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App to reduce water use for ornamentals

It takes a lot of water to grow healthy trees and shrubs for Canada’s ornamental plant sector. New research suggests this is two to three times more water than they need. And soon a new tool will be available to help nurseries determine when to turn off the hose.

OFVGA leadership stays the course

The association announced both chair and vice chair, Jan VanderHout and Bill George respectively, will remain in their positions for another term. VanderHout expects key issues including labour, energy and trade to be front and centre.

A partnership for fresh produce year-round

After six years of using IFCO’s reusable plastic containers (RPCs), Leamington-based greenhouse vegetable grower Pure Flavor now applies this “smart packaging” on a wide range of produce, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants.
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Fan favourites emerge from University of Guelph trials

University of Guelph’s Rodger Tschanz reports on the 2017 trial season, looking at both the favourites of visitors to the trial gardens as well as other unique entries that performed very well at the trials in Vineland, Guelph, Milton and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The top 10 were voted by attendees of the open houses at all four garden sites. Find out which varieties were best received and why. » Learn more
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What I wish I knew about biocontrols, but didn’t ask

I hear from clients daily, “these pesticides are just not working like they used to.” It is true, pesticides are not working as well anymore. Even when pesticides were working well, not all the pests were killed despite good coverage and dead bugs on the leaves. The surviving pests continued to survive in the pesticide environment and increased their populations. » Read more...
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National Floriculture Forum

March 2-4
Location: Central Florida, USA
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