REMINDER: Last Chance to Register for March 2nd Greenhouse IPM 101 Workshop (Online)

Need a refresher on IPM for specific pests of floriculture? Want to see how Canada – a world leader in biological control in greenhouse crops – does things?

Then this all day workshop is for you!

Keep reading for the topics we’ll be covering, and how to register. This workshop is applicable to participants from the U.S. and other countries besides Canada.

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Greenhouse IPM 101 Workshop: ZOOM Edition

As we are still mid-pandemic, Eco Habitat’s annual hands-on IPM Workshop will look a bit different this year! 

Still your go-to resource for learning IPM basics, with the help of OMAFRA staff, it’s moving to Zoom!  

Keep reading for the topics we’ll be covering, and how to register.

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Controlled Environment Technology Webinar Series – One to Watch!

The OMAFRA Greenhouse Vegetable Specialist is putting together an exciting webinar series on technology in controlled environments!

This series is relevant to anyone producing in controlled environments – from vegetables, to herbs, cannabis and flowers. The first webinar tackles Artificial Intelligence in these systems. Industry experts from Koidra and Blue Radix — two companies working with Ontario producers — cover integrating AI into production to improve automation, yield and reduce errors. This webinar covers each company’s approach to agricultural AI and provides answers to producer questions.

Details on the first installment of this webinar series can be found below.

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Upcoming Workshop: Greenhouse Energy Savings

Interested in learning the latest opportunities for energy savings in your floriculture greenhouse? Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG), the County of Essex, and Essex Region Conservation are hosting a workshop on January 26th to discuss energy savings in the greenhouse sector, with speakers from CI Energy Conservation, IESO, The University of Windsor, as well as ERCA and OGVG.

Read on for registration info, tentative agenda and an invitation from the organizers:

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Surface Water Quality Management Webinar for Growers – Jan 26

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Dealing appropriately with water issues is arguably one of the most important concerns facing today’s horticultural sector. There are numerous regulations at municipal, provincial and federal levels that govern access to water as well as the implications associated with run-off water.

Growers have responded by constructing elaborate pond and water recycling systems but are now challenged to maintain the quality of water in their pond systems to keep their modern irrigation systems operable.

In this webinar Dr. Jeanine West will share water quality management strategies based on her expertise and preliminary research findings. Time will be allocated for Q&A. Keep reading for registration information.

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Diversifying your Greenhouse Crops with Hothouse Strawberries

Fresh, delicious, hothouse strawberries in the dead of winter…can’t you just taste them?  We would ALL love to see more local strawberries in our grocery stores, wouldn’t we?

Perhaps you’ve thought about growing strawberries in your greenhouse.  Or you’ve dabbled in production already.  Maybe you are a well-seasoned strawberry grower but eager to stay connected and continue learning.

If any of these sounds like you, you’ll want to check out an upcoming course on hydroponic strawberry production by Hort Americas.

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Useful Webinars on Greenhouse Production, 2020: Nutrients, Microbes, Lighting and More!

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In 2020, you don’t have to travel to in-person meetings to get the latest greenhouse information!

Hey Flower growers! One benefit of this digital, stay-at-home age, is the plethora of informative presentations available as Webinars to growers around the world.

This post has a list of several upcoming webinars – both live and recorded – that can help you stay on top of the latest developments in greenhouse production.

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Nutrient Solution Analysis Projects for Greenhouses and Vertical Farms in Ontario (Flowers, Vegetables and Cannabis)

This post was written by Fadi Al-Daoud and Cara McCreary, greenhouse vegetable specialists with OMAFRA, and originally appeared on the ONgreenhousevegetables blog.

Subirrigation in a dutch tray of gerbera plants

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.

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Upcoming Greenhouse IPM Workshop: Sustainable Biocontrol

IPM symposium 2020Eco 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.

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