Success Stories

App tracks greenhouse energy to determine efficiencies

Challenge: Integrating sources of greenhouse-specific data to improve energy decision-making Solution: Test precision software in commercial settings and optimize software Impact: Novel tool that will support grower energy management capabilities David Arkell knows the appetite for local food produced year-round is only getting bigger. The President and CEO of 360…

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“Pivotal” research for new market

Agricultural company Northern Hemp Specialists Ltd. works with clients on finding organic solutions for growth and pathogen resistance for all plants, trees, ornamental flowers and even vineyards. More recently, they’ve found a customer base from medical and recreational cannabis growers, a sector that requires chemical and solvent-free organic soil products.

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Go-to-market research for new agriculture product

Researchers Christine George and Derek Schulze with AETIC are shown evaluating the performance of hydrangeas at Kamps Hydrangea farm in Vineland. These blue-flagged hydrangeas have been amended with varying levels of zeolite as part of a trial with International Zeolite Corp. currently in progress.

Zeolite is one of nature’s more multifaceted minerals. With its microporous honeycomb structure, the volcanic mineral acts as both a natural filter used in water and air purification and an absorbent utilized by the agriculture industry to modulate water and nutrients…

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Resource Recovery and Inedible Biomass Management in High-Intensity Urban Vertical Farming Applications

By Ajwal Dsouza, graduate researcher, University of Guelph, Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility Challenge: How can a grower manage inedible, organic waste from crop production? Solution: Developed, tested compost methods under controlled environmental conditions to maximize resource recovery Impact: New method improves sustainability, increases circularity of resource use (water, nutrients,…

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Growing trial of greenhouse waste could help open new markets

Challenge: How best to recycle a non-biodegradable mineral wool product used in greenhouse production? Solution: Test compost production using different mixtures as a bulking agent Impact: Extend life of landfill resources, improve sustainability by recycling of resource Researchers from Niagara College’s Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre (AETIC) have played…

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NC researchers validate vertical growing system for commercialization

Challenge: How can we make a vertical growing system more efficient? Solution: Developed, tested new racking system/design Impact: New design reduces water usage, increases grower yield and profitability For more than 50 years, Beamsville, Ont.’s Zwart Systems has been designing and manufacturing custom horticultural technology solutions for the greenhouse industry…

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