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Video report: Microbial biocontrols in vegetable crops


December 4, 2015
By Dave Harrison


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Dec. 4, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — Microbials are effective tools in greenhouse vegetable production, notes Leamington area grower Norm Hansen, a speaker at this year’s Greenhouse Canada Grower Day.

The PMRA has posted a list of microbials on its website. This is an important resource for growers who want to be aware of everything that’s available and the various active ingredients. It’s even more important when using microbials because they’re alive and there has to be a certain set of conditions in place for them to work effectively.

“Do your own confirmation research,” Hansen said. “Make sure you test them to be sure they work under your conditions.”

Norm Hansen is a cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University, and a graduate of the University of Windsor. He has spent his years since graduating teaching, growing cut flowers, and most recently, growing organic greenhouse vegetables. He is the director of research and development for Erieview Acres.

Erieview Acres is the premier Leamington area grower of certified organic greenhouse vegetables. Currently they grow in 8.5 acres of greenhouses at two locations.

Erieview Acres has collaborated with the Harrow Research Centre, the Vineland Research Center, the University of Guelph, and the University of Windsor on various research projects.