The PMRA has announced the cancellation of mancozeb, a widely-used fungicide, for all horticultural crops except foliar use on potatoes. The phase-out will take three years. 

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Venture herbicide label expanded

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced the approval of minor use label expansion registrations for Venture L herbicide for control of labeled weeds on rhubarb, the bulb onion subgroup 3-07A, green onions, caneberries subgroup 13-07A and lettuce in Canada.

Entrust and Success insecticide labels expanded

Entrust and Success insecticide labels have been expanded for control of cabbage maggot on greenhouse Brassica transplants in Canada.

Bayer completes Monsanto acquisition

After two years of due diligence and divestments, German-based Bayer will complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7. Monsanto’s name will be retired.

 

Biological control for cabbage looper

New biological product is available for control of cabbage looper in field vegetables.  

PMRA review of captan

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

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MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

Welcome Becky Dumais

The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

CPMA Booth Awards

This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

Canadian Produce Person of the Year

One of British Columbia’s produce leaders in both fruits and vegetables, Murray Driediger, is honoured with The Packer’s Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  

CPMA Convention Awards

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognized industry leaders at the 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia this past week. As part of the Convention program, awards were given to industry leaders for their ongoing commitment to the produce industry in Canada – and the overall health of Canadians.

Peter Chapman

A producer’s role is more than just growing. It’s also about selling what is grown. Preparing well for meetings with category managers can lead to more opportunities at the retail level, says Peter Chapman, retail marketer and consultant at SKUFoods. 

The recent United Potato Growers’ Crop Transition Conference determined that out of the white, yellow, russet and red varieties, there will be an overabundance of old-crop red potatoes during the 12-week transition period. 

A female squash bee is returning to her ground-nest with a full pollen load of pumpkin pollen. Photo by Susan Willis Chan.

June 18-24 is recognized as National Pollinator Week. Although there’s currently a large industry focus on the honeybee, there are many other pollinators that play an important role for vegetable crops, including the squash bee. 

Greg Donald, general manager, Prince Edward Island Potato Board

The International Potato Center (CIP) announced the “Imagine a World without Potatoes” campaign at the 10th World Potato Congress. A marketing specialist framed the campaign as follows: The problem is not that the potato fails to inspire, but that we take it for granted. 

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Maersk Line to Montreal

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

Romaine lettuce story not over

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

China accepting U.S. fruit

Chinese inspections of U.S. fruit have returned to normal after a month of shipments detained for seven days.

New Brunswick potato seeding underway

The historic floods of the Saint John River have been devastating in southern reaches of New Brunswick – Fredericton and Moncton -- but have had no effect on potato growers at higher elevations. 

China intensifies inspections

Tensions are growing between China and the U.S. as increased inspections of fruit have on-the-ground implications. A U.S. Apple representative explains the ripple effects. 

Photo by Glenn Lowson

Farm Credit Canada has partnered with the Do More Agriculture Foundation to form a mental health support network for those coping with mental illness.

L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

RELATED NEWS

OFVGA welcomes crop protection advisor

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has hired Chris Duyvelshoff for the role of crop protection advisor, effective September 4. 

Welcome Becky Dumais

The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

CPMA Booth Awards

This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

Canadian Produce Person of the Year

One of British Columbia’s produce leaders in both fruits and vegetables, Murray Driediger, is honoured with The Packer’s Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  

CPMA Convention Awards

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognized industry leaders at the 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia this past week. As part of the Convention program, awards were given to industry leaders for their ongoing commitment to the produce industry in Canada – and the overall health of Canadians.

Metro Ontario recently held a vendor show-and tell-prior to the next phase of its Local Purchasing Policy. The policy caters to Ontario consumers wanting more locally sourced options in stores. 

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

RELATED NEWS

Imagine a world without potatoes

The International Potato Center (CIP) announced the “Imagine a World without Potatoes” campaign at the 10th World Potato Congress. A marketing specialist framed the campaign as follows: The problem is not that the potato fails to inspire, but that we take it for granted. 

Romaine lettuce story not over

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

China accepting U.S. fruit

Chinese inspections of U.S. fruit have returned to normal after a month of shipments detained for seven days.

New Brunswick potato seeding underway

The historic floods of the Saint John River have been devastating in southern reaches of New Brunswick – Fredericton and Moncton -- but have had no effect on potato growers at higher elevations. 

China intensifies inspections

Tensions are growing between China and the U.S. as increased inspections of fruit have on-the-ground implications. A U.S. Apple representative explains the ripple effects. 

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  • A puzzling ruling on mancozeb

    The PMRA has announced the cancellation of mancozeb, a widely-used fungicide, for all horticultural crops except foliar use on potatoes. The phase-out will take three years. 

  • Venture herbicide label expanded

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced the approval of minor use label expansion registrations for Venture L herbicide for control of labeled weeds on rhubarb, the bulb onion subgroup 3-07A, green onions, caneberries subgroup 13-07A and lettuce in Canada.

  • Entrust and Success insecticide labels expanded

    Entrust and Success insecticide labels have been expanded for control of cabbage maggot on greenhouse Brassica transplants in Canada.

  • Bayer completes Monsanto acquisition

    After two years of due diligence and divestments, German-based Bayer will complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7. Monsanto’s name will be retired.

     

  • Chris Duyvelshoff in ginseng garden
    OFVGA welcomes crop protection advisor

    The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has hired Chris Duyvelshoff for the role of crop protection advisor, effective September 4. 

  • L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.
    MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

    Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

  • Welcome Becky Dumais

    The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

  • CPMA Booth Awards

    This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

Recent News

A puzzling ruling on mancozeb

The PMRA has announced the cancellation of mancozeb, a widely-used fungicide, for all horticultural crops except foliar use on potatoes. The phase-out will take three years. 

OFVGA welcomes crop protection advisor

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has hired Chris Duyvelshoff for the role of crop protection advisor, effective September 4. 

Selling to the seller: being prepared

A producer’s role is more than just growing. It’s also about selling what is grown. Preparing well for meetings with category managers can lead to more opportunities at the retail level, says Peter Chapman, retail marketer and consultant at SKUFoods. 

Potato outlook for reds

The recent United Potato Growers’ Crop Transition Conference determined that out of the white, yellow, russet and red varieties, there will be an overabundance of old-crop red potatoes during the 12-week transition period. 

Recognizing our “other” pollinators

June 18-24 is recognized as National Pollinator Week. Although there’s currently a large industry focus on the honeybee, there are many other pollinators that play an important role for vegetable crops, including the squash bee. 

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