The B.C. wine industry is challenged on all sides this spring – first with Alberta’s wine boycott and now with American desires to access grocery store channels.  The U.S. has requested a dispute settlement panel under the World Trade Organization.

Ideal conditions for the bloom and post-bloom period lead to BC Tree Fruits Cooperative’s estimate of a record cherry crop for 2018. If weather holds, 12 million pounds may come to market.

Galen Weston, CEO of Loblaw Companies, spoke at the Arrell Food Summit about the future of food on May 24. He’s promising a closer relationship with Canada’s agricultural producers.

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New Brunswick potato seeding underway

The historic floods of the Saint John River have been devastating in southern reaches of New Brunswick – Fredericton and Moncton -- but have had no effect on potato growers at higher elevations. 

China intensifies inspections

Tensions are growing between China and the U.S. as increased inspections of fruit have on-the-ground implications. A U.S. Apple representative explains the ripple effects. 

Update: E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce

One death in California has been attributed to the E.coli outbreak in romaine lettuce, traced to a farm in Yuma, Arizona. As of May 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict more reports of sickness. 

Canada Pavilion Program

For export-ready companies looking to expand beyond North America, there’s assistance from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. Seven international shows will be supported as part of the Canada Pavilion Program. 

Fruit Logistica 2018

For a taste of global trends, fly to Berlin. It’s the host of Fruit Logistica 2018.

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Behind the scenes with Danny Mucci

The Grower goes Behind the Scenes of the April cover to gain insight from Danny Mucci. What’s the science behind indoor-grown strawberries? Is the market sustainable for future expansion? The president of Mucci Farms shares his forecast for the future of this new crop. 

Jason Deveau offers tips for spray season

Jason Deveau, OMAFRA application technology specialist, reveals the motivation for a new video, Micron Woman. It’s the best educational tool yet to see how a droplet of pesticide behaves once it leaves the spray nozzle. 

"Behind the Scenes" Kate Vander Zaag puts drones to use on her potato farm

Growers and researchers are giving a thumbs-up to drones which can be used for aerial surveillance of crop problems that scouts miss on the ground.

Kyle Wynette discusses selling hops to craft brewers

Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21 in Niagara Falls. 

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New control for woolly apple aphid

Closer insecticide has received PMRA approval for control of woolly apple aphid.

Artificial intelligence in greenhouses

Montreal’s local start-up, Motorleaf, will use a $2.85M investment to further develop the company’s machine-learning algorithms and environmental grow sensors that predict the yield of crops for greenhouse vegetable production.

Swede midge survey

A University of Vermont researcher is conducting a Swede midge survey.  

Expanded label for Closer insecticide

Closer insecticide receives new label registration for control of Campylomma (mullein bug). It’s another tool to use in rotation of crop protection products in apple orchards.  

Chlorothalonil decision

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has announced revisions to the use of chlorothalonil, the active ingredient in fungicides such as Bravo and Echo. The number of applications for potatoes, for example, will be reduced from 12 to three per year. 

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BASF acquisitions

BASF signs agreement to acquire additional seeds and crop protection businesses and assets from Bayer.

Artificial intelligence in greenhouses

Montreal’s local start-up, Motorleaf, will use a $2.85M investment to further develop the company’s machine-learning algorithms and environmental grow sensors that predict the yield of crops for greenhouse vegetable production.

Swede midge survey

A University of Vermont researcher is conducting a Swede midge survey.  

Expanded label for Closer insecticide

Closer insecticide receives new label registration for control of Campylomma (mullein bug). It’s another tool to use in rotation of crop protection products in apple orchards.  

Chlorothalonil decision

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has announced revisions to the use of chlorothalonil, the active ingredient in fungicides such as Bravo and Echo. The number of applications for potatoes, for example, will be reduced from 12 to three per year. 

 Jackie and Jim Rowe are a grower-marketing duo inspiring a value-added garlic industry in Ontario. With a number of key relationships with other growers and food processors, they are methodically building a dependable supply of garlic products year-round. It starts with these garlic scapes harvested in mid-June at Hensall, Ontario.

Ontario craft cider producers are estimated to have topped three million litres in 2017. In the LCBO’s cider category, Ontario’s craft cider has gone from seven per cent to 11.5 per cent of the category in just one year, strong growth considering it surfaced only 5 years ago.

Improved advocacy, member benefits and operational efficiencies drive decision for amalgamation between Food and Beverage Ontario and Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors’ Association.

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  • CPMA Booth Awards

    This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

  • Murray Driediger
    Canadian Produce Person of the Year

    One of British Columbia’s produce leaders in both fruits and vegetables, Murray Driediger, is honoured with The Packer’s Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  

  • Scott Fairbairn
    CPMA Convention Awards

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognized industry leaders at the 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia this past week. As part of the Convention program, awards were given to industry leaders for their ongoing commitment to the produce industry in Canada – and the overall health of Canadians.

  • Christine Schoonderwoerd
    Farm & Food Care Ontario board

    Farm & Food Care Ontario elects 2018-2019 board of directors. Christine Schoonderwoerd moves into the role of chair. 

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U.S. challenges access to BC wine market

The B.C. wine industry is challenged on all sides this spring – first with Alberta’s wine boycott and now with American desires to access grocery store channels.  The U.S. has requested a dispute settlement panel under the World Trade Organization.

BC expects record cherry crop

Ideal conditions for the bloom and post-bloom period lead to BC Tree Fruits Cooperative’s estimate of a record cherry crop for 2018. If weather holds, 12 million pounds may come to market.

Galen Weston on future of food

Galen Weston, CEO of Loblaw Companies, spoke at the Arrell Food Summit about the future of food on May 24. He’s promising a closer relationship with Canada’s agricultural producers.

China accepting U.S. fruit

Chinese inspections of U.S. fruit have returned to normal after a month of shipments detained for seven days.

"Behind The Scenes" Jackie Rowe explains how she markets garlic scapes to retailers

Karen Davidson, editor, talks with Jackie Rowe marketing garlic scapes to retailers.

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