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. 

Ontario apple growers, father-daughter duo Charles and Courtney Stevens of Wilmot Orchards located in Newcastle, Ont., were recently featured in Andrew Campbell’s video series called The Dinner Starts Here as he tours 52 Canadian farms in 52 weeks.

 

Hazelnuts near harvest

Federal funding of almost half a million dollars will help boost Ontario’s fledgling hazelnut industry.  To date, about 300 to 400 acres are in the ground, but the first sizeable harvest isn’t expected until 2021.

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

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

Rick Mercer, a Canadian comedian and television personality released a “rant” on the Liberal government’s tax plans. He makes specific mention on how the proposed plans could impact farmers. Click here to watch. 

We have been following Andrew Campbell’s video series called The Dinner Starts Here as he tours 52 Canadian farms in 52 weeks. Of particular interest to us are his visits to fruit and vegetable farms. In his most recent stop, he went to Jason Verkaik’s farm called Carron Farms located in the Holland Marsh.

  L-R: Karel de Bruijn and Ron Van der Knaap, Van der Knaap Group), John Ketler and Frank Neufeld, NatureFresh Farms.

Growing peppers organically can be achieved above the soil with a new nutritional solution developed in the Netherlands. NatureFresh Farms, headquartered in Leamington, Ontario has signed an agreement with the Van der Knaap Group to use the patented cultivation system.

Despite the challenging spring and summer, there were still stories to tell at the Muck Crops Research Station (MCRS) Grower Field Day held on September 7 in Bradford, ON. Approximately 120 growers, industry representatives, government representatives, and research staff attended the day which included field and storage variety trials, research trials, and coffee and lunch socials. 

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