Ontario’s 200 berry growers will benefit from cost-shared government funding to increase marketing presence, monitor soil health and expand knowledge of crop production.

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QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

The president of Savoura found deceased

The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

Peter Vander Zaag receives award

Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

Passing of Harry McWatters

A legendary pioneer in the British Columbia wine industry has passed. Harry McWatters, 74, celebrated many milestones along the way. 

The U.S. is Ontario’s largest agri-food trading partner, with two-way trade in 2018 valued at $29.6 billion in Canadian funds. Of that, Ontario growers send $1.5 billion of vegetables to southern neighbours. 

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Foliar applied fungicide for garden beets

Tilt 250E foliar fungicide is now registered for control of Cercospora Leaf Spot in garden beets.

EPA approves bee vectoring technology

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first active ingredient, Vectorite, of Bee Vectoring Technologies, based in Mississauga, Ontario. Commercially-reared bumblebees deliver the biopesticide as they visit flowering fruits - a low-cost, waterless method of crop protection.

No carcinogen warning required on glyphosate label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overriding California’s Proposition 65 law that requires warning labels on glyphosate that it is carcinogenic, citing the action as “irresponsible.” Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world.

AXXE broad-spectrum herbicide approved

BioSafe Systems has received approval for foliar spray treatment of a broad range of weeds and grasses in a wide range of crops.

Bayer moves Crop Science HQ to St. Louis

Crop protection giant, Bayer, which bought Monsanto in a mega deal, is moving its crop science headquarters to St. Louis and closing its Research Triangle Park facilities. 

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Arizona adopts new leafy green practices

Arizona growers, who market 52 million cartons of lettuce annually, have adopted more stringent water quality metrics.

Walmart tops global grocers

Walmart is not the top grocery retailer in Canada in sales– Loblaw has that distinction --  but it is globally with in-store net sales of about $503 billion. Of that number, $49 billion is in on-line net sales, a sales channel that’s expected to double in value in the next five years.

Cleaning up after Hurricane Dorian

Damage from Hurricane Dorian’s winds and rains varies depending on crop and location in the Maritimes. Assessments are underway.

Blueberry packaging wins sustainability award

Norwegian’s BAMA Packaging has won Scandinavian’s ScanStar award for paper packaging for blueberries.The shape makes optimal use of packing space in trucks.

U.S. Apple Outlook Conference highlights

Trade tensions and rising tariffs took a big bite out of American apple exports in 2018reducing the value from $1.1 billion in 2017 to $854 million in 2018.Growers are looking to Mexico and Canada to find a home for their 2019 crop. 

The federal government has committed $5 million toward Brock University’s new Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute. Pictured at the announcement from left are Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle, Brock President Gervan Fearon, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute Director Debbie Inglis, Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon, Brock Chemistry Instructor Paul Zelisko and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey.

A $5-million investment by the federal government will allow Brock University to create a landmark facility that will make Niagara a research and innovation leader in bioagriculture, bioscience and chemical manufacturing sectors.

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Arizona adopts new leafy green practices

Arizona growers, who market 52 million cartons of lettuce annually, have adopted more stringent water quality metrics.

Walmart tops global grocers

Walmart is not the top grocery retailer in Canada in sales– Loblaw has that distinction --  but it is globally with in-store net sales of about $503 billion. Of that number, $49 billion is in on-line net sales, a sales channel that’s expected to double in value in the next five years.

Cleaning up after Hurricane Dorian

Damage from Hurricane Dorian’s winds and rains varies depending on crop and location in the Maritimes. Assessments are underway.

Miniature apples win big at Asia Fruit Logistica

A New Zealand company’s bite-sized apples caught the jury’s eye at Asia Fruit Logistica, held September 4-6 in Hong Kong. Rockit Global has won the marketing campaign of the year.

U.S. Apple Outlook Conference highlights

Trade tensions and rising tariffs took a big bite out of American apple exports in 2018reducing the value from $1.1 billion in 2017 to $854 million in 2018.Growers are looking to Mexico and Canada to find a home for their 2019 crop. 

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Miticide for hops

Kanemite miticide label has been expanded for control of spider mites on hops in Canada.

EPA approves bee vectoring technology

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first active ingredient, Vectorite, of Bee Vectoring Technologies, based in Mississauga, Ontario. Commercially-reared bumblebees deliver the biopesticide as they visit flowering fruits - a low-cost, waterless method of crop protection.

No carcinogen warning required on glyphosate label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overriding California’s Proposition 65 law that requires warning labels on glyphosate that it is carcinogenic, citing the action as “irresponsible.” Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world.

AXXE broad-spectrum herbicide approved

BioSafe Systems has received approval for foliar spray treatment of a broad range of weeds and grasses in a wide range of crops.

Bayer moves Crop Science HQ to St. Louis

Crop protection giant, Bayer, which bought Monsanto in a mega deal, is moving its crop science headquarters to St. Louis and closing its Research Triangle Park facilities. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first active ingredient, Vectorite, of Bee Vectoring Technologies, based in Mississauga, Ontario. Commercially-reared bumblebees deliver the biopesticide as they visit flowering fruits - a low-cost, waterless method of crop protection.

RELATED NEWS

Miticide for hops

Kanemite miticide label has been expanded for control of spider mites on hops in Canada.

Foliar applied fungicide for garden beets

Tilt 250E foliar fungicide is now registered for control of Cercospora Leaf Spot in garden beets.

No carcinogen warning required on glyphosate label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overriding California’s Proposition 65 law that requires warning labels on glyphosate that it is carcinogenic, citing the action as “irresponsible.” Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world.

AXXE broad-spectrum herbicide approved

BioSafe Systems has received approval for foliar spray treatment of a broad range of weeds and grasses in a wide range of crops.

Bayer moves Crop Science HQ to St. Louis

Crop protection giant, Bayer, which bought Monsanto in a mega deal, is moving its crop science headquarters to St. Louis and closing its Research Triangle Park facilities. 

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FEATURES

  • Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers names general manager

    The London-Ontario based association, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, has named Keith Robbins to the role of general manager. He starts September 17, 2019. 

  • Dino Farrese (L), 2018-2019 QPMA president presents Pillar of the Industry award to George Pitsikoulis
    QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

    The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

  • Chris Duyvelshoff
    AALP Class 18 announced

    The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

  • The president of Savoura found deceased

    The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

  • 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.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    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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New name for hops competition

The annual hops competition held at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention has a new name: ONHops Brewoff. The feature beer style for 2020 is The Double (aka Imperial) IPA.

Potato harvest underway

The race is on to harvest the Canadian potato crop by early October. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager, United Potato Growers of Canada, shares an in-depth report from a board of directors’ meeting on September 10.

FCC forecasts modest growth in farmland values

Farm Credit Canada is suggesting that farmland values across many regions of the country are showing only modest increases of about three per cent in the first half of 2019.

Highbury Canco signs deal

A multi-year deal with Kraft Heinz Canada ensures that Highbury Canco, its employees and contracted growers in the Leamington, Ontario area will continue producing brands such as Heinz beans, Heinz tomato juice and Classico pasta sauce.

Bioenterprise gets funding to expand

Almost $6.3 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency for southern Ontario will help Bioenterprise create a single-source virtual network. The agency is expected to provide support to 200 businesses.  

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