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Guelph Equinox asparagus launched in Europe

Global Plant Genetics has officially launched the Guelph Equinox asparagus variety in Europe. This is a milestone for Fox Seeds of Canada, incorporated in February 2012. 

Plum pox virus eradicated in U.S.

USDA has declared the country free of plum pox virus after a 20-year battle. It’s a huge milestone for the $6.3 billion stone fruit industry. 

Chilean blueberry exports achieve record

The world’s largest exporter of blueberries, Chile, reports that exports will reach record volumes of 115,000 tons in the 2019-2020 season. That’s up four per cent from a year ago. 

Agrizar predicts berry sweet future

Mexico-based Agrizar has committed to grow exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America, a joint venture between Mastronardi Produce Ltd., North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and the UK-based BerryWorld.

Sunions, first tearless onion

Grown in Washington and Nevada, Sunions will be marketed for the first time in western Canada in December 2019. The seed is not available in Canada. 

Where country meets city at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, it’s a great place to taste test varieties of Ontario-grown apples. Is your favourite crunch a Honeycrisp, Ambrosia, Gala or Empire?

Grape Growers of Ontario announced on October 31 that the arbitrator ruled in favour of growers. Prices will differ by varietal, but the overall weighted average increase is 2.87 per cent. 

The Ontario government is helping to deliver agri-food literacy tools for students by funding AgScape. It’s the organization that develops and distributes curriculum-linked learning materials to classrooms. 

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Houwelings defends intellectual property

A United States Court of Appeals has affirmed the validity of Houweling’s UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse patent. 

Plum pox virus eradicated in U.S.

USDA has declared the country free of plum pox virus after a 20-year battle. It’s a huge milestone for the $6.3 billion stone fruit industry. 

Chilean blueberry exports achieve record

The world’s largest exporter of blueberries, Chile, reports that exports will reach record volumes of 115,000 tons in the 2019-2020 season. That’s up four per cent from a year ago. 

Agrizar predicts berry sweet future

Mexico-based Agrizar has committed to grow exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America, a joint venture between Mastronardi Produce Ltd., North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and the UK-based BerryWorld.

Sunions, first tearless onion

Grown in Washington and Nevada, Sunions will be marketed for the first time in western Canada in December 2019. The seed is not available in Canada. 

Oleen Smethurst is known for her quest for flavour. As assistant vice-president, general merchandise manager for produce, Costco Canada, she jets all over the world from Berlin to Bogotá, meeting with growers and seed suppliers. While touring southern Ontario in late August 2019, she visited Martin’s Family Fruit Farm near Waterloo, Ontario.

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Cold comfort, the new standard in root vegetable storage

Quinton Woods, sales and plant operations, Gwillimdale Farms, oversees the second phase of a storage facility near Bradford, Ontario that will be filled with onions and carrots in the fall of 2019. 

Grading peaches by the pixel

New packing lines are revolutionizing how tree-ripened tender fruit can be speedily handled and shipped to consumers. The largest peach grower in Ontario, the Tregunno family, installed a Spectrim vision system three years ago at the farm near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Ryan Tregunno stays sharp for 10 weeks as traffic controller in his computer pit above the lines of peaches and nectarines.

On top of the latest labour-saving equipment

Carrot, parsnip and onion grower Doug Van Luyk is one of those in the Holland Marsh who has expanded to 500 acres in both muck and mineral soils with the help of labour-saving technology. Here, his son Bradley stands on top of a self-propelled, two-row carrot harvester near Newmarket, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Spearheading change with asparagus allies

For the last two years, Rebecca Compton has chaired the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario through a challenging marketing period. While managing 60 acres and an on-farm retail outlet, Big Red Barn near Delhi, Ontario, she encourages her young children – Sable and Anson – to be at home in the field.

Breeding local apples for multiple micro-climates

Many apple growers are converting to high-density orchards with top-selling consumer favourites:  Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Gala. The search for new varieties is arduous as Cathy McKay, vice-chair of the Ontario Apple Growers, attests. She’s been one of the champions of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium.

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  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Alberta spud crop is down

The weather has won this fall’s battle writes Terence Hochstein, executive director, Potato Growers of Alberta. He predicts about 7,500 acres are affected in southern Alberta.  

Ontario Legislative Assembly wines named for 2020

The 41st annual wine tasting event, held at Queen’s Park October 30, named the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2020. For red wine, it’s Three Dog Winery 2017 Dog House Red and for white wine, it’s Vineland Estates Winery 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay. 

Manitoba agriculture minister named

Former farmer Blaine Pedersen is the new minister of agriculture and resource development.

Streamlined CAP process for Ontario farmers

Ontario’s ag minister Ernie Hardeman has announced the next intake for Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding will run from January 8 to 29, 2020.  

McCain Foods expands in New Brunswick

McCain Foods has announced $80 million for a new Formed Potato Specialty production line at its existing Grand Falls, New Brunswick plant. 

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