It’s that time of year again where two of our biggest crops cross over: fall pot mums and poinsettia. This means growers have to simultaneously keep an eye on the two biggest pests in the industry: thrips (usually western flower thrips) and Bemisia whitefly.
Here’s how things are shaping up with these pests and where they might be going.
Continue reading “What you NEED TO KNOW about Thrips and Whitefly Control: September Update”
Here in Canada, we’ve been talking for years about research on the highly effective method of dipping your poinsettia cuttings in low-risk pesticides to reduce starting whitefly populations.
Thanks to Dr. Rose Buitenhuis (VRIC), Cary Gates (FCO) and BioWorks, the label for BotaniGard WP has now officially been expanded to include dip applications. This now adds to our arsenal (see below for more dip products).
Read on for the current BotaniGard label and how dipping can help improve your Bemisia whitefly program this year, whether you’re using pesticides or biocontrol.
Continue reading “Now’s the Time for Whitefly Prevention: Registered Products for Poinsettia Dips”
ToBRFV is a new virus on the greenhouse scene.
A new, potentially serious plant virus – the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus – is moving through crops across Europe and the U.S. As this virus can affect both tomatoes, peppers, and potentially some floral hosts, OMAFRA is running information workshops in Niagara and Leamington to answer grower questions about potential threats to our industry.
Read on for a description of the virus and workshop dates.
Continue reading “New Virus in Greenhouse Crops: Important Info Sessions Available Tues and Thurs”
We are ecstatic to report that the webinar series “LET’S TALK DISEASE” hosted by Greenhouse Canada Magazine and OMAFRA has had high interest and participation from growers.
Running from March to late April, this series covers topics from sanitation measures, to the most effective fungicides for persistent pests like powdery mildew.
Keep reading for and UPDATED list of dates and exciting speakers, and how you can view presentations you might have missed
Continue reading “Updates on Ornamental Disease Webinar Series, “Let’s Talk Disease”.”
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
Rankled 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!”
Thrips tabaci, or Onion thrips. Photo courtesy of Thrips-ID.com.
If you were at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference (or are regularly reading this blog!) you’d know we’ve recently identified Onion thrips as a pest of floriculture crops in Ontario (see this post).
Outside of Ontario? Well, this still may apply to you, as a recent study in France also indicated that up to 47% of pest thrips in floriculture greenhouses were Onion thrips. So, this issue could be wide-spread.
My last post covered the extent of the problem in Ontario’s industry. This post will help you identify if YOU are dealing with Onion thrips (OT) along with Western flower thrips (WFT), and what to do about it.