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Miticide for hops

Kanemite miticide label has been expanded for control of spider mites on hops in Canada.

Foliar applied fungicide for garden beets

Tilt 250E foliar fungicide is now registered for control of Cercospora Leaf Spot in garden beets.

EPA approves bee vectoring technology

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No carcinogen warning required on glyphosate label

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Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers names general manager

The London-Ontario based association, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, has named Keith Robbins to the role of general manager. He starts September 17, 2019. 

QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

AALP Class 18 announced

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The president of Savoura found deceased

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The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is hosting an agriculture leaders’ debate on September 24, 2019.  Tune in at 7 pm EST as Kelsey Johnson, bilingual economics reporter for Reuters, moderates the two-hour discussion.

PhD student David Ure. Photo by Windsor Star.

Tomato roots – discarded at the end of a growing season – may be the answer in filtering out phosphate before it reaches water courses that empty into Lake Erie. University of Windsor doctoral student David Ure explains his research to combat algal blooms.

The annual hops competition held at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention has a new name: ONHops Brewoff. The feature beer style for 2020 is The Double (aka Imperial) IPA.

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Chilean blueberry exports achieve record

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Agrizar predicts berry sweet future

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Sunions, first tearless onion

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Romaine Task Force reports

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U.S.-Japan sign trade deal

Some American horticultural products – blueberries and cranberries, for example   - will have tariff-free access to Japan’s 127 million consumers. Other goods will be granted access under staged tariff elimination. Most importantly, tariffs are at the same level that Japan provides preferentially to countries in the CP-TPP agreement.

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Chilean blueberry exports achieve record

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Agrizar predicts berry sweet future

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Sunions, first tearless onion

Grown in Washington and Nevada, Sunions will be marketed for the first time in western Canada in December 2019. The seed is not available in Canada. 

Romaine Task Force reports

The November 2018 crisis of E.-coli contaminated romaine lettuce from Arizona has been studied by a 100+ task force. American experts report on next steps.  

U.S.-Japan sign trade deal

Some American horticultural products – blueberries and cranberries, for example   - will have tariff-free access to Japan’s 127 million consumers. Other goods will be granted access under staged tariff elimination. Most importantly, tariffs are at the same level that Japan provides preferentially to countries in the CP-TPP agreement.

The race is on to harvest the Canadian potato crop by early October. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager, United Potato Growers of Canada, shares an in-depth report from a board of directors’ meeting on September 10.

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Road safety tips during harvest

Stay off your smartphone -- the rules for distracted driving also apply when you are driving equipment. That’s one of several tips for growers in the busy harvest season.

Must-Grow Biologics announces liquid formulation

Must-Grow Biologics Corp is an agricultural biotech company developing and commercializing a portfolio of natural, science-based bio-pesticides and bio-fertility products. The company has finalized its advanced liquid formulation of a mustard-derived ‘granule format’ bio-pesticide product.

Stay ahead of insecticide resistance

Resistance management website adds insecticide best practices. Thanks to CropLife Canada, the new resource highlights the need to combine physical, cultural, biological and chemical control measures.

Funding for farmers’ markets and on-farm sales

Ontario’s ag ministry has announced funding to the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets Ontario.

Raspberries showcased by Global Plant Genetics

Global Plant Genetics and James Hutton Limited recently showed a range of new raspberry selections to international soft fruit visitors. They are close to market launch.

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