Peter Quiring, NatureFresh Farms

The integration of the North American greenhouse industry was on display last week as the United Fresh Produce Association honoured Peter Quiring with its FreshTEC Achievement Award in Chicago. On June 13, the greenhouse vegetable grower—who first started as a greenhouse fabricator -- was recognized for 20 years of contributions to the produce industry. 

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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. 

On June 16, the New York Times and other media outlets reported that Amazon.com Inc will buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion. This is a very interesting development in the food industry. We have been talking about the changes coming to our industry as online shopping grows and this will quicken the pace of change.

If the minimum wage increases from $11.40/hr to $14/hr next January, Ontario farmers will pay a heavy price trying to sustain their businesses. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Farmers and small business owners are urged to testify at public hearings regarding the Ontario government’s intent to raise the minimum wage to $14/hr by January 2018 and $15/hr by January 2019.

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Nichino America establishes a subsidiary in Mexico

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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. 

With an election scheduled for June 7, 2018, Ontario’s Liberal government has proposed to raise the minimum wage by $3.60/hour in 18 months. If legislation is passed, it would be the steepest in history.

Norm Beal, executive director of Food and Beverage Ontario, (L) poses with journalist and political pundit, David Frum at the May 31 annual general meeting in Toronto, Ontario.

With NAFTA’s best-before-date looming, it’s all hands on deck reaching out to U.S business partners

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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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