Valent, the manufacturers of Presidio fungicide have been granted a label expansion for control of downy mildew on field and greenhouse basil, and downy mildew of hops. The expansion also includes suppression of Phytophthora blight and pod rot and downy mildew on edible podded beans in Canada.
Minecto Pro is registered in potatoes for control of Colorado potato beetle, European corn borer, spider mite, potato psyllid and flea beetle. It’s also registered to control labelled pests in apples, pears and various vegetable crops.
This ‘fruitful’ research collaboration between Moyers Apple Products and Prof. Keith Warriner produced a method to inactivate pathogens on apples that was more effective and product-friendly than washing. Implementing the proactive measure also increased market share.
The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers has recognized the efforts of Ken Forth, chair of several labour committees and organizations, for his untiring work. He’s the 2018 recipient of the Industry Builder Award.
The feds have announced up to $5 million for an 'automation cluster' led by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Research will focus on robotic harvesters for greenhouse cucumbers, wireless irrigation for flowers and vegetables, and sensors for soil and air moisture. Ag minister Lawrence MacAulay and fellow MPs were on hand for the announcement.
Risk management is a priority for fresh vegetable growers, whether that’s in new equipment or crop insurance. Broccoli grower Kenny Forth reviewed the results of his new Plant Tape transplanting system at the recent annual general meeting of Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario.
Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is in its 18th year, and features a wide lineup of horticultural experts, educational sessions, trade show exhibitors and great networking opportunities. It runs Feb 20-21, 2019 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Loblaw is opening its PC Insiders program to all 16 million PC Optimum loyalty members. The annual subscription fee earns free pick-up, shipping, and savings on selected President’s Choice items. It’s a significant move, taking on Amazon.
CanAgPlus held its annual general meeting December 6, 2018, electing four directors to the board that oversees the CanadaGAP program. Stephanie Lariviere becomes chair and Scott Wright becomes vice-chair.