Serendipity Winery at Naramata, BC.  Photo by Johann Wessels

The B.C. wine industry is challenged on all sides this spring – first with Alberta’s wine boycott and now with American desires to access grocery store channels.  The U.S. has requested a dispute settlement panel under the World Trade Organization.

Ideal conditions for the bloom and post-bloom period lead to BC Tree Fruits Cooperative’s estimate of a record cherry crop for 2018. If weather holds, 12 million pounds may come to market.

Galen Weston, CEO of Loblaw Companies, spoke at the Arrell Food Summit about the future of food on May 24. He’s promising a closer relationship with Canada’s agricultural producers.

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Maersk Line to Montreal

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

Romaine lettuce story not over

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

New Brunswick potato seeding underway

The historic floods of the Saint John River have been devastating in southern reaches of New Brunswick – Fredericton and Moncton -- but have had no effect on potato growers at higher elevations. 

China intensifies inspections

Tensions are growing between China and the U.S. as increased inspections of fruit have on-the-ground implications. A U.S. Apple representative explains the ripple effects. 

Update: E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce

One death in California has been attributed to the E.coli outbreak in romaine lettuce, traced to a farm in Yuma, Arizona. As of May 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict more reports of sickness. 

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The Canadian trucking industry is in a perfect storm

Stewart Lapage, director of transportation, Oppy Transport, explains why three factors are erecting speed bumps.

Behind the scenes with Danny Mucci

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. 

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.

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Venture herbicide label expanded

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced the approval of minor use label expansion registrations for Venture L herbicide for control of labeled weeds on rhubarb, the bulb onion subgroup 3-07A, green onions, caneberries subgroup 13-07A and lettuce in Canada.

Entrust and Success insecticide labels expanded

Entrust and Success insecticide labels have been expanded for control of cabbage maggot on greenhouse Brassica transplants in Canada.

Bayer completes Monsanto acquisition

After two years of due diligence and divestments, German-based Bayer will complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7. Monsanto’s name will be retired.

 

Biological control for cabbage looper

New biological product is available for control of cabbage looper in field vegetables.  

PMRA review of captan

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

RELATED NEWS

Venture herbicide label expanded

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced the approval of minor use label expansion registrations for Venture L herbicide for control of labeled weeds on rhubarb, the bulb onion subgroup 3-07A, green onions, caneberries subgroup 13-07A and lettuce in Canada.

Entrust and Success insecticide labels expanded

Entrust and Success insecticide labels have been expanded for control of cabbage maggot on greenhouse Brassica transplants in Canada.

Bayer completes Monsanto acquisition

After two years of due diligence and divestments, German-based Bayer will complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7. Monsanto’s name will be retired.

 

Biological control for cabbage looper

New biological product is available for control of cabbage looper in field vegetables.  

PMRA review of captan

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

 Jackie and Jim Rowe are a grower-marketing duo inspiring a value-added garlic industry in Ontario. With a number of key relationships with other growers and food processors, they are methodically building a dependable supply of garlic products year-round. It starts with these garlic scapes harvested in mid-June at Hensall, Ontario.

Ontario craft cider producers are estimated to have topped three million litres in 2017. In the LCBO’s cider category, Ontario’s craft cider has gone from seven per cent to 11.5 per cent of the category in just one year, strong growth considering it surfaced only 5 years ago.

Improved advocacy, member benefits and operational efficiencies drive decision for amalgamation between Food and Beverage Ontario and Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors’ Association.

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  • L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.
    MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

    Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

  • Welcome Becky Dumais

    The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

  • CPMA Booth Awards

    This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

  • Murray Driediger
    Canadian Produce Person of the Year

    One of British Columbia’s produce leaders in both fruits and vegetables, Murray Driediger, is honoured with The Packer’s Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  

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FCC supports mental health

Farm Credit Canada has partnered with the Do More Agriculture Foundation to form a mental health support network for those coping with mental illness.

MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

Metro’s new local policy in Niagara

Metro Ontario recently held a vendor show-and tell-prior to the next phase of its Local Purchasing Policy. The policy caters to Ontario consumers wanting more locally sourced options in stores. 

Maersk Line to Montreal

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

Safe Food For Canadians Act

Federal ministers of agriculture and health announced on June 13 that the Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations have been published. The Act will come into force on January 15, 2019. 

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