A Reminder about Fertilizer Injector Maintenance

Spring is here, and we know you’re busy!  Here’s a quick but very important refresher on fertilizer injector maintenance.  Ensure they’re working properly on a regular basis to avoid extra headaches.

How do I know if my injector is working properly?

Hopefully damage to foliage wasn’t your first sign things were a little off! Some things to remember:

  • The dilution ratio needed for each application should be known and adjusted as needed.
  • Remember that tracing dye in water-soluble fertilizers should never be used as an indicator of the actual strength of a fertilizer mixture.
  • If you are using multiple products or chemistries ensure they are compatible for tank mixing before running them through the injector.
  • If deviations greater than 5% from the expected setting occur, contact an irrigation specialist for assistance or repair. (But first, double check that math!)

Fertilizer injectors come in all shapes and sizes in the greenhouse.

There are two common methods to check if your injector is working as expected. Regular calibration is needed to ensure that an injector is operating properly. You should complete both methods listed here to ensure accuracy. Continue reading

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New tool can help identify gaps in your pest management program

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Do you have a strategy to help mitigate pests coming into your facility, like dipping cuttings upon receipt?

The CFIA has recently released the Floriculture Sector Biosecurity Guide.  Despite it’s imposing name, this is an excellent “road map” to help protect your facility from unwanted pests.  The Guide offers biosecurity strategies from the time plants come in the front door ’till they’re out in the compost bin.

Don’t have a facility-wide Pest Management Program in place?  This guide can provide the framework. (Why start from scratch?).  Already have a strategy to mitigate risks from pests at your farm?  Compare YOUR plan with the Floriculture Guide to see if you’ve overlooked anything.

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Participate in the Greenhouse Innovations Tweet Chat – Tuesday April 11th!

Do you use twitter? Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is planning a Greenhouse Innovations Tweet Chat on Tuesday, April 11 from 2pm – 3pm EDT.  This event is one of five Science Social Media Takeover Days planned throughout the year.  The Tweet Chat is designed to engage research staff, greenhouse growers and greenhouse industry stakeholders, and the general public about Greenhouse Innovation and Vertical Farming.

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Using Beleaf (flonicamid) as a drench: benefits and (potential) drawbacks.

gi_0_beleafGiven that it’s the season for pest problems like aphids on spring crops, I’d like to remind everyone of an important new pest management tool we have at our disposal.

Thanks to the hard work of Cary Gates at Flowers Canada Growers, and OMAFRA’s Jim Chaput, Beleaf (flonicamid) can now be used as a drench on greenhouse-grown ornamentals and cut flowers.

Read on for more details regarding the expanded label and potential phytoxicity issues.

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How can we best protect Canada’s floriculture industry from pest threats? Have your opinion heard.

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Impatiens Downy Mildew – an example of a recent threat to Canada’s floriculture industry.

The CFIA is looking for input from growers by April 30th to help develop a national strategy for protecting Canada’s agriculture from new and emerging risks.

Having YOUR voice heard is easy.  Read on to learn how to get involved.

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Take advantage of Growing Forward 2 Funding for Energy Savings!

What is happening?

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Cost-share Funding Assistance Program for Producers is now offering new support for farmers to make changes in their farming operation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This is to support producers to transition to low carbon production and encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation on-farms.

Why should you care? One of the new Best Management Practices is especially applicable to greenhouses – A13: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from indoor agriculture facilities.  

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A Grower and A Scientist Walk into a Bar…at the June “Integrated Control in Protected Crops” IOBC Meeting.

To find out the punchline to this joke, you’ll have to attend the Grower Session of the upcoming IOBC “Integrated Control in Protected Crops” Meeting on June 7, 2017 in Niagara Falls.  Read on for details.

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