A new era of plant variety development
Greenhouse Canada Magazine
by Amy Kouniakis
18h ago
A unique service offered by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is ushering in a new era of plant variety development designed specifically for Canadian growers. Vineland’s new consumer-driven plant variety development service aims to eliminate some of the guesswork and inherent risks associated with new variety development all while keeping the needs of Canadian consumers and growers in mind. “We want to get the best varieties into the hands of Canadian producers,” said Travis Banks, Vineland’s director of plant variety development. “A lot of material is developed outside o ..read more
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Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers re-elect board leaders
Greenhouse Canada Magazine
by Kaitlin Secord
18h ago
Feb. 23, 2024 – The chair and vice chair of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association have been re-elected to their positions for another one-year term. The elections were held at a board meeting following the organization’s annual general meeting in Niagara Falls this week. Vegetable grower Shawn Brenn will continue to serve as chair, supported by vice chair Mike Chromczak, an asparagus grower from the Tillsonburg area. Brenn represents the potato sector on the OFVGA board and is also chair of the Ontario Potato Board. Brenn first became chair of OFVGA in 2023 after serving one y ..read more
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CAHRC report projects nearly one-third of agri-workforce to retire by 2030
Greenhouse Canada Magazine
by Kaitlin Secord
4d ago
Feb. 20, 2024 – New data from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has found that by the year 2030, there will be more than 100,000 vacant jobs to fill in the industry. This labour market supply and demand forecast is a study conducted by The Conference Board of Canada, on behalf of CAHRC. CAHRC  found a 15 per cent increase in job vacancies compared to the number of jobs in 2022 that could not be filled by Canadians and residents of Canada. The report, titled Sowing Seeds of Change, states this is due in part to Canada’s aging population as mo ..read more
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Mealybug management
Greenhouse Canada Magazine
by Monica Dick
5d ago
Mealybugs are a common insect pest in greenhouses, causing damage to plants and reducing yields. Mealybugs extract plant fluids through their piercing-sucking mouthparts, leading to stunted growth, yellowing leaves, wilting, and the production of sticky honeydew. Mealybugs can be introduced into greenhouses through tropical, foliage, and succulent plant material shipments, making effective control strategies important. A combination of cultural, insecticidal, and biological management strategies need to be implemented to manage mealybug populations. Identifying mealybugs is relatively easy due ..read more
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Thrips parvispinus Q & A
Greenhouse Canada Magazine
by Monica Dick
1w ago
Greenhouse Canada recently reached out to entomologist Dr. Ken Fry, of Olds College in Alberta, to share some up-to-date insights on one of the newest Thrips species making a pest of themselves in Canadian greenhouses. Here’s what he had to say about this unwanted intruder: 1.What are the primary challenges associated with studying and controlling Thrips parvispinus Dr. Ken Fry: The damage is similar to broad mite damage so it can easily be misdiagnosed. They are very small so may be missed when conducting visual inspections. The larvae prefer young rolled up leaves (newly emerging) therefore ..read more
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Guide to biocontrol agents for greenhouse pests now available
Greenhouse Canada Magazine
by Kaitlin Secord
1w ago
Feb. 15, 2024 – MSU Extension has updated a 16 page guide to biocontrol agents that are commercially available to control greenhouse pests. Developed in collaboration with Kansas State University and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, this resource includes pictures of each organism, their active temperature ranges, and key facts about using biological control. | READ MORE   ..read more
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U of G scholarships to address labour shortages in agri-food sector
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by Kaitlin Secord
1w ago
Feb. 14, 2024 – The University of Guelph (U of G) has introduced three new scholarships designed to “attract top Canadian and international students to the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) to pursue a career in the Canadian agri-food sector.” A $2-million gift from U of G alumnus Andy Wilder (BSc Agr. ‘84) is the source of funding behind these new scholarships, and will create the single largest scholarship offered at U of G, at $80,000. This award, called the Wilder Family Leadership Scholarship, will be awarded to one student each year pursuing an undergraduate degree in OAC who has signif ..read more
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Canadian greenhouse grower takes home two Global Packaging Awards
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by Kaitlin Secord
1w ago
Feb. 12, 2024 – At this year’s PAC Global Awards Competition, Nature Fresh Farms received Best in Class for its HallowYoom® and Award of Distinction for its Organic Greenhouse Berries in the Package Innovation Design – Labels category. For the HallowYoom label, the design team put a Halloween spin on the company’s Yoom® tomato. The Yoom, which is traditionally marketed to the tomato enthusiast for its range of flavours from savoury to fresh, with a hint of plum-like sweetness, was transformed into a Halloween-leaning design. The Organic Greenhouse Berries showcases communication excellenc ..read more
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U of G students demonstrate plant-growth chamber for Canadian Space Agency
Greenhouse Canada Magazine
by Kaitlin Secord
1w ago
Feb. 12, 2024 – The challenge continues for a team of University of Guelph student scientists working on ways to grow food in space. The U of G Canada GOOSE (Growth Options for Outer Space Environments) team was visited by the panel of judges from the CSA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to assess their full-scale plant-growth chamber, one of the final four entries into the Deep Space Food Challenge. Led by PhD candidate Ajwal Dsouza and MSc candidate Jordan Silver, students within the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility, the demonstration showed how it can grow v ..read more
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2024 is the YEAR of the squash
Greenhouse Canada Magazine
by Monica Dick
1w ago
Every year, National Garden Bureau decides which crops to highlight in our “Year of” program. We select plant classes that are popular, or gaining in popularity, are easy to grow and have had some interesting new breeding work of late.  For 2024, we chose squash in the edible category because of the rising interest in home gardening and specifically, culinary gardening. The basic varieties always continue to sell but more and more new gardeners like to grow something unique that is also healthy to consume. Many squash varieties certainly fit that bill! Even better, many squash can be grow ..read more
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