How do you get help in this day and age when your extension agent or consultant can’t just pop into your greenhouse and look at a problem with you? Although nothing can replace seeing an issue first-hand, there is still a way to get help with your pest and production issues from a distance.
This post will give you tips on key information you need to send, and how to take good photos, to make getting quick and accurate answers from experts easier via email or messaging.
This is the second blog post in a series about water sanitation. The goal of this series is to get you reflecting on your own irrigation system before you are faced with a problem. Posts over the next few weeks will focus on identifying problems, interpreting lab tests, on-farm disease monitoring, and water treatment options. These will be good refresher resources, so make sure to bookmark them.
When it comes to talking about disease-related issues in greenhouse crops, one point of confusion is often oven WHICH pathogens CAN be transmitted by water. Some are obvious – we all know Pythium is water-borne. But what about other culprits, like Fusarium or Erwinia? Should you worry about these in your recirculating water?
Read more to find out when to suspect your irrigation water versus other factors when it comes to disease.
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Dr. Chevonne Dayboll is the Greenhouse Floriculture Specialist for OMAFRA. Her work covers ornamental production and the greater greenhouse environment.
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Eco Habitat will be hosting it’s annual workshop on greenhouse IPM on March 5th in Vineland, so mark your calendars! This year’s theme is “Achieving Sustainable Biocontrol”, and includes guest speakers discussing how pest monitoring software can improve your IPM program. Keep reading for all the details.
Continue reading “Upcoming Greenhouse IPM Workshop: Sustainable Biocontrol”
With the holiday season over, it’s time to turn our attention to Spring bedding crops. Although here for a brief window, the diversity of these crops means you’re bound to encounter some sort of disease and insect problems.
One way you can head off issues is to plan and prepare now. This post has important tips on sanitation for common spring crop diseases, dips and early sprays to prevent key pests, as well as tips on where to spend your biocontrol dollars.
Continue reading “Preventing Issues in Your Spring Crops: Sanitation, Dips and Bio Tips.”
Starting on January 8, 2020, producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership . The deadline for applying is January 20th.
Similar to previous programs (such as Growing Forward 2), this is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that will support Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.
Keep reading for more information on this program, or talk to your local OMAFRA or OSCIA representative.
Continue reading “Cost-share funding open to Canadian growers January 8th”
Tomatoes infected with the Rugose virus. Photo courtesy of HortiDaily.
By now, you may of heard of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), referred to more simply as “Rugose”. It is a viral disease that predominately impacts tomato plants, but also peppers, leaving fruit damaged and unmarketable.
It was first detected in Israel in 2014 but has now been found in parts of North America.
If you are a Canadian ornamental grower that ALSO grows tomato liners as part of your spring crop selection, or if you grow ORNAMENTAL PEPPERS, here is what you need to know regarding Rugose symptoms, prevention and more importantly, regulations.
Continue reading “The Rugose Virus Threat – Will it Affect Your Spring Crops?”