Charles Stevens, right, discusses future of the apple industry with researcher Dr. Daryl Somers, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

A July 14 fire at Westmoreland-TopLine Farms, Leamington, Ontario is being blamed on a discarded cigarette with damages being estimated at $2.3 million. Firefighters battled extreme heat conditions during the area’s heat wave.

Belinda Kemp, senior oenologist, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

Researchers and winemakers converge on Niagara region July 20-22 for the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. Ontario will be extolling the virtues of its own vintners of this important grape variety. Belinda Kemp, CCOVI senior oenologist, will have a front row seat. 

Nova Scotia was hit with a severe cold snap in early June causing varying crop losses in wild blueberries, potatoes, grapes and other commodities. In response, the Canadian government is triggering the late participation mechanism under AgriStability. 

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.