largest greenhouse cannabis operations in the country.

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