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  • Mancozeb and metiram update

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

  • Late blight confirmed in Ontario

    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. 

  • Delegate label expanded

    Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

  • BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

    On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

  • Alex McKay and Jordan McKay
    Outstanding Young Farmers

    Brothers Alex and Jordan McKay have won the 2018 Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer competition. They will compete at the national competition in Winnipeg from November 29 to December 2. 

  • Chris Van de Laar
    2018 Grape King named

    The Grape Growers of Ontario and Farm Credit Canada have announced that Chris Van de Laar of Niagara-on-the-Lake has been chosen by his peers as the 2018 Grape King. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Peter, who won the same distinction in 1985. 

  • John Barlow to shadow labour ministry

    As fall swings into gear, watch for changes at the federal level in the Conservative shadow cabinet. Alberta MP John Barlow is moving from agriculture to the ministry of employment, workforce development and labour.    

  • Albert Van Oosten stands in front of an Agrifac sprayer.
    Specialty Veg Equipment expands

    Specialty Vegetable Equipment plans to open a bricks-and-mortar storefront near Norwich, Ontario in the spring of 2019. The partnership between Streef Produce and Albert Van Oosten is expanding, following the trend to labour-saving machinery.

  • Walmart to buy Tesla trucks

    Walmart Canada is purchasing 40 Tesla semis for use at distribution centres in Mississauga, Ont. and Surrey B.C.  The retailer is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by powering its entire fleet with renewable energy by 2028.

  • The biometrics process

    Growers who rely on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program should be aware that a biometrics initiative is expanding beyond Jamaica to more countries. To accommodate this initiative, Service Canada is suggesting that any farm employer who requires workers in January or February 2019 should apply for workers as soon as possible.

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  • Drones: toys or tools?

    Kate VanderZaag and her husband Peter have been experimenting with a drone on their 1,800 acres of owned and rented land near Alliston, Ontario. They share an insightful experience. 

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Walmart to buy Tesla trucks

Walmart Canada is purchasing 40 Tesla semis for use at distribution centres in Mississauga, Ont. and Surrey B.C.  The retailer is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by powering its entire fleet with renewable energy by 2028.

Outstanding Young Farmers

Brothers Alex and Jordan McKay have won the 2018 Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer competition. They will compete at the national competition in Winnipeg from November 29 to December 2. 

2018 Grape King named

The Grape Growers of Ontario and Farm Credit Canada have announced that Chris Van de Laar of Niagara-on-the-Lake has been chosen by his peers as the 2018 Grape King. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Peter, who won the same distinction in 1985. 

National Apple Breeding Consortium

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