Have a greenhouse improvement you need funded? The next Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) intake has been announced

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The next CAP intake for producers, processors and other agri-businesses is March 22 through May 6.

Please see the link here for the news release.

More information will be available on the websites of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Associationand the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on or before March 8, 2019.

Examples of projects that can be funded under CAPS include:

  • Innovative improvements to your greenhouse that promote biosecurity and limit the spread of insect pests from imported plant material
  • Education, planning and training projects that improve plant health
  • Preventing field pests from accessing your crop (e.g. screening)
  • Upgrades to sanitation and work-flow that prevent spread of pathogens
  • and other projects, as long as they promote plant health and safety!

via Next Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) Intake has been Announced — onspecialtycrops

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Webinar Series on Ornamental Disease Control Starts March 14!

Mar 14 Cultural Controls Webinar ArtRankled by root rots? Mystified by mildews? Bothered by Botrytis? We’re here to help!

Greenhouse Canada Magazine and OMAFRA are proud to be co-hosting a webinar series on ornamental disease control.  Running from March to late April, this series covers topics from sanitation measures you should be adding to your management program, to the most effective fungicides for persistent pests like powdery mildew.

Keep reading for our list of dates and exciting speakers.

Continue reading “Webinar Series on Ornamental Disease Control Starts March 14!”

Upcoming Resources for Farmers and Mental Health

stressed farmerIn honour of #bellletstalk day, click here to get an update on “In the Know”, a mental health literacy course designed specifically for farmers.   The pilot course will  soon be available by researchers at the University of Guelph.

You may remember last year’s post on some of their stunning research; like how 45% of Canadian farmers indicated they were under high levels of stress and many are suffering from anxiety and depression.   Some of you may even have participated in interviews that will help these researchers in developing online material to support growers.

If you need help TODAY, here are some resources you can reach out to:

Managing Million Bells: 2019 Updates

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This post was originally written by Sarah Jandricic and Chevonne Carlow in 2017. Updates to the post are in blue.

It’s that time of year again, when baskets of Million Bells (Calibrachoa) are going up in the greenhouse.  Here’s how to deal with and prevent some of their most common issues. Continue reading “Managing Million Bells: 2019 Updates”

A New Blog is On the Block for Greenhouse Vegetables!

The family of blogs contributed to by OMAFRA staff has just grown by one more!

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The new ONGreenhouseVegetables blog can be accessed here.  I encourage you to share with your clients, friends and stakeholders growing greenhouse vegetables.  By subscribing to the blog (click the “follow” button), you’ll get the latest news and info on greenhouse veggies straight in your inbox, and can leave feedback to help drive the direction of the blog.

Knowledge About Nematodes: Free Webinar!

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Entomopathogenic nematodes infecting a thrips pupa. Photo courtesy of R. Buitenhuis.

New to nematodes and want to know how they can be successfully used to control thrips, fungus gnats and other pests?  Already using them, and want to get the most out of this IPM tool?  Then check out this webinar from GrowerTalks on Thursday December 13th at 1pm (EST).  

Here, the popular U.S.-based consultant Susanne Wainwright and experts from BASF will discuss Nematode 101 as well as current research and the efficacy of different formulations.   I highly encourage you all to check it out!