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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.

Update: mancozeb and metiram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

Apple growers were challenged with frost June 4, though it’s too early to assess the overall damage. Orchards had ideal pollination weather during the annual Apple Blossom Festival May 23-28, before temperatures dropped to -3°C and -4°C. 

Ontario beekeepers have experienced hive losses on a grand scale. The recent Ontario Beekeepers’ Association survey of almost 900 members noted that seven out of 10 beekeepers suffered losses. One in three members (32 per cent) reported colony losses of 70 per cent or more. 

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

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Asia Fruit Logistica award

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Sour reaction to Mexican trade pact

Fruit and vegetable growers in Georgia and Florida expressed dismay at the recent U.S. trade agreement with Mexico. Their statements reveal the complex nature of agricultural trade.  

Drones for crop protection

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U.S. and Mexico agree on NAFTA

A trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico has been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is encouraged with the pending movement towards a trilateral deal. 

Red Delicious bows to Gala

After 50 years, the Red Delicious variety falls to second place in the U.S., as Gala takes number one spot.  That’s just one highlight of the U.S. Apple Outlook Conference.

With the recent announcement by President Donald Trump that tariffs will be imposed on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada, the Canadian government may retaliate with a list of its own, which includes pickling cucumbers. If Washington doesn’t repeal, Ottawa is prepared to levy $16.6 billion in surtaxes. 

Summer’s high temperatures and humidity can cause heat stress in workers, out in the field and those working indoors. Learn the warning signs and symptoms and how to protect your workers from heat stress.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their commitment to work together to address key safety issues affecting Ontario farmers, agriculture employees and farm families.

RELATED NEWS

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.

Update: mancozeb and metiram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

RELATED NEWS

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.

Update: mancozeb and metiram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

By the end of May, Ontario producers participating in the Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) Program for Edible Horticulture will have received their second government contribution for the 2017 program year. 

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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.

  • P & P Optica partners with venture fund

    Hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence are improving food safety. A Waterloo, Ontario-based company is in the forefront of these waste-reducing technologies. 

  • 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

A group of Canadian apple researchers, growers and marketers have joined forces to give one of Canada’s oldest and most famous fruit crops some new crunch in the marketplace.

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