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.

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Guelph names new associate vice-president of research

The University of Guelph has appointed a new associate vice-president research (agri-food partnership). Prof. Beverley Hale has been appointed to the role effective Jan. 1, 2018 for a five-year term.

The Grower wins awards

The Grower, with a track record of 138 years as a horticultural publication, is never too old for awards. We’re proud to share the back stories of two awards from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. 

Kniaziew Family recognized

An Ontario greenhouse operation, the Kniaziew Family, founders of Orangeline Farms and Zing! Health Forward in Leamington, Ont., were one of 11 Ontario Farm Family Award winners honoured at the 100th annual International Plowing Match held in Walton, Ont.

New OPVG appointments 

Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable sector is undergoing governance changes. The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has appointed Suzanne Van Bommel chair of the board for a two-year term and announced four directors.  

2017 Grape King announced

Doug Whitty of Whitty Farms has been named the 2017 Grape King.

RELATED NEWS

New OPVG directors 

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

The Grower wins awards

The Grower, with a track record of 138 years as a horticultural publication, is never too old for awards. We’re proud to share the back stories of two awards from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. 

Kniaziew Family recognized

An Ontario greenhouse operation, the Kniaziew Family, founders of Orangeline Farms and Zing! Health Forward in Leamington, Ont., were one of 11 Ontario Farm Family Award winners honoured at the 100th annual International Plowing Match held in Walton, Ont.

New OPVG appointments 

Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable sector is undergoing governance changes. The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has appointed Suzanne Van Bommel chair of the board for a two-year term and announced four directors.  

2017 Grape King announced

Doug Whitty of Whitty Farms has been named the 2017 Grape King.

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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  • Andrew Dornan, agronomic development manager, horticulture for Bayer CropScience, is pictured at a 2017 Ontario field day. 
    Bayer’s pipeline

    New products, relevant to horticulture, are in the pipeline for 2018 and beyond.

  • Brown rot on peach (L) and nectarine.
     Rovral registered

    The registration of Rovral WP for nectarines adds another fungicide in the arsenal to prevent resistance.

  • ​Celery leaf curl
    Fungicide for celery leaf curl 

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Switch fungicide for control of anthracnose (leaf curl) on celery in Canada. Switch fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

  • Bacterial leaf spot on lettuce
    Bacterial leaf spot

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Confine Extra fungicide for suppression of bacterial leaf spot (Xanthomonos campestris pv vitians) in Canada. Confine Extra fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for several different diseases.

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

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

  • Guelph names new associate vice-president of research

    The University of Guelph has appointed a new associate vice-president research (agri-food partnership). Prof. Beverley Hale has been appointed to the role effective Jan. 1, 2018 for a five-year term.

  • The November 2016 cover story in The Grower earned a gold award in the news photograph category of the annual awards of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.
    The Grower wins awards

    The Grower, with a track record of 138 years as a horticultural publication, is never too old for awards. We’re proud to share the back stories of two awards from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. 

  • The Kniaziew Family left to right (back):  Jordan Kniaziew, Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Pauline Kniaziew, Kirstie Kniaziew, Duffy Kniaziew.  (Front): Tomas Kniaziew, Sian Kniaziew & Lincoln Kniaziew
    Kniaziew Family recognized

    An Ontario greenhouse operation, the Kniaziew Family, founders of Orangeline Farms and Zing! Health Forward in Leamington, Ont., were one of 11 Ontario Farm Family Award winners honoured at the 100th annual International Plowing Match held in Walton, Ont.

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NAFTA pushed into 2018 

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