Tony Aspler presents Doug Whitty, of 13th Street Winery, the Tony Aspler Cuvée Award for Excellence Saturday, March 23 in Niagara Falls.

Ontario’s $4.4 billion grape and wine industry celebrated pioneers and mentors as the 2019 season gets underway. The Tony Aspler Cuvée Award of Excellence went to Doug Whitty and the team at 13th Street Winery.

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  • Health Canada to restrict neonic uses

    Health Canada will be cancelling some uses and restricting others of three neonicotinoid pesticides. Changes are ahead for crops ranging from tree fruits to berries to cucurbit vegetables. All uses for orchard trees, for example, have been cancelled.

  • Exirel insecticide label expanded

    The extended label on this insecticide will assist growers in controlling carrot weevil in a number of root vegetables.

  • Malathion 85E insecticide label expanded

    For the upcoming season, growers have access to another tool for suppression of spotted wing drosophila in a number of berry crops and stone fruits.

  • Milstop foliar fungicide label expanded

    The extended label on this foliar fungicide will assist growers in suppressing powdery mildew on field and greenhouse mint as well as greenhouse-grown lettuce.

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The new chair of Agricorp's board of directors is fourth-generation carrot and onion farmer Jason Verkaik. He’s a past chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

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Health Canada to restrict neonic uses

Health Canada will be cancelling some uses and restricting others of three neonicotinoid pesticides. Changes are ahead for crops ranging from tree fruits to berries to cucurbit vegetables. All uses for orchard trees, for example, have been cancelled.

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