Wildfires in British Columbia continue spreading across the Okanagan Valley. BC Wildfire Service currently seven “wildfires of note.” Currently, Mount Eneas is the largest and most worrisome, covering 1,793 hectares, which is prime wine region. 

Charles Stevens, right, discusses future of the apple industry with researcher Dr. Daryl Somers, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

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PMRA restarts review process

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Delegate label expanded

Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

Diplomat 5SC Fungicide label expanded

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Diplomat 5SC fungicide for control or suppression of various diseases on greenhouse and field grown fruits and vegetables in Canada.

A July 14 fire at Westmoreland-TopLine Farms, Leamington, Ontario is being blamed on a discarded cigarette with damages being estimated at $2.3 million. Firefighters battled extreme heat conditions during the area’s heat wave.

Belinda Kemp, senior oenologist, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

Researchers and winemakers converge on Niagara region July 20-22 for the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. Ontario will be extolling the virtues of its own vintners of this important grape variety. Belinda Kemp, CCOVI senior oenologist, will have a front row seat. 

Nova Scotia was hit with a severe cold snap in early June causing varying crop losses in wild blueberries, potatoes, grapes and other commodities. In response, the Canadian government is triggering the late participation mechanism under AgriStability. 

As of mid-July, British Columbia’s blueberries are coming into peak season and in Ontario, the hot, dry weather has made for a quick start with very good fruit. There’s been very little pressure from Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) says Dusty Zamecnik, EZ Grow Farms.  

Peter Dhillon, owner of Canada’s largest cranberry farm, is among the five inductees into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame this year. The ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 4. 

Greenhouse giant Mastronardi Produce is expanding into the U.S. The company will operate a state-of-the-art 20-acre greenhouse facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This will be the company’s sixth location. 

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Chinese ag trade mission

Those interested in trade opportunities with China are invited to meet with an agricultural delegation in Ottawa on September 12. 

Bolstering Canada’s grape & wine sector

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay was accompanied by Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Furh to make further announcements regarding funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network at the Canadian Vintners Association’s AGM.

 

Imagine a world without potatoes

The International Potato Center (CIP) announced the “Imagine a World without Potatoes” campaign at the 10th World Potato Congress. A marketing specialist framed the campaign as follows: The problem is not that the potato fails to inspire, but that we take it for granted. 

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. 

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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" Jackie Rowe explains how she markets garlic scapes to retailers

Karen Davidson, editor, talks with Jackie Rowe marketing garlic scapes to retailers.

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Carbon taxed

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Smooth transition expected of major fruit tree nursery to Upper Canada Growers

Upper Canada Growers sounds like a company enshrined in history. It is, sort of.

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  • PMRA restarts review process

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

  • Late blight confirmed in Ontario

    Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

  • Delegate label expanded

    Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

  • BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

    On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

  • David Marit
    David Marit, new SK ag minister

    Saskatchewan’s new agriculture minister, David Marit, hails from the southwestern region of the prairie province. He has represented the riding of Wood River since 2016.  

  • Fraser Hetherington
    Stokes Seeds adds to exec team

    Fraser Hetherington joins Stokes Seeds as the new executive vice president to oversee marketing, product and supplier strategies out of the company’s office in Thorold, Ontario.

  • Grower receives honorary degree

    Ken Forth’s dedication and involvement in the Canadian fruit & vegetable industry and SAWP program has earned him a degree from University of Guelph.

  • Ernie Hardeman is new Ontario ag minister

    Ernie Hardeman is Ontario’s new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs under Ontario’s new premier, Doug Ford. This is Hardeman’s second foray into ministering agricultural affairs, which he previously managed under Mike Harris.

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BC hazelnut replant funding

BC’s hazelnut industry was decimated with eastern filbert blight in the last decade, but is getting new life with provincial funding of $300,000 over three years for a replant program. One of the growers is Helmut Hooge Farm, Agassiz, BC, host of a field day last fall. 

PMRA restarts review process

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Heartburn in the heartland

As trade wars continue to escalate between the U.S. and China, American farmers are having second thoughts about their political loyalties. A majority still back President Trump, but that support is eroding.  

Potatopia opens in Toronto

Potato utopia is coming to downtown Toronto. To put the “oh!” in potato, go to the newest kiosk:  Potatopia.

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