This post was written by Fadi Al-Daoud and Cara McCreary, greenhouse vegetable specialists with OMAFRA, and originally appeared on the ONgreenhousevegetables blog.
The quality of water and nutrient solution used in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) production systems, such as greenhouses and vertical farms, is one of the most important factors that affect plant health and yield. Growers monitor water and nutrient solution quality by sending samples for analysis to determine the levels of nutrients and salts. They also use sensors to monitor pH and electrical conductivity (EC) regularly to determine necessary adjustments for the nutrient solution. Growers may also analyze the microbiome, the genetic material of all the bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live in their water and nutrient solution, to evaluate levels of harmful pathogens, such as Pythium and Phytophthora species that cause root rot.
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.
Along with a demonstration of new cultivars grown under Ontario conditions (to help you to decide for 2018), there will be talks on best management practices for starting and finishing your crop by experts at Selecta and Syngenta.
We will also discuss the dreaded Bemisia whitefly managment, both from a chemical and biocontrol perspective. I’m sure a lively discussion about this will follow!
Registration for the event is not required and a free lunch will be provided. Here’s the times of the various presenters:
The summer of 2016 was unusually dry across much of the Niagara Region. Prolonged dry conditions highlighted the need for access to irrigation water and the consequences of inadequate irrigation on crop production.
A number of grower organizations, working together with Niagara Region, were approved for a Growing Forward 2 grant to develop an Irrigation Strategy Action Plan for Niagara. The focus of this work is on farmland used for horticultural production, including grapes, tender fruit, nursery and greenhouse production, below the escarpment. The work is important for the future of your farm and your neighbours. Continue reading “Participate in Developing an Irrigation Strategy for Niagara”→