Growing Media
A steerable substrate with a focused irrigation strategy, combined with recycling of the drain water, can significantly help reduce input costs as well as enable compliance to environmental emission laws without affecting yield and quality.
During the warmer summer months, greenhouse plants are transpiring the most and the crop can be stressed due to high light and 24-hour temperatures.
As a grower, one of the most important responsibilities is to establish and maintain a balanced nutrient solution
Understanding the effect of early stop time and volume/radiation on EC behaviour

'One of its poorest peat harvest seasons'

Poor weather conditions this year in the East will cause Canadian peat harvesting to fall well short of targets.
One of the benefits of using stonewool substrates is that the composition of the nutrient solution in the rootzone is under your total control. This is because stonewool is inert and does not interact with individual nutrients during the cultivation cycle.
Organic vegetable production is still quite limited in Canada.

Fafard acquires major stake in Heveco

Fafard et Frères Ltd, a leading player in the Canadian horticulture industry, has purchased controlling interest in New Brunswick-based peat producer, Heveco Ltd.
In his July review of the new book, Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong, Randy Shore of the Vancouver Sun argues that the premise of author James McWilliams that we simply have to do something drastic to feed an expanding global population is a gross error, since “countless times in human history, advances in agriculture led to population booms.
Little is known about corn’s extensive root system, even though it’s responsible for absorbing nutrients and can account for up to half of the plant’s biomass.
In the fifth of six articles for Greenhouse Canada, Grodan® crop consultant Andrew Lee describes the processes and reasons why at certain times of the year tomato crops are more susceptible to a number of fruit quality disorders.
In the fourth of six articles for Greenhouse Canada, Grodan® Crop Consultant ANDREW LEE outlines how to set up an irrigation strategy using real-life examples from his experience as a consultant.
Every year, the North American greenhouse industry uses more than 250,000 cubic metres of growing substrates. But finding a sustainable answer for used substrate is a growing concern for the industry. Grodan has an answer.
In the third of six articles for Greenhouse Canada, Grodan® Crop Consultant Andrew Lee provides an insight into the 6-phase model® which describes plant development and explains how through using this knowledge, growers can form coherent strategies in respect to rootzone management throughout the duration of the cropping cycle.
May 13, 2010, Amsterdam — The Sixth International Symposium on “Peat in Horticulture” will take place on Oct. 11th in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The subject will be “Life in Growing Media.”
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