GCII: Phase II Approved Projects
- GCII 0005 - Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is receiving $106,400 to test a handheld Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a non-invasive disease detection tool in greenhouse vegetable operations. This project will aim to use established MRI technology to assist in decision making, such as early disease detection and post-harvest quality. By studying disease progression non-invasively under different conditions and measuring structural changes, measurements needed to identify the disease and progression level in the field will be established. Applied to post-harvest quality, shelf-life will become easier to determine, which will ensure better quality produce is available to consumers.
- GCII 0009 - Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is receiving $149,634 to develop a cost-effective anti-viral coating technology to treat tools and surfaces to reduce the spread of plant and human viruses in greenhouses, including COVID-19. This technology will help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and enhance biosecurity.
- GCII 0008 - Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is receiving $100,000 to develop innovative approaches to reduce nutrient and metal losses from stormwater management facilities through both ‘in-situ’ processes and validation of solutions that include absorbent materials for rapid response strategies to control releases. The project will provide improved estimates of nutrients and metals released from greenhouse operations, identify potential legacy input sources (released from bed sediments of the drains and the creek) and develop ‘best-practices’ for ‘in-situ’ reduction strategies and engineered solutions (absorbent materials) for rapid response to environmental release.
- GCII 0012 - Under Sun Acres Inc., in partnership with the University of Windsor, is receiving $70,225 to evaluate the use of a deep stormwater pond for storage of cold water that will be used to control greenhouse irrigation temperatures. This project is being developed in partnership with the University of Windsor and will help determine the cooling capacity of the pond on a daily and annual basis – information that a greenhouse of any size can use to appropriately size their own stormwater management ponds.
- GCII 0017 - Flowers Canada (Ontario) is receiving $89,013 to help the greenhouse sector optimize dehumidification systems to achieve energy recovery savings and improve successful plant production at greenhouse floriculture operations.
- GCII 0018 - Walker Environmental Group, in partnership with the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, is receiving $80,773 to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate possible collection strategies and processing options for spent Rockwool® in the Leamington/ Kingsville area and to test the efficacy of Walker’s compost process to inactivate viruses, such as Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), in spent Rockwool® and other greenhouse waste. This project could effectively divert thousands of tonnes of organic waste from landfills in Ontario each year and contribute to a circular economy.
Production and Market Development Projects
- GCII 0005 - Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, in partnership with Blue Radix, is receiving $148,100 to customize their autonomous greenhouse management system, Crop Controller, to the needs of Ontario growers. Crop Controller helps to set-up a crop growth plan with optimal target conditions for energy, climate, irrigation, nutrient management, disease protection, and labour. This project will demonstrate the autonomous system to help growers better understand its value and adopt this new technology in their operations to ultimately increase productivity and energy and labour efficiencies while maximizing production.
- GCII 0006 - Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is receiving $196,969 to demonstrate the benefit of a smart electronic nose technology for pest management, autonomous monitoring and scouting, and food and package’s health and safety. This proposed smart artificial sensor technology can improve greenhouse production efficiency and eliminate the need for manual scouting, hence reducing manual labour needs by enabling a continuous and highly sensitive pest detector using artificial intelligence. Adoption of such autonomous farm-level diagnostic tools improves plant health and will lead to reduced pesticide interventions and improved crop quality and yield.
- GCII 0014 - Great Lakes Greenhouses Inc., in partnership with Koidra Inc. and the Harrow Research and Development Centre, is receiving $547,720 to use artificial intelligence to develop an autonomous grower technology that will enhance environmental sustainability, accelerate transition to year-round production, support crop diversification and improve long-term resiliency and competitiveness of the sector. The technology will allow greenhouse operators to remotely grow cucumbers and eggplant crops, reducing in-person contact and allowing them to manage more sites remotely.
- GCII 0016 - Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is receiving $213,750 to investigate consumer grocery purchasing patterns in the United States of America and how they have been altered by COVID-19. The majority of Ontario greenhouse vegetables are exported to the USA and this project will help expand the USA market for Ontario greenhouse vegetable producers.
- GCII 0019 - Allegro Acres Inc., in partnership with Golden Jem Produce, the Harrow Research and Development Centre, University of Windsor, and Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, is receiving $999,345 to test, on a commercial scale, the impact of up to 24 hours continuous light of low intensity lighting, which will reduce electricity consumption during peak hours and improve energy efficiency in greenhouse vegetable production.
- GCII 0020 - Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is receiving $914,309 to create a mobile, responsive labour force to provide an additional reserve of highly trained local labour that can be shared to help to fill emergency gaps. This world-class labour solution will help provide reliable Greenhouse Crop Technicians (GCT’s) for the members of this organization.