Growing Forward 2 Producer Applications due November 3rd!

Did you get some neat ideas from the Canadian Greenhouse Conference or Cultivate this year?  Have you been thinking of an innovative expansion project? Maybe you’re interested in ensuring that your business continues to operate efficiently? Now’s the time to write those ideas down! Continue reading

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Meet the OMAFRA Greenhouse Floriculture Team at CGC!

Chat with the OMAFRA specialists - Chevonne Carlow (left) and Sarah Jandricic (right) - at CGC.

Chat with the OMAFRA greenhouse floriculture specialists – Chevonne Carlow (left) and Sarah Jandricic (right) – at CGC.

Getting excited about the Canadian Greenhouse Conference?  We are too!  This year promises great learning opportunities, lots of fun and an excellent place to network with others in our industry.

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Summer School: Lessons learned from another hot, humid Ontario summer

Happy first day of fall! It was a dry, sweltering summer across Ontario, and I’ve heard from some growers that it was the most challenging summer they could recall in recent memory based on the heat alone.  Oppressive heat and humidity pack a punch that leaves everyone feeling sluggish – you, your staff and your plants.  While we won’t complain too loudly (winter’s coming!), learning from this year’s challenges will help in summers to come as we experience more extreme weather. Continue reading

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Ontario’s Floriculture IPM Blog – Time to Give Your Feedback!


The ONfloriculture blog covers topics like pest and production issues in Calibrachoa.

The ONfloriculture blog has now been up and running for a year and a half now.  But we need your help!  If you’re a regular reader, help us  improve our service by filling out a VERY short survey.

This will take only 1-3 minutes of your time. This data will be used to direct our focus for the upcoming year. Click here to start.

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Online Course Offered in Biological Control in Greenhouses by U.S. Experts


Predatory mites are integral to greenhouse biocontrol programs.

Experts at Michigan State and Kansas State are now offering a fall term of the pre-recorded online course on Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers.

The enrollment period is open until Oct. 14, 2016, where the course will then be available until Jan. 13, 2017. Keeping reading for more details.

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Leafminer control in Ontario’s greenhouse crops -what’s working?


Fig. 1. Leaf mines on gerbera leaves.

As much as we all hate thrips, there are, frankly, worse problems to have.  And it’s name is Leafminer.  These flies cause just about the ugliest damage we see in floriculture (Fig. 1), and they have incredible pesticide-resistance capabilities. Outbreaks seem to go in cycles, and I’ve had quite a few gerbera and mum crops come across my desk with leafminer this past 2 weeks.

This post covers chemical options (BawHawHawHa!!! Oh… Sorry… I’ll get myself under control now) and non-chemical options for leafminer, as well as how their control fits into the big picture in greenhouse IPM programs.  

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Dispose of Your Unwanted/Obsolete Pesticides for FREE, Sept 20-30th. Don’t miss it!

cleanfarmThe CleanFARMS pesticide collection campaign is coming to Ontario again in 2016.  This program will not be run in Ontario again until 2019, so take advantage of this opportunity.

Read below for more details.

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