The new Canada’s Food Guide, released January 22, is great news for Canadian fruit and vegetable growers. Changes align with Half Your Plate program by recommending more fruits and vegetables.

Recent upgrades to the Ontario Food Terminal have eased congestion and made loading and unloading more efficient.

The Ontario Food Terminal is at the heart of a complex food web. The 40-acre facility, near downtown Toronto, is of interest to the Ontario government which has appointed an agricultural advisory group to look at several provincial issues, including changes to the Ontario Food Terminal network. Bruce Nicholas, general manager, (second from right) and Gianfranco Leo, administration manager (far right) are pictured talking to growers at last year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. 

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Organic market gardener Joe Grootenboer moved to the Local Line software platform a year ago. With a customized box program, he has increased the average sale from $19 per week to $27 per week.

Fresh look at vegetable processing

The farmgate value of Ontario’s vegetable processing industry, pegged at about $100 million annually, often goes under the radar for its significant contribution to the economy. For these growers – Pascal Jennen, (L), Ian Bradley and Kevin Jennen -- their contracted acres of Spanish onions are destined to become onion rings at the Cavendish Farms Appetizer Division in Wheatley, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Tomberries: the next ‘little’ thing

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

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If change is not practical, then it is not sustainable.

Ontario’s Bill 66, Restoring Ontario Competitiveness Act, looks at changes that would allow municipalities to circumvent development rules in the Greenbelt.

Ontario’s Bill 66, Restoring Ontario Competitiveness Act, looks at changes that would allow municipalities to circumvent development rules in the Greenbelt. 

Marquette grapes are among some of the cold-hardy grape varieties that do well at Hounds of Erie Winery shown here. The Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers’ Association would like to see the variety and others on the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) list.

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UPL Ltd. acquires Arysta LifeScience

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Controlling corn earworm in sweet corn

Helicovex has been added to the growing list of biological controls from Sylvar Technologies Inc. This new mode of action is important in controlling corn earworm in sweet corn.

Gowan focus on biologicals

Gowan is creating a new business unit to develop bio-solutions, built around EcoFlora Agro SAS.

Orondis Gold Potato fungicide launched

Potato growers have another tool against pink rot and Pythium leak with Syngenta Canada’s new Orondis Gold Potato fungicide.

BASF introduces new Versys insecticide

BASF introduces new Versys insecticide for the 2019 season. It will quickly stop aphids feeding in fruit and vegetable crops.

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Footprint of Canada Outdoor Farm to grow

Glacier Media, parent company of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, invests in Oxford County farmland adjacent to the show site. The plan is to offer more parking space.

Measuring impact of the Ontario tree fruit and fresh grape sectors

The Ontario Apple Growers, Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board are partnering to conduct an economic impact study of their sectors.

Taste testers needed for greenhouse tomatoes

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is looking for participants to taste samples from their greenhouse tomato program and provide feedback on various qualities.

Seed for processing potatoes sold out

Last fall’s unprecedented rainy and muddy harvest across many potato-growing regions of Canada has led to worries that seed supplies will be tight. Here’s what growers had to say in this phone survey finished February 14, 2019.

Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

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