Looking at the wise use of peatlands

Looking at the wise use of peatlands

Dec. 15, 2017, Rotterdam – The International Peatland Society (IPS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Sept. 11-13 in 2018, and it’s inviting the world to help celebrate.

Farm employers still waiting for exemption review

Farm employers still waiting for exemption review

Dec. 14, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – For two years, the Ontario government consulted with employers and employees as part of the Changing Workplaces Review.

Industry veteran joins CanAgPlus board

Industry veteran joins CanAgPlus board

Dec. 14, 2017, Ottawa – An Ontario greenhouse industry veteran is among four new directors elected to the CanAgPlus board.

Greenhouse grower earns Innovation Award

Greenhouse grower earns Innovation Award

Dec. 14, 2017, Toronto – A greenhouse operation earned this year’s Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

New vertical farming system being franchised

New vertical farming system being franchised

Dec. 13, 2017, Leduc, Alta. – Western Canada’s grocery and food service industries are eagerly waiting for the final commissioning of Trusted Freshness™ Ltd. Canada’s newest vertical farming enterprise. The 37,000 sq. ft. growing facility in Leduc is going through the final steps before launching its commercial operation.

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.
November 2017 – Are skyrocketing land prices preventing you from starting your own farm business? Don’t fret, because crops can be grown in old industrial buildings too – legal crops at that.
October 2017 – Preparation for painting my home office/study recently required a serious clearing out, and I undertook a somewhat enforced go-through of my filing cabinet. You know the feeling. (If you don’t, do it sometime, it’s pretty liberating. But be warned, it will take you much longer than you think!) Three drawers packed tight with technical crop information from the late ’80s onwards. (Now you see why it was liberating.)
October 2017 – Lighting research is very exciting these days, with manipulation of LED placement and wavelength both possible. We checked with three leading greenhouse lighting researchers to hear about their newest studies – some ongoing and some recently completed, some new and some building on previous studies.
October 2017 – Growing vegetable crops in winter in Canada is now an established practice in the sense that we know how many lights should be installed and how much light can be delivered to plants. Good information is available on a number of micromoles needed for leafy and fruiting crops and what is a good Daily Light Integral (DLI). With the arrival of LED lights we heard the term “top lights” and “inter-light.”
OCTOBER 2017 – There’s been a lot of talk about light-emitting diode fixtures (LEDs) in the greenhouse industry over the last few years. They are often marketed as the solution to our electricity woes with the added benefit of spectrum control for specific crops.
October 2017 – The following are highlights of a presentation made during a research conference hosted by Flowers Canada Ontario earlier this year.
Lights are one of the most important aspects of a greenhouse energy mix. Lighting extends the growing season to overcome seasonal changes that limit production and revenue. Lighting must be managed carefully to ensure the benefits are not offset by increased power costs.
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.
December 2017 – Cannabis sativa has been used medically, recreationally and spiritually throughout the world for about five millennia now. In recent times there has been an increasing trend of the public being more accepting towards the use of cannabis as a medical treatment option for various illnesses.
Oct. 11, 2017, Umeå, Sweden – Researchers at Umeå University and Wageningen University have discovered how plants can defend themselves against aphids.
Sept. 28, 2017, St. Albert, Alta. – It’s been a pretty good year for peat harvesting in Canada.
October 2017 – A longtime garden favourite, New Guinea impatiens can be an easy growing option for the greenhouse producer as well, with a few simple tips and techniques. That is true of the newer sun loving varieties like Sun Harmony as well.
October 2017 – This is the last part in a six-part series of articles on thrips (and other pests) integrated pest management, where we provide practical application tips and tricks, information on new technologies and how it all fits within an overall IPM program. Each article is accompanied by a short video demonstrating a technique or principle.
October 2017 – The pepper weevil has become a bigger nightmare for pepper growers in Leamington area. The swarming of pepper weevil in the Leamington area might be a result of the milder winters and more year-round greenhouse production, inter-planting schemes and lack of attention on greenhouse cleaning procedures that enhance the survivorship of pepper weevil. Ignoring just one adult weevil is a reason to take out an entire crop.
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.
December 2017 – I’ve been attending the Canadian Greenhouse Conference for 22 years and this year’s edition topped them all.
Nov. 7, 2017, Santa Cruz, CA – The first crops of tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signalling that “smart” greenhouses hold great promise for dual-use farming and renewable electricity production.
November 2017 – There are many factors that affect the rates, prices and tariffs paid for utilities and services. At many floriculture, horticulture and manufacturing facilities these costs are nearly 40 per cent of the operating budget and sometimes more. Adding to the concern is the possibility of costly billing errors by different utilities and service providers.
November 2017 – Last month we talked about the looming labour challenge in agriculture, and in particular in the greenhouse sector. The shortage has been identified by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) in its report, Agriculture 2025: How the Sector’s Labour Challenges Will Shape its Future.”
Oct. 30, 2017, Langley, B.C. – Bevo Agro Inc. is celebrating a record-setting year.
Oct. 26, 2017, Mississauga, Ont. – What is the potential for raspberry and blackberry production, including indoor crops?
Oct. 18, 2017, Vineland Station, Ont. – Want to check out some of the latest horticulture research of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre? It’s just a click away.
Sept. 29, 2017, Alexandria, VA – Plant retailers have a new tool to help boost sales.
October 2017 – The best grower in Canada working with the most high-tech facilities with only premium varieties still needs one important factor in place before they can harvest and market a profitable crop.
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.
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.
December 2017 – The talk of the town at this year’s Canadian Greenhouse Conference was, you guessed it, marijuana. Not shady back-of-hall cloakroom conversations, but openly in the show aisles, on the bus during the tours and over dinner. One of the tour stops was even to a production facility: “… Aphria, the former Leamington flower grower that transformed its flower greenhouses into a state of the art regulated medical marijuana production facility.”1
November 2017 – Here in southwestern Ontario, we have just experienced a wetter than usual summer, with cooler than average temperatures especially at night. The continuously rainy days and nights and the cooler temperatures put the plants in the Sawaya Garden Trials through new Mother Nature stress or benefit tests, depending on the varieties.
November 2017 – It’s difficult to think of a more diverse, interesting and misunderstood category of plants in the horticultural industry than perennials. A colleague once said that “all plants are annuals somewhere and perennials somewhere else.” Although she oversimplified this just a bit, the point was well taken.
Oct. 27, 2017, Smiths Falls,Ont. – Tweed Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, and DNA Holding LLC  have renewed and expanded their partnership through to October 2022.
Oct. 11, 2017, Smiths Falls, Ont. – British Columbia will soon be home to a 1.3-million-square-foot greenhouse cannabis operation.
Oct. 10, 2017, Vaughan, Ont. –  CannTrust Holdings Inc. has received its Health Canada cultivation licence under the ACMPR for its completed 250,000-square-foot Phase 1 redevelopment of its 430,000 square foot Niagara greenhouse facility.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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