The Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) have announced that Col. Chris Hadfield is booked to speak at their annual celebrity luncheon that will take place this fall during the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.  

Ontario's grape and wine industry received some good news from the province. Minister of Agriculture, Jeff Leal announced changes to the Ontario Wine and Grape Strategy to help the province's wine and grape growers grow, create jobs and increase the demand for Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wine.

The Grower provides an update on a notice of registration activity. Exirel received minor use label expansion (URMULE) registration for control of aphids and the suppression of thrips in strawberries and the control of black vine weevil, obscure root weevil, spotted wing drosophila and Japanese beetle in caneberries in Canada.

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Fungicide for celery leaf curl 

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Switch fungicide for control of anthracnose (leaf curl) on celery in Canada. Switch fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

Bacterial leaf spot

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Confine Extra fungicide for suppression of bacterial leaf spot (Xanthomonos campestris pv vitians) in Canada. Confine Extra fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for several different diseases.

For spotted wing drosophila

Two insecticides have recently been registered for emergency use on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) on berry crops (crop group 13-07) and stone fruits (crop group 12) in Ontario.

Wanted alive!

Colorado potato beetles are what Dr. Ian Scott has in mind for a national survey on tolerance levels to selected registered insecticides

The Labour Issues Coordinating Committee, which includes OFVGA, has commissioned an economic analysis of Ontario’s proposed wage hikes. Find out the impacts here.  

 Garlic growing in Van Raay’s field.

About 100 garlic growers gathered for the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario’s (GGAO) annual field day event. There were growers from a number of areas including, Timmins and even a grower from south of the border. It was an impressive showing, especially as garlic is considered a small crop in the province. Currently, only about 1000 acres are grown in Ontario, but the momentum for locally grown garlic is building among consumers and those who want to grow it.

As The Grower continues to expand its online reach, our team hopes to see more two-way engagement through our social media channels. The other day we posed a question to our readers on Twitter and asked them to share a photo with us and explain why they are proud to farm.

Peter Quiring, NatureFresh Farms

The integration of the North American greenhouse industry was on display last week as the United Fresh Produce Association honoured Peter Quiring with its FreshTEC Achievement Award in Chicago. On June 13, the greenhouse vegetable grower—who first started as a greenhouse fabricator -- was recognized for 20 years of contributions to the produce industry. 

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Brad Wall to retire

Saskatchewan Party leader and premier Brad Wall announced on social media that he plans to step down.

OGVG names new GM

The Ontario Greenhouse Growers (OGVG) announced that Joe Sbrocchi will move into the general manager role, effective Sept. 18th, 2017.  Sbrocchi is coming from Mastronardi Produce Ltd., located in Kingsville, Ont., where he has acted as vice president of business development and strategy since 2010.

Blue Mountain Fruit Co

As of August 1, Binkley Apples has been renamed Blue Mountain Fruit Company.  The rebranding is part of the evolution of the Botden family’s business plan.

Who is Chris Ballard?

Glen Murray resigned his post as Ontario’s minister of the environment and climate change on July 31, leaving his successor to implement the transition to a low-carbon economy through the cap-and-trade program. The provincial Liberals have appointed Chris Ballard to the post, with the view that he can stickhandle the sensitive environment file until the June 2018 election. He leaves the ministry of housing for the challenging portfolio that includes everything from energy to water.

Murray resigns

The Toronto Star broke the news late Sunday that Ontario’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray was planning to quit provincial politics. It became official when Murray announced his intensions Monday morning. In a statement, Murray said he would resign as Toronto-Centre MPP on September 1st.

On June 16, the New York Times and other media outlets reported that Amazon.com Inc will buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion. This is a very interesting development in the food industry. We have been talking about the changes coming to our industry as online shopping grows and this will quicken the pace of change.

If the minimum wage increases from $11.40/hr to $14/hr next January, Ontario farmers will pay a heavy price trying to sustain their businesses. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Farmers and small business owners are urged to testify at public hearings regarding the Ontario government’s intent to raise the minimum wage to $14/hr by January 2018 and $15/hr by January 2019.

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  • ​Celery leaf curl
    Fungicide for celery leaf curl 

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Switch fungicide for control of anthracnose (leaf curl) on celery in Canada. Switch fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

  • Bacterial leaf spot on lettuce
    Bacterial leaf spot

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Confine Extra fungicide for suppression of bacterial leaf spot (Xanthomonos campestris pv vitians) in Canada. Confine Extra fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for several different diseases.

  • Exirel label expanded

    The Grower provides an update on a notice of registration activity. Exirel received minor use label expansion (URMULE) registration for control of aphids and the suppression of thrips in strawberries and the control of black vine weevil, obscure root weevil, spotted wing drosophila and Japanese beetle in caneberries in Canada.

  • For spotted wing drosophila

    Two insecticides have recently been registered for emergency use on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) on berry crops (crop group 13-07) and stone fruits (crop group 12) in Ontario.

  • Brad Wall to retire

    Saskatchewan Party leader and premier Brad Wall announced on social media that he plans to step down.

  • OGVG names new GM

    The Ontario Greenhouse Growers (OGVG) announced that Joe Sbrocchi will move into the general manager role, effective Sept. 18th, 2017.  Sbrocchi is coming from Mastronardi Produce Ltd., located in Kingsville, Ont., where he has acted as vice president of business development and strategy since 2010.

  • Blue Mountain Fruit Co

    As of August 1, Binkley Apples has been renamed Blue Mountain Fruit Company.  The rebranding is part of the evolution of the Botden family’s business plan.

  • Chris Ballard is pictured pulling carrots with grower Avia Eek in the Holland Marsh.
    Who is Chris Ballard?

    Glen Murray resigned his post as Ontario’s minister of the environment and climate change on July 31, leaving his successor to implement the transition to a low-carbon economy through the cap-and-trade program. The provincial Liberals have appointed Chris Ballard to the post, with the view that he can stickhandle the sensitive environment file until the June 2018 election. He leaves the ministry of housing for the challenging portfolio that includes everything from energy to water.

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OPVG hires general manager

Cathy Lennon will lead the $100 million sector starting September 18.

Warm welcome in the U.S.

Ontario greenhouse growers have been aggressively courted by U.S. economic development officers to expand south of the border. Mastronardi Produce, for example, has announced several deals this summer. 

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.

185K jobs at risk

A broad business coalition, including agriculture, counsels the Ontario government to slow down on pushing Ontario’s minimum wage to $15/hour by January 2019. Owners of small businesses are five times more likely to be at risk than big businesses. Read more.  

Fungicide for celery leaf curl 

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Switch fungicide for control of anthracnose (leaf curl) on celery in Canada. Switch fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

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