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Rising to the challenge of greenhouse strawberry production

With two years of COVID-19 behind Canadians, the value for fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables is evident now more than ever, and growing strawberries under glass helps ensure they’re in supply all year long.

Sheridan Nurseries Unionville to close in September

When it first opened in 1967, the location was surrounded by farmland, with no residential or commercial development in the area. Today, the site is part of the bustling Markham Town Centre – a high-density residential and commercial area that continues to experience tremendous growth.
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Plant Protection: Managing Greenhouse Insect & Mite Pests

Raymond A. Cloyd, an extension Specialist in Ornamental Entomology/Integrated Pest Management at Kansas State University, discusses the common insect and mite pests of ornamental crops and how to treat their infestations. Cloyd explains insecticide and chemical classes and modes of operation, proper tank mixing procedures, application coverage and timing, and pesticide storage.

He also talks about phytotoxicity and the effects of pH on chemical effectiveness. A final chapter on pest identification describes common insets and mite pests, their feeding patterns and damage to crops, and control methods.

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From tomatoes to strawberries

At Great Northern Hydroponics in Kingsville, Ont., the greenhouse tomato and cucumber producer has replaced 25 acres of tomatoes with strawberries in a fixed gutter grow system. They’re planning for an additional 15 acres this summer with the ultimate goal of reaching 65 acres of strawberries by 2023. » Learn more

Cannabis aphids on the rise

The cannabis aphids’ most defining feature is their antenna tubercules, which appear as horn-like structures at the top of their heads, and can be observed with the use of a microscope. Their colouration can range from yellow-green, green, or pink-brown and may have vertical stripes running down their bodies. » Learn more
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In the hot house: How high temperatures impact greenhouse tomato fruit development

In the dog days of summer, temperatures in Ontario vegetable greenhouses can surpass 30 °C for days on end. Understanding how such high temperatures affect the growth and development of greenhouse crops is an important first step in learning how to grow vegetables in hot greenhouse conditions. » Learn more

Taking steps against cucumber green mottle mosaic virus

A few infected plants in a cucumber greenhouse can lead to infection of the entire crop, causing losses in cucumber production ranging from five per cent to 20 per cent at the end of the cropping cycle. » Learn more
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Growing outside the box

With the promise of high quality, high yields, and high efficiency, other non-traditional applications are looking towards this technology. When optimized, the precise environmental control and automation offered could help address issues driven by sustainability and human health. » Learn more

The electricity crisis in Leamington, Ontario

The situation presents worries about any issue that may affect existing infrastructure that’s already strained, and is also holding back business expansions. » Learn more

Landscape Ontario Congress

January 10 – 12, 2023
Toronto, Ontario
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Tropical Plant International Expo

January 18 – 20, 2023
Tampa, Florida
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Scotia Horticultural Congress

January 23 – 24, 2023
Greenwich, Nova Scotia
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IPM Essen

January 24 – 27, 2023
Essen, Germany
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LMHIA Horticulture Growers’ Short Course & Pacific Ag Show

January 26 – 28, 2023
Abbotsford, British Columbia
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Future of Food Conference

February 15, 2023
Ottawa, Ontario
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