Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, Bill George, vice chair, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association; Matthias Oppenlaender, chair, Grape Growers of Ontario.

More than wine grapes were on the menu when Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne visited a Beamsville-area vineyard recently. The effects of proposed minimum wage increases were center plate.

The American, Canadian and Mexican flags represent billions in trade.

With a tough round of NAFTA renegotiations concluded in Washington, talks move to Mexico in a later than anticipated fifth round on November 17-21.

McCain Foods officials opened the expanded processing line on October 19.

McCain Foods opens its expanded processing line in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. That’s good news for local growers with a need for an additional 4,000 acres of potatoes.

Vineland’s newest Innovation Report features sweet potatoes.

Jim Brandle, CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre reflects on a decade of success, from a one-acre collaborative greenhouse technology centre to automation using robots. In the near future, expect a new sweet potato variety.  

Debbie Inglis, director, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

What sensory cues might encourage consumers to buy a Canadian wine? That’s part of the research to be explored in a one-of-a-kind, mediated-reality wine laboratory in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The Ambrosia apple is known for its sweet, almost honey-like flavour.

The Ambrosia apple, discovered in the 1990s as a chance seedling in Cawston, British Columbia, is now a consumer favourite in Canada. A brand refresh is underway by BC Tree Fruits.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower News is pleased to release its fourth podcast episode with guest Kevin Howe, fruit and vegetable grower and industry leader, Howe Family Farm located in Aylmer, Ontario.

Canada’s potato harvest is almost done with a few regional exceptions. Due to weather and market conditions, Kevin MacIsaac says there are a few unusual movement patterns this year. 

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  • Andrew Dornan, agronomic development manager, horticulture for Bayer CropScience, is pictured at a 2017 Ontario field day. 
    Bayer’s pipeline

    New products, relevant to horticulture, are in the pipeline for 2018 and beyond.

  • Brown rot on peach (L) and nectarine.
     Rovral registered

    The registration of Rovral WP for nectarines adds another fungicide in the arsenal to prevent resistance.

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    Fungicide for celery leaf curl 

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Switch fungicide for control of anthracnose (leaf curl) on celery in Canada. Switch fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

  • Bacterial leaf spot on lettuce
    Bacterial leaf spot

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Confine Extra fungicide for suppression of bacterial leaf spot (Xanthomonos campestris pv vitians) in Canada. Confine Extra fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for several different diseases.

  •  Trucks wait to be weighed at the Sun-Brite plant for processing tomatoes, Leamington, ON.  Photo by Glenn Lowson
    New OPVG directors 

    A newly constituted board of directors meets for the first time to chart the course for Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable industry.

  • Guelph names new associate vice-president of research

    The University of Guelph has appointed a new associate vice-president research (agri-food partnership). Prof. Beverley Hale has been appointed to the role effective Jan. 1, 2018 for a five-year term.

  • The November 2016 cover story in The Grower earned a gold award in the news photograph category of the annual awards of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.
    The Grower wins awards

    The Grower, with a track record of 138 years as a horticultural publication, is never too old for awards. We’re proud to share the back stories of two awards from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. 

  • The Kniaziew Family left to right (back):  Jordan Kniaziew, Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Pauline Kniaziew, Kirstie Kniaziew, Duffy Kniaziew.  (Front): Tomas Kniaziew, Sian Kniaziew & Lincoln Kniaziew
    Kniaziew Family recognized

    An Ontario greenhouse operation, the Kniaziew Family, founders of Orangeline Farms and Zing! Health Forward in Leamington, Ont., were one of 11 Ontario Farm Family Award winners honoured at the 100th annual International Plowing Match held in Walton, Ont.

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Premier visits vineyard

More than wine grapes were on the menu when Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne visited a Beamsville-area vineyard recently. The effects of proposed minimum wage increases were center plate.

Accident on Ontario potato farm

Machinery must be respected, good weather or bad.

NAFTA pushed into 2018 

With a tough round of NAFTA renegotiations concluded in Washington, talks move to Mexico in a later than anticipated fifth round on November 17-21.

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McCain Foods opens its expanded processing line in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. That’s good news for local growers with a need for an additional 4,000 acres of potatoes.

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Canadian government backs down on its harshest tax reforms.  

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