Despite the challenging spring and summer, there were still stories to tell at the Muck Crops Research Station (MCRS) Grower Field Day held on September 7 in Bradford, ON. Approximately 120 growers, industry representatives, government representatives, and research staff attended the day which included field and storage variety trials, research trials, and coffee and lunch socials. 

The November 2016 cover story in The Grower earned a gold award in the news photograph category of the annual awards of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.

The Grower, with a track record of 138 years as a horticultural publication, is never too old for awards. We’re proud to share the back stories of two awards from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. 

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Sponsor announced for First Canadian Honeycrisp Apple Contest

Agro-K, which offers foliar nutrition and soil conditioning products, is sponsoring the inaugural contest hosted by The Grower. Provincial winners of the largest Honeycrisp apple will be announced as soon as harvest is complete.   

Vineland appoints new chair

Karen Belaire takes over as chair of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for a two-year term.

The Grower wins three awards

The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation has honoured The Grower in the categories of photography and electronic audio (podcasts) in its first-ever virtual awards.

Soil fertility specialist appointed in Ontario

Dr. Tejendra Chapagain has been hired by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to work with horticultural farmers on cover crops and soil fertility matters. He brings global experience in Nepal and Japan to the role as well as diverse field experience in Canada. 

DRC announces leadership changes

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

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Nichino America establishes a subsidiary in Mexico

Competition grows amongst crop protection companies as Nichino America sets up shop in Mexico. Its parent, Nihon Nohyaku, is based in Japan. 

Gowan Company acquires acaricide

Gowan Crop Protection has acquired the global rights for the active ingredient spirodiclofen from Bayer AG. It is active against all life stages of a wide spectrum of mites, including eggs, nymphs and female adults. 

Cimegra insecticide registered in potatoes

BASF Ag Solutions is launching Cimegra, containing the active ingredient broflanilide. The insecticide will be of interest to potato growers because it contains a novel mode of action for control of wireworms. 

Beleaf insecticide for suppression of tarnished plant bug

Vegetable growers have access to Beleaf insecticide for the suppression of tarnished plant bug on leafy greens, crop subgroup 4-13A and leaf petiole vegetables, crop subgroup 22B. Stone fruit growers should note an increased label rate for aphids on stone fruit, crop group 12-09.

Velum Prime nematicide/fungicide label expanded

Bayer Crop Science’s nematicide/fungicide is now labelled for suppression of nematodes on ginseng, caneberries, pome fruit and stone fruit in Canada. 

 Suzanne van Bommel, new chair of Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers

Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable sector is undergoing governance changes. The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has appointed Suzanne Van Bommel chair of the board for a two-year term and announced four directors.  

RELATED NEWS

Sponsor announced for First Canadian Honeycrisp Apple Contest

Agro-K, which offers foliar nutrition and soil conditioning products, is sponsoring the inaugural contest hosted by The Grower. Provincial winners of the largest Honeycrisp apple will be announced as soon as harvest is complete.   

Vineland appoints new chair

Karen Belaire takes over as chair of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for a two-year term.

The Grower wins three awards

The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation has honoured The Grower in the categories of photography and electronic audio (podcasts) in its first-ever virtual awards.

Soil fertility specialist appointed in Ontario

Dr. Tejendra Chapagain has been hired by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to work with horticultural farmers on cover crops and soil fertility matters. He brings global experience in Nepal and Japan to the role as well as diverse field experience in Canada. 

DRC announces leadership changes

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

Joe Sbrocchi is the new general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, based in Leamington. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is under new management. Joe Sbrocchi, a lifetime veteran of the produce industry, started as general manager on September 18. He’s predicting a “golden age” for the sector.

 An artist offers a rendering of what the final plant will look like.

Alberta’s potato industry is boosted with Cavendish Farms’ $360 million investment in a processing plant in Lethbridge, Alberta. The plant should be in production by fall 2019. 

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  • Sponsor announced for First Canadian Honeycrisp Apple Contest

    Agro-K, which offers foliar nutrition and soil conditioning products, is sponsoring the inaugural contest hosted by The Grower. Provincial winners of the largest Honeycrisp apple will be announced as soon as harvest is complete.   

  • Vineland appoints new chair

    Karen Belaire takes over as chair of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for a two-year term.

  • Thinley Sangpo, Fresh Taste Produce, Ontario Food Terminal. Photo by Glenn Lowson.
    The Grower wins three awards

    The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation has honoured The Grower in the categories of photography and electronic audio (podcasts) in its first-ever virtual awards.

  • Soil fertility specialist appointed in Ontario

    Dr. Tejendra Chapagain has been hired by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to work with horticultural farmers on cover crops and soil fertility matters. He brings global experience in Nepal and Japan to the role as well as diverse field experience in Canada. 

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Research funding announced

Ontario is investing $6.52 million into more than 40 agri-food research projects, some of which are horticulture-focussed. One example is looking at integrated pest management for leaf diseases in onions.  

Travis Cranmer describes a new interactive platform for technology transfer

Travis Cranmer, Ontario vegetable crop specialist, OMAFRA, describes Slido.com, a question-and-answer polling platform that allows participants to see photos and slides on technical subjects.

Trade investigations broaden to bell peppers and strawberries

The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating both wild and highbush blueberry imports from Canada. Bell peppers and strawberries are likely to be added to the list, says the Canadian Horticultural Council. 

Sponsor announced for First Canadian Honeycrisp Apple Contest

Agro-K, which offers foliar nutrition and soil conditioning products, is sponsoring the inaugural contest hosted by The Grower. Provincial winners of the largest Honeycrisp apple will be announced as soon as harvest is complete.   

Potato harvest is below the Canadian 5-year average

Potato harvest weather has been much kinder in 2020 than in recent years. But as the United Potato Growers of Canada reports, yields could be down as much as seven million hundredweight.  

 

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