Heron flying over flooded land in Ontario’s Holland Marsh

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement on agricultural policies and programs came into effect on April 1, replacing Growing Forward 2. There is increased potential for AgriStability payments. 

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is set to welcome 44 first-time exhibitors to the April 26 and 27 event in Vancouver. Forty-seven companies are participating in the New Product Showcase. 

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable industry is in flux as investment shifts to new crops … and cannabis. The first trend is playing out at Mucci Farms, Kingsville, Ontario where head grower Blake Fischer will oversee 36 acres of strawberries by fall 2018. 

The Grower goes Behind the Scenes of the April cover to gain insight from Danny Mucci. What’s the science behind indoor-grown strawberries? Is the market sustainable for future expansion? The president of Mucci Farms shares his forecast for the future of this new crop. 

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Jason Deveau offers tips for spray season

Jason Deveau, OMAFRA application technology specialist, reveals the motivation for a new video, Micron Woman. It’s the best educational tool yet to see how a droplet of pesticide behaves once it leaves the spray nozzle. 

"Behind the Scenes" Kate Vander Zaag puts drones to use on her potato farm

Growers and researchers are giving a thumbs-up to drones which can be used for aerial surveillance of crop problems that scouts miss on the ground.

Kyle Wynette discusses selling hops to craft brewers

Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21 in Niagara Falls. 

"Behind the Scenes" Kirk Kemp recruits global talent

Access to labour is one of the key issues for 2018. Growers are worried about access to seasonal workers, but also resourcing technical skills and managerial skills. We call Kirk Kemp, president of Algoma Orchards near Newcastle Ontario to find out how his operation is transitioning. 

Results from the National Minor Use Priority Setting Workshop demonstrate teamwork and consensus for diverse crops in horticulture. See the list of priorities for 2019.

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Rimon insecticide for pepper weevil

The Rimon 10 EC insecticide label is expanded for control / suppression of insects on field peppers and non-bearing nursery stock in Canada.

Re-cropping after Callisto or Command?

It is very important to know what herbicides have been used on any land prior to planting a new crop, to determine if there will be concerns with herbicide residues. In this article, see the re-cropping intervals required in certain crops. 

Luna Sensation for 2018

Luna Sensation is available for the 2018 season.  The systemic fungicide targets highly problematic diseases such as sclerotinia rot, powdery mildew, and monilinia.

Revus fungicide for pink rot

Syngenta Canada Inc. has received registration of Revus fungicide as a potato seed treatment for the suppression of pink rot and control of seed‑borne late blight in potatoes.

Syllit 400 FL fungicide label

Syllit fungicide now registered for control of peach leaf curl on peaches and nectarines and cherry leaf spot on cherries in Canada. 

Asparagus grower Mike Chromczak is the chair of the newly formed Environment and Climate Change Section at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association. He farms at Brownsville, Ontario.

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has formed a new Environment and Climate Change Section to respond to a host of issues. Mike Chromczak has agreed to be chair, entering new territory for both himself and the association.

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OMAFRA’s new vegetable specialist

OMAFRA announces a new vegetable crop specialist to be stationed in Ridgetown, Ontario. Amanda Tracey brings years of experience to the position.   

Farm & Food Care Champion Award

No stranger to horticulture, Jamie Reaume is honoured for his agricultural advocacy by Farm & Food Care Ontario. One of his former roles was founder and executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association. 

Syngenta changing of the guard

Syngenta Canada announces a leadership change, with Jay Bradshaw retiring and Trevor Heck assuming the role of president. The transition is effective June 1, 2018.

Vineyard excellence honoured

The $4.4 billion Ontario grape and wine industry honoured three leaders in Niagara Falls on March 23 at the 30th anniversary of the Cuvée Grand Tasting. Albrecht Seeger won the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award.  

CHC 2018 newsmakers

Several long-serving growers and industry leaders were honoured at the Canadian Horticultural Council meetings in Ottawa on March 14.They included John MacDonald, a potato and berry grower from Prince Edward Island.

NatureFresh Farms plans to build a new 32-acre greenhouse facility in the summer of 2018 in Leamington, Ontario. John Ketler, general manager, says tomato production will start in 2019. 

Albrecht Seeger

The $4.4 billion Ontario grape and wine industry honoured three leaders in Niagara Falls on March 23 at the 30th anniversary of the Cuvée Grand Tasting. Albrecht Seeger won the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award.  

RELATED NEWS

OMAFRA’s new vegetable specialist

OMAFRA announces a new vegetable crop specialist to be stationed in Ridgetown, Ontario. Amanda Tracey brings years of experience to the position.   

Farm & Food Care Champion Award

No stranger to horticulture, Jamie Reaume is honoured for his agricultural advocacy by Farm & Food Care Ontario. One of his former roles was founder and executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association. 

Syngenta changing of the guard

Syngenta Canada announces a leadership change, with Jay Bradshaw retiring and Trevor Heck assuming the role of president. The transition is effective June 1, 2018.

Meet Mike Chromczak

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has formed a new Environment and Climate Change Section to respond to a host of issues. Mike Chromczak has agreed to be chair, entering new territory for both himself and the association.

CHC 2018 newsmakers

Several long-serving growers and industry leaders were honoured at the Canadian Horticultural Council meetings in Ottawa on March 14.They included John MacDonald, a potato and berry grower from Prince Edward Island.

A major fire has destroyed a controlled atmosphere apple storage facility near Port Burwell, Ontario. Owner Kevin Martin estimates the loss at $3 million. 

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  • Field peppers
    Rimon insecticide for pepper weevil

    The Rimon 10 EC insecticide label is expanded for control / suppression of insects on field peppers and non-bearing nursery stock in Canada.

  • Re-cropping after Callisto or Command?

    It is very important to know what herbicides have been used on any land prior to planting a new crop, to determine if there will be concerns with herbicide residues. In this article, see the re-cropping intervals required in certain crops. 

  • Luna Sensation for 2018

    Luna Sensation is available for the 2018 season.  The systemic fungicide targets highly problematic diseases such as sclerotinia rot, powdery mildew, and monilinia.

  • Revus fungicide for pink rot

    Syngenta Canada Inc. has received registration of Revus fungicide as a potato seed treatment for the suppression of pink rot and control of seed‑borne late blight in potatoes.

  • Amanda Tracey
    OMAFRA’s new vegetable specialist

    OMAFRA announces a new vegetable crop specialist to be stationed in Ridgetown, Ontario. Amanda Tracey brings years of experience to the position.   

  • Jamie Reaume, right, visits with a Holland Marsh grower.
    Farm & Food Care Champion Award

    No stranger to horticulture, Jamie Reaume is honoured for his agricultural advocacy by Farm & Food Care Ontario. One of his former roles was founder and executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association. 

  • Syngenta changing of the guard

    Syngenta Canada announces a leadership change, with Jay Bradshaw retiring and Trevor Heck assuming the role of president. The transition is effective June 1, 2018.

  • Asparagus grower Mike Chromczak is the chair of the newly formed Environment and Climate Change Section at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association. He farms at Brownsville, Ontario.
    Meet Mike Chromczak

    The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has formed a new Environment and Climate Change Section to respond to a host of issues. Mike Chromczak has agreed to be chair, entering new territory for both himself and the association.

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OMAFRA’s new vegetable specialist

OMAFRA announces a new vegetable crop specialist to be stationed in Ridgetown, Ontario. Amanda Tracey brings years of experience to the position.   

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