Canada’s apple harvest is estimated to be up 14 per cent from a year ago. Despite wildfires, British Columbia’s harvest will be up significantly while Nova Scotia’s will be trimmed due to early June frosts.

British Columbia’s wildfires and at times, scorching temperatures, are presenting management challenges to growers in terms of picking times and maturation rates of fruit.

BC’s hazelnut industry was decimated with eastern filbert blight in the last decade, but is getting new life with provincial funding of $300,000 over three years for a replant program. One of the growers is Helmut Hooge Farm, Agassiz, BC, host of a field day last fall. 

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

As trade wars continue to escalate between the U.S. and China, American farmers are having second thoughts about their political loyalties. A majority still back President Trump, but that support is eroding.  

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. issued a recall on its Baby Spinach with Tender Reds on August 8, 2018 on advice that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency tests had detected potential for Listeria monocytogenes.  

For Keith Wright, his son David and crew of seasonal agricultural workers, the tradition of growing cantaloupes continues with the first harvest anticipated August 7. Located near Harrow in Essex county, they are questioning how long they can continue to ship produce to the Ontario Food Terminal, a four-hour trip, one-way unless returns improve. 

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