Spots still available in Niagara IPM Course being held Friday Feb 23rd

Reminder that a new Greenhouse IPM course is being offered by industry this Friday.  Check out this post for more details.  Or see the flyer below for how to register.

Greenhouse IPM Real Final

 

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The New Era of Pesticides in Canada: Cancellations, Re-evaluations, and New Products

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Changes will soon be coming to some of the chemical products you rely on most.

It seems  there is never a dull moment in the greenhouse ornamental industry these days.  From transitions to new crops,  new export requirements, to novel pest problems, the industry has seen a lot of change….and it’s not over yet. 

The industry is also going to be facing changes regarding some commonly used chemical products. Here is the latest on potential  revisions to the list of chemical tools we have access to in Canadian floriculture.

This is guest post was written by Cary Gates, Pest Management Director at Flowers Canada Growers.

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Deadline Pushed Back For Greenhouse Certification Program (GCP)

This post was prepared by Flowers Canada Growers:

flowers-logoAs of January 29th, 2018, the rollout of the United States-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program (GCP) is delayed, as government agencies and industry associations complete preparation of training and guidance packages for their staff and members.

What does this mean? For those currently on the Canadian Greenhouse Certification Program (CGCP), this may result in tighter timelines later in 2018 to apply and provide appropriate documentation to the CFIA. Continue reading for specifics.

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Upcoming IPM Workshop in Niagara: Achieving Sustainable Biocontrol in Floriculture

HandlensFeeling a bit lost when it comes to pest management? Searching for advice on how to achieve a sustainable, long-term biocontrol program for your operation?

Then mark your calendars for February 23rd! A new IPM Workshop is here. Read on for details.

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Upcoming Webinars: Plant Growth Regulators and Photoperiodic Responses

learning(1)Our floriculture research friends over at e-GRO are hosting a few webinars in the next few weeks that might be of interest to you or your staff. Take a look at the details below, and follow the links to register if you’re interested! Continue reading

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Controlling Echinothrips in Ornamentals without Pesticides: News from the Netherlands.

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How are YOU controlling your Echinothrips? (Photo by Entocare NL).

Echinothrips americanus is an interesting pest in Ontario.  An occasional pest of little concern for some, its presence often plagues others (i.e. cut flower growers). The greenhouse research team at Wageningen University & Research has been working to find reliable, effective biocontrol  strategies for this Echinothrips.

Read on for their latest update on what’s working, and how this applies to Canadian growers.

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When a Worm Isn’t a Worm at All: “Pot Worms” – A Special Kind of Gross.

An Entomologist by training, it generally takes a lot to gross me out. (I’m constantly suppressing shrieks of “It’s adorable!” when growers show me aphids).  But now that it’s dark and wet in the greenhouse, there’s been a sudden appearance of a rather unlovable pest some growers have been referring to as “Pot Worm”.

Not an actual worm at all, this pest is a lover of over-watering and fungal production. Read on to find out what it REALLY is, and how to control it.

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