Carl Atkinson, research committee chair, Ontario Ginseng Growers’ Association.

Ontario’s ginseng crop earns a surprising $250 million in farmgate receipts. At this time of year, the sand-plains growers are receiving bids from Hong Kong buyers who are assessing volume and quality. One of those growers is Carl Atkinson, chair of the research committee of the Ontario Ginseng Growers’ Association. He’s looking forward to solving the soil health issue of replant disease that may temper the long-term future.  

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Downy mildew on hops

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. 

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BASF introduces Serifel fungicide

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New fungicide for vines, fruits, nuts, vegetables

Adavelt is a novel fungicide in the Corteva Agriscience pipeline for disease control on a wide range of horticultural crops. 

New potato seed-piece treatment

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Parasol fungicide label expanded for pome and stone fruit

Parasol FL fungicide is now available for pome and stone fruit growers. It’s aimed at fire blight, coryneum blight, bacterial blight, eastern filbert blight, bacterial canker and leaf curl.

Photo courtesy Twitter @PEIPotatoes

2018 has been a challenging year for potato growers in almost all Canadian provinces. Fall rain and cold temperatures prevented about 15,000 acres of crop from being harvested.

Corn ear rot. Photo courtesy of Marieke Patton.

Does corn ear rot caused by Fusarium graminearum infect potatoes? The answer is yes. This rainy fall, the incidence of corn ear rot is high in some Ontario fields.

Award of Merit winners for 2018 were Harold Schooley (L) and Craig Hunter.

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(L-R): Chris Bittle, MP St. Catharines; Shelley Martin, interim CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Dr. Tania Humphrey, Chief Scientific Officer, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; and Vance Badawey, MP Niagara Centre

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.

 

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Vinelands new Innovation Report available

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For the second time in a year, romaine lettuce is the target of a public health investigation as consumers in both the U.S. and Canada have been sickened by E.coli.  Public health officials are conducting an exhaustive traceback through the entire growing, packing and distribution system focusing on California. 

Kristen Obeid

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  • Downy mildew on hops
    Presidio label expanded for field and greenhouse use

    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. 

  • Syngenta launches Minecto Pro insecticide

    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.

  • BASF introduces Serifel fungicide

    Powdery mildew and botrytis are the targets of BASF’s new Serifel fungicide for grapes.  Available for 2019, it can be used in conventional or organic production. 

  • New fungicide for vines, fruits, nuts, vegetables

    Adavelt is a novel fungicide in the Corteva Agriscience pipeline for disease control on a wide range of horticultural crops. 

  • Dr. Jim Brandle
    Dr. Jim Brandle resigns

    A tireless leader, Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, resigns effective November 9. He’s been in the role since the start-up in 2007. 

  • Mind to Market winners
    2018 Mind to Market award

    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.

  • Ken Forth (L) and Jan VanderHout, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.
    Industry Builder Award

    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. 

  • André Lamontagne.
    Quebec has new ag minister

    Quebec’s new agriculture minister, André Lamontagne is one of 26 cabinet ministers sworn in October 18 under a Coalition Avenir Quebec premier. 

  • (L-R): Chris Bittle, MP St. Catharines; Shelley Martin, interim CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Dr. Tania Humphrey, Chief Scientific Officer, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; and Vance Badawey, MP Niagara Centre
    $5 million to automate greenhouses

    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.

     

  • Herbicide-resistant pigweed. Photo by Kristen Obeid.
    CropLife Canada helps growers manage resistance

    Manage Resistance Now is a new online resource developed by CropLife Canada to help growers minimize the development of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide resistance on their farms. 

  • Government challenges small businesses to innovate

    Innovative Solutions Canada is a new federal program that invites small businesses to come up with an innovative product, service or solution for a specific challenge they face.

  • More flavourful tomatoes on-the-vine

    Vineland is developing promising new varieties of more flavourful on-the-vine tomatoes. Check out their story and video.

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