Author Archives: Sarah Jandricic, Greenhouse Floriculture IPM Specialist, OMAFRA

Be part of a conversation that matters: farmer mental health.

Until recently, there wasn’t data about the mental health of Canadian farmers.  Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton and PhD Candidate Briana Hagen of the Ontario Veterinary College are changing that.  Please consider making time to participate in this worthwhile project. Read on … Continue reading

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Thinking ahead: What you can do THIS WEEK to prevent Lewis mite damage in your poinsettias.

2016 turned out to be a bad year for Lewis mite (Eotetranychus lewisi) in poinsettia.  Although it’s too early to say how 2017 is going to go, you should be considering possible preventative measures THIS WEEK for Lewis mite, especially if you … Continue reading

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Update on foxglove aphid control: seeking greenhouse collaborators!

Investigating biocontrol options for our industry is always important, given the lack of registered insecticides in this country.   Currently, we are relying heavily on two closely related chemicals –  Beleaf (flonicamid) and Endeavor (pymetrozine) – for control of the … Continue reading

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Christmas in July: tips for controlling whitefly in poinsettia. (Hint – start now!).

Poinsettias cuttings are here!   They may only in the greenhouse for a relatively short time, but they can have BIG problems compared to other crops.  Not the least of which is Bemisia whitefly: a pest that can be hard to control with natural enemies and can ALSO be resistant to pesticides.  So what’s a grower […]

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REMINDER! Tomorrow is the last day to register for the Grower Session of IOBC

Interested in seeing the latest IPM research from around the world and having your voice heard on important research topics? Then come network with the nerds on June 7th! There will NOT be registration at the door so please register … Continue reading

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Talk to the world’s leading greenhouse IPM researchers on June 7th!

Have pressing pest management questions you can’t get answered?  Looking to see what new strategies are coming down the IPM pipeline?   Then come to the Grower Session of the IOBC Canada 2017 meeting and network with world leaders in the … Continue reading

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Lassoing Loopers: why you NEED to care about caterpillar control

With spring crops behind us and summer approaching, most of you are probably concentrating on the Big 3: thrips, aphids and whitefly.  But recent alerts put out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), bring a new emphasis to … Continue reading

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