Crops

As a bedding plant grower, you want to grow the item that is most profitable. Unfortunately, demand for that item could be limited. We only can grow items that are in demand and work to make them as profitable as possible.
The Ohio State University cultivar trials were on display once again, coinciding with annual conference and tradeshow Cultivate'19.
Poinsettia don't have many problems, note OMAFRA floriculture specialists Dr. Sarah Jandricic and Dr. Chevonne Dayboll, but when issues arise, they can hit a crop fast and hard.
Tulips are a sure sign of spring, and for the Dutch people and their descendants, this could not be more true.
When you think of ornamental grasses, you may think of lush landscapes or creative containers. But today’s newer cultivars, and even some of the species, make a great addition to cut bouquets and arrangements. With a bit of planning and production scheduling, ornamental grasses can be a productive addition to cut flower greenhouses.
This is the first time in 12 years that I have been called to see if any growers have poinsettias for sale. I had to look hard to find some that fit the requirements. It was great that production quantities were matching, or were slightly under sales.
EZ Grow Farms has grown just about every type of vegetable and fruit known to Ontario. A family-owned operation run by Darryl Zamecnik, his wife Helen and his brother Jarrod for the past 48 years, they added a new crop when Darryl’s son Dusty joined the business.
Cloudy and rainy weather during the past months has resulted in many serious outbreaks of Botrytis grey mold in lettuce and in many other crops. This ubiquitous fungus readily attacks lettuce because of the moist, enclosed microclimate created in the lettuce head. If remedial measures are not taken at the first sign of infection, serious crop losses can occur.
Imagine popping a tiny green seedling into your mouth. You’re pretty sure you know what it’s going to taste like. But then your taste buds are hit with a completely unexpected flavour that reminds you of spicy horseradish.
Looking at these photos, do you know what happened to these cucumber and tomato plants? Growers were expecting a compact and strong plant, but within a short span of a few days, the plants were already touching the wire, internodes were unusually elongated, and weak sets of leaves developed, looking thin, misshapen and not fully expanded. The first cluster of tomatoes appeared five feet on the stem.
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.
Arable soil scarcity, climate change and higher recurrence of extreme weather events are prompting a shift from outdoor to indoor farming, which has eco-sustainable methods and a lower environmental impact.
Crop LED lighting provider, Fluence Bioengineering (Fluence), has announced its partnership with Ontario-based organic licensed cannabis producer The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD).
Canadian licensed producer Zenabis has received a cultivation licence from Health Canada for the first portion of their operation in Langley, B.C., growing their annual cultivation capacity by more than 30 per cent.This is expected to increase their operation’s capacity from 32,900 kg to 42,800 kg of dried cannabis.
From growing indoor or outdoor to key pitfalls in cannabis propagation, Bill MacDonald of Niagara College talks cannabis production. How similar is it to growing other horticultural crops?
Ian Davidson doesn’t mince words when talking about opportunities in the cannabis nursery game right now. “They’re profound,” says the 15-year industry vet. “There are cannabis specialists in extraction, in packaging, in marketing, you name it, but show me a single operating cannabis nursery in Canada.”
As global demand for medicinal cannabis continues to increase, PharmaCielo Ltd. is poised to become an international leader after receiving approval on February 6th and 19th in Colombia for the listing of 20 proprietary and unique tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) strains with the national cultivar registry.The Canadian-headquartered company will now be able to produce—through its Colombian subsidiary—Colombia’s only CBD-dominant strain that meets World Health Organization (WHO) purity standards. The approval gives PharmaCielo a competitive advantage as the sole licensed producer of non-psychoactive strains in Colombia. A fully balanced THC/CBD strain was also approved, among the many others.Federico Cock-Correa, President and CEO of PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings S.A.S., says the company can now proceed to commercial registration, production and sale of these strains within Colombia, as well as for export to global markets.“Among those approved is an historic and unique CBD-dominant strain approved for commercial registration and sourced from the Colombian landrace strains held within our fuente semillera (a licensed seed or germplasm bank authorized by the Colombian government), the first and only one of its kind registered in Colombia,” Cock-Correa noted.The commercial value of this 20:1 CBD primary strain is of “particular significance with the recent clarification by the WHO that medicinal CBD is not regulated under international convention,” says Dr. Delon Human, PharmaCielo’s global head of health and innovation.“The intensity of the CBD strain profile allows us to efficiently fulfill strong global demand for pure CBD medicinal cannabis oil extracts, which we expect to dramatically increase over the next several years for this strain, as it meets both market and import requirements,” adds Dr. Human.Since its founding, PharmaCielo has focused on ethical and sustainable processing and supplying of all natural, medicinal-grade cannabis oil extracts and related products to large channel distributors.In January this year, the company established a joint venture with Mino Labs to bring medicinal quality cannabis oil to Mexico. The company also went public in recent months on the Toronto Stock Venture Exchange (TSX Venture) through its Canadian parent company.
The 2019 collection of Exceptionnelles highlights vivid plants that will appeal to all generations of consumers. Some attract pollinators and hummingbirds, while others boast spectacular flowers or foliage. Some will add colour to shaded areas and others will brighten flower boxes or add volume to municipal flower beds.
In March of this year I had the opportunity to travel from LA to San Francisco on a Ball-sponsored bus that was inhabited primarily by Canadian sales staff and buyers.
Each year, a few vegetables are entered into the University of Guelph’s Vineland container trials as candidates for vegetables in small urban spaces. This edible plant category attracted attention at the trials, not only from the public, but from culinary professionals as well. Here are some of the highlights from this past season.
February tends to be a slow time at Roelands Plant Farms Inc.The greenhouse vegetable propagator in Lambton Shores, ON, has usually shipped the last of its orders for the year’s tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to clients throughout North America, and its busy season winds down.
Summer 2018 weather was a true test of garden performance in plants. Temperatures were hotter than normal since the beginning of June, so more care was required for plants that were coming from the greenhouse and into direct sun. After the plants were established, the drip system was great.
With greenhouse vegetables, there are many different varieties available. Each one is selected for higher yields, larger fruit, disease resistance, flavour and more, but how well do those attributes hold up in the greenhouse?
Vineland has been identifying methods and creating new technologies to help tree propagators grow seedlings with better root quality.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Greening up Ontario highways Ontario highways will soon look greener thanks to research conducted at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) in partnership with Landscape Ontario, local nurseries and horticultural suppliers.
April 14, 2009 — Proven Winners® ColorChoice® will be a sponsor of the popular TV show GardenSMART this spring.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT PW Shrubs sponsoring PBS GardenSMART Proven Winners ColorChoice will be a sponsor of the popular TV show GardenSMART this spring.

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