Crop Protection
May 1, 2008 - With a Quebec cosmetic ban already in place and a proposed Ontario ban to come into effect within the next year, the use of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is becoming more controversial. But where in Canada is pesticide use most prevalent?
The global nature of the industry also exposes a glaring Achilles heel

It is a strange irony that one of the key strengths of the greenhouse ornamental industry is also one of its major weaknesses.

April 30, 2008 - The issue of pesticide use is abuzz in the gardening world, as Ontario moves to ban cosmetic pesticide use and big box retailers announce they will pull chemicals from shelves. So, what do you think about the pesticide ban? Have your customers been requesting more environmentally-friendly alternatives? How will the ban affect your centre?
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Pesticide ban: tell us what you think
The issue of pesticide use is abuzz in the gardening world, as Ontario moves to ban cosmetic pesticide use and big box retailers announce they will pull chemicals from shelves. So, what do you think about the pesticide ban? How will it affect your centre?
April 29, 2008 - As big box retailers like Canadian Tire and Home Depot make plans to pull pesticides from shelves within the next year, Winnipeg retailers comment on how a pesticide ban might affect their business. The CBC reports. | READ MORE
May 1, 2008 - With a Quebec cosmetic ban already in place and a proposed Ontario ban to come into effect within the next year, the use of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is becoming more controversial. But where in Canada is pesticide use most prevalent?
Last year in our August/September issue I wrote in detail about Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Amongst other ideas, I said that the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association was attempting “to develop and implement a Canadian Nursery Certification Program for exporting nurseries. The USDA is apparently considering implementing a similar program to complement trade with Canada. Only the Netherlands has such a certification programme for growing nurseries in place at this time.”
April 23, 2008 - Home Depot says it will voluntarily stop selling traditional pesticides and herbicides by the end of the year and will replace these products with less environmentally harmful alternatives. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
April 23, 2008 - Legislation was introduced yesterday that will ban the use of cosmetic pesticide use on lawn and gardens in Ontario by next spring. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Last year in our August/September issue I wrote in detail about Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Amongst other ideas, I said that the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association was attempting “to develop and implement a Canadian Nursery Certification Program for exporting nurseries.
Students sometimes stare blankly when required to wear safety footwear in our college greenhouses. When it’s explained that in cases where students’ toes are run over by the electric (crop work) carts, and it’s usually not the cart that is taken to the emergency room at the local infirmary, then they get it.
Some pesticides remain effective, but potential for resistance development is high

The entire pesticide situation for gardeners is in a state of flux as older products are banned from the marketplace yet few new ones are available.
The market for domestic pesticides is rapidly changing across Canada, due much in part to public concerns about possible health risks that have been linked to their use.
Bacterial canker control trials.  This major disease can cause significant losses in both field and greenhouse tomato crops.
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