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Pest Management

Environs Ltd has taken an unique approach in the effort to manage pests within our fields. Traditional methods of applying broad based insecticides are being replaced by more direct, less toxic and appropriate sprays. Creating an environment within our fields that allows beneficial insects to help control pest populations is our mandate.    A change to our pesticide products and a more focused approach to the identification of target pests on host plants has allowed us to improve the overall management of pests within our IPM program.  Additionally, on two of our farms we have planted a perimeter of blue grass  to further assist with creating areas that will act as habitat for  beneficial insects in future years.   As the year progresses I will update our Blog to keep you posted on this approach to managing pests.

 

The photo above (Predatory Stink Bug Attacking Moth Caterpillar) is an excellent example of the natural pest control that occurs within the nursery when pesticide toxicity is low.  Predators attacking pests are happening all day and sometimes at night as well. When excess insecticides are used, natural predators are killed and these interactions may not happen. When predators are not there to keep pests in balance, unnatural outbreaks can occur.

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September Blog

September is shaping up to be the start of a busy fall harvest season.  Thank you again to our customers for your continued support and to our staff for their hard work over the summer months.

Recently, I read an article entitled “A National Strategy for Ornamental Horticulture Research and Innovation”.  This article noted that the ornamental horticulture market in Canada represents $2 billion annually at farm gate and from producer to end consumer, represents $14.48 billion.  That was a much larger number than I had thought the size of the market is.  It also highlights that with this new Strategy they have summarized four goals that they feel our industry should be working on to improve.  As an industry it is very important and it was refreshing to read our sector of the industry is trying to set some targets that will ultimately benefit our industry. If we are as a business sector going to improve and prepare for growth in the future we need to explore and share best practices to improve the strength of our sector. 

I welcome you to review the article at the following link on the Vineland Research Center website below. 

 

http://www.vinelandresearch.com/pub/docs/...

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