Loblaw has announced a partnership with Metrolinx, the agency responsible for GO transit service in the Greater Toronto Area. This spring, consumers will be able to pick up online-ordered groceries at five GO Transit stations.

Cheers to the bottomless cup trophy for the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition pictured with samples of hops.

The 16th edition of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention hosted several competitions February 20 and 21, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. When the event started, organizers could not have imagined sweet and hard cider competitions or an Ontario-hopped craft beer competition.  

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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.

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.

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.  

Kate VanderZaag and her husband Peter have been experimenting with a drone on their 1,800 acres of owned and rented land near Alliston, Ontario. They share an insightful experience. 

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Virus testing to get faster

Before any new tree fruit varieties can be accepted in Canada, they must pass virus testing in a quarantine setting in Sidney, British Columbia. Thanks to new research funding, DNA technology may streamline the process from three years to six months.

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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. 

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. 

Podcast - B.C. blueberry grower talks about dealing with Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eleventh-podcast episode with guest Jason Smith, a 4th generation B.C. blueberry grower, past chair of the BC Blueberry Council and current member of the crop protection advisory committee for the Canadian Horticultural Council to talk about Spotted Wing Drosophila.

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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.

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.

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.  

For export-ready companies looking to expand beyond North America, there’s assistance from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. Seven international shows will be supported as part of the Canada Pavilion Program. 

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Fruit Logistica 2018

For a taste of global trends, fly to Berlin. It’s the host of Fruit Logistica 2018.

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association honoured two long-serving individuals in the horticultural industry. It was a surprise double ceremony at the February 20, 2018 Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls.

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.

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.  

Lana Popham, BC agriculture minister

British Columbia’s agriculture minister has announced a new $5 million Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund. It’s welcome news after poor returns from the 2017 season. 

The federal government offered a number of carrots in its new Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is officially announced to take effect April 1, 2018.  Program details and applications are now available for: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.

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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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New website for BC blueberries

The BC Blueberry Council has just unveiled its new brand—Powered by Nature—with its newly refreshed website.http://www.bcblueberry.com

Inocucor buys Winnipeg firm

Inocucor acquires leading crop nutrition company and plans a new class of high-performance crop inputs. 

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.   

Kubota’s expansion plans

Kubota Canada Ltd. announces the construction of a new facility in Pickering, Ontario. The $67 million undertaking will host its head office, warehouse, training areas and more.

Learning lounges at CPMA

The trade show at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association will open at 1 pm sharp on Wednesday, April 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Don’t miss the Learning Lounges on the trade show floor.

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