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AgScape names new executive director

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CPMA names 2020 Produce Champion

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Vineland appoints new chair

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Mancozeb, a foundational fungicide in many programs, will continue to be allowed for disease control in crops such as potatoes and apples. However some cancellations are in store for other crops. Be careful to read the details.  

Mancozeb fungicide to remain registered on some crops

Mancozeb, a foundational fungicide in many programs, will continue to be allowed for disease control in crops such as potatoes and apples. However some cancellations are in store for other crops. Be careful to read the details.  

Tricor LQ herbicide registered

UPL AgroSolutions is launching a new liquid formulation in its herbicide that is registered for potatoes and tomatoes. Tricor increases the control of several pigweed species and other weeds.

STRIM MTZ herbicide registered for potatoes

UPL AgroSolutions Canada has received PMRA registration for new STRIM MTZ herbicide. It controls troublesome grasses and broadleaf weeds such as lamb’s quarters.

Bayer CropScience has renewed its $10,000 pledge for AgScape, the agriculture in the classroom program for Ontario’s two million students. Lessons are now available for virtual delivery on topics such as careers in agri-food, technology and innovation. 

Meetups are increasingly scarce. That’s why technology transfer is challenged in the age of COVID-19. Ontario vegetable crop specialist, Travis Cranmer and his colleagues are using new platforms to reach garlic growers Ian and Nathan Teetzel near Exeter, Ontario.

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The repetitive task of crop scouting in greenhouses is being replaced by an automated system with artificial intelligence which can detect pests and disease in real time. This bleeding-edge technology is not for everyone. But it’s a new consideration for Jake Neufeld who manages a labour-intensive crop of high-wire cucumbers near Leamington, Ontario. 

Green light for berry bright future

The Greenbelt Foundation has identified that vertical farming as well as several fruits and vegetables are ripe for expansion in Ontario’s $2.2 billion horticultural sector. They are garlic, eggplant, sweet potatoes, fresh grapes, pears and strawberries. Jeff Tigchelaar, Jordan, Ontario is one berry grower enjoying robust sales at the Ontario Food Terminal.

Fewer hands, less food

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Coping with changing rules of engagement

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The Emergency On-Farm Support Fund will help Nova Scotia farmers offset costs incurred during the pandemic. Up to $1.2 million is available….to those who report at least $30,000 in gross commodity income and at least five employees.  

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  • Vince Pillitteri, winner of the OPMA Lifetime Achievement Award
    OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

    Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers. 

  • Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario.
    Honeycrisp Apple Contest winners rewarded

    Just for fun, The Grower invited apple growers across the country to submit photos and measurements of the biggest Honeycrisp apple. Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario wins the contest with an apple measuring 4.9175 inches.

  • AgScape names new executive director

    Taylor Selig has been appointed to continue AgScape’s mission of reaching Ontario’s two million students about agriculture and the potential of agri-careers. He’s been with the organization for six years as development manager. 

  • CPMA names 2020 Produce Champion

    Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food is featured on the latest podcast of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.  He’s also the 2020 Produce Champion. 

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Schuyler Farms withdraws request for appeal

A letter to a local mayor of Haldimand-Norfolk paves the way for upcoming talks about housing accommodations for seasonal workers in 2021.  Ontario’s Norfolk County hosts one of the largest concentrations of workers in the country.

New tender fruit varieties are on the horizon

The annual report of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre highlights progress on several fronts, including new varieties in tender fruit and seedless grapes.    

Zampro fungicide label expanded

The Zampro fungicide label has been expanded for management of downy mildew diseases on spinach and blackberries. 

Arrive Canada electronic document needed

Effective November 21, all travellers to Canada are required to submit information electronically through ArriveCAN before boarding a flight. Employers of temporary foreign workers can submit this data.

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