As of mid-July, British Columbia’s blueberries are coming into peak season and in Ontario, the hot, dry weather has made for a quick start with very good fruit. There’s been very little pressure from Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) says Dusty Zamecnik, EZ Grow Farms.  

Peter Dhillon, owner of Canada’s largest cranberry farm, is among the five inductees into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame this year. The ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 4. 

Greenhouse giant Mastronardi Produce is expanding into the U.S. The company will operate a state-of-the-art 20-acre greenhouse facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This will be the company’s sixth location. 

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Diplomat 5SC fungicide for control or suppression of various diseases on greenhouse and field grown fruits and vegetables in Canada.

As stone fruit and blueberries come onto market, OMAFRA monitors areas of the province for SWD; its population was much slower to get going in this year compared to 2017, which experts note was an exceptional year.

Loblaw plans to spend $150 million more each year supporting Canadian farmers. The program will help farmers grow exotic and traditionally imported fruits and vegetables on Canadian soil year-round, lessening the need for imports.

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay was accompanied by Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Furh to make further announcements regarding funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network at the Canadian Vintners Association’s AGM.