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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.

Cannabis clouds competitiveness of greenhouse vegetable sector

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable sector is feeling the heat from energy prices to carbon taxes to cannabis conversions. But Duffy Kniaziew, owner, Orangeline Farms, is sticking with what he knows: peppers.

Seasonal workers a win-win, says apple producer

In the Canadian Horticultural Council’s latest video, British Columbia apple grower Nirwal Dhaliwal talks about the importance of international workers, both to running his operation, and personally, as friends and neighbours.

Local Line platform helps market gardener

Organic market gardener Joe Grootenboer moved to the Local Line software platform a year ago. With a customized box program, he has increased the average sale from $19 per week to $27 per week.

Taking the pulse of the Ontario Food Terminal

The Ontario Food Terminal is at the heart of a complex food web. The 40-acre facility, near downtown Toronto, is of interest to the Ontario government which has appointed an agricultural advisory group to look at several provincial issues, including changes to the Ontario Food Terminal network. Bruce Nicholas, general manager, (second from right) and Gianfranco Leo, administration manager (far right) are pictured talking to growers at last year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. 

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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.

Cannabis clouds competitiveness of greenhouse vegetable sector

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable sector is feeling the heat from energy prices to carbon taxes to cannabis conversions. But Duffy Kniaziew, owner, Orangeline Farms, is sticking with what he knows: peppers.

Seasonal workers a win-win, says apple producer

In the Canadian Horticultural Council’s latest video, British Columbia apple grower Nirwal Dhaliwal talks about the importance of international workers, both to running his operation, and personally, as friends and neighbours.

Local Line platform helps market gardener

Organic market gardener Joe Grootenboer moved to the Local Line software platform a year ago. With a customized box program, he has increased the average sale from $19 per week to $27 per week.

Taking the pulse of the Ontario Food Terminal

The Ontario Food Terminal is at the heart of a complex food web. The 40-acre facility, near downtown Toronto, is of interest to the Ontario government which has appointed an agricultural advisory group to look at several provincial issues, including changes to the Ontario Food Terminal network. Bruce Nicholas, general manager, (second from right) and Gianfranco Leo, administration manager (far right) are pictured talking to growers at last year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. 

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Protecting grapevines from pests

Research findings into management of viticultural pests have been summarized for grape growers in a comprehensive field manual entitled Guide to the Key Arthropods of Vineyards of Eastern Canada.

Fungicide best practices to minimize resistance

Canadian growers have a new tool in the fight against fungicide resistance. ManageResistanceNow.ca has added fungicide best practice information to help growers minimize the development of resistance in their crops.

Sivanto Prime insecticide label expanded

Growers of hops now have access to an insecticide for control of leafhoppers on hops in Canada.

Join pest monitoring network

Growers from the Great Lakes and the Maritimes are invited to join a pest monitoring network. Specifically, growers of sweet corn and snap beans will benefit.

Manzate Max fungicide registered

The manufacturers of Manzate Max have been granted registration of their product for control of fungi on apples, potatoes and vegetable crops. The fungicide, a liquid formulation, is targeted at a broad spectrum of key diseases.

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    John Jamieson takes on CEO role

    The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has hired John Jamieson as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Jamieson served as deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, and deputy minister of rural and regional development in Prince Edward Island. He was also a past executive director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture.

  • Dairy farmer is new PEI ag minister

    Bloyce Thompson is adding extra roles to his daily routine of milking Holstein cows. He is Prince Edward Island’s new minister of agriculture and land, justice and public safety and attorney general.

  • Regulatory competitiveness on front burner

    Anne Fowlie, who helmed the Canadian Horticultural Council for 17 years, has been appointed to the federal government’s External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness.

  • Devin Dreeshen
    New ag minister in Alberta

    Devin Dreeshen is the new minister of agriculture and forestry for Alberta. The fifth-generation farmer, 31, is part of Premier Jason Kenny’s new United Conservative Party cabinet.

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High Rise broccoli suited for machine harvesting

The High Rise broccoli series by Seminis Vegetable Seeds Inc. is the winner in the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Science & Technology ‘Circle of Excellence Award.’  Tall, erect stems are a feature worth noting for more labour-saving harvesting.

Agri-Trekking across Ontario - without leaving the classroom

AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the Ontario classroom, announced an educational challenge that will allow teachers and students to trek across the province to learn about local foods, without leaving their classrooms. It’s a great way to celebrate Local Food Week, June 3 to 9, 2019.

Protecting grapevines from pests

Research findings into management of viticultural pests have been summarized for grape growers in a comprehensive field manual entitled Guide to the Key Arthropods of Vineyards of Eastern Canada.

Patience wearing thin in U.S.-China trade war

Many mainstream American commodity groups are worried about China’s May 13 retaliation on an array of goods. Chinese tariffs will rise anywhere from five to 25 per cent on June 1, including frozen vegetables.

Fresh from the Farm aims for 600 participating schools

Now in its seventh year, the Fresh from the Farm program hopes to reach a new enrolment goal of 600 Ontario schools this year. 2019 enrolment is now open.

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