Cider apples

It’s a big decision to pick apple varieties which are the best fit for their unique cider style and region. A Cider and Perry Production course at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute helps.

The positive contributions of seasonal agricultural workers are relayed in a new video sponsored by FARMS. For every seasonal worker, two more jobs are created in getting safe, nutritious produce to market. 

Louis Chibante, Golden Fresh Farms, Wapakoneta, Ohio, has agreed to market SUNSET brand tomatoes for Mastronardi Produce.

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. 

New sweet cherry varieties may be available much sooner. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

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.



Farm Touring

Horticulture is lobbying for a slower approach to minimum wage increases to $15/hour.

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.  



  • Andrew Dornan, agronomic development manager, horticulture for Bayer CropScience, is pictured at a 2017 Ontario field day. 
    Bayer’s pipeline

    New products, relevant to horticulture, are in the pipeline for 2018 and beyond.

  • Brown rot on peach (L) and nectarine.
     Rovral registered

    The registration of Rovral WP for nectarines adds another fungicide in the arsenal to prevent resistance.

  • ​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.

  •  Trucks wait to be weighed at the Sun-Brite plant for processing tomatoes, Leamington, ON.  Photo by Glenn Lowson
    New OPVG directors 

    A newly constituted board of directors meets for the first time to chart the course for Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable industry.

  • Guelph names new associate vice-president of research

    The University of Guelph has appointed a new associate vice-president research (agri-food partnership). Prof. Beverley Hale has been appointed to the role effective Jan. 1, 2018 for a five-year term.

  • The November 2016 cover story in The Grower earned a gold award in the news photograph category of the annual awards of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.
    The Grower wins awards

    The Grower, with a track record of 138 years as a horticultural publication, is never too old for awards. We’re proud to share the back stories of two awards from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. 

  • The Kniaziew Family left to right (back):  Jordan Kniaziew, Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Pauline Kniaziew, Kirstie Kniaziew, Duffy Kniaziew.  (Front): Tomas Kniaziew, Sian Kniaziew & Lincoln Kniaziew
    Kniaziew Family recognized

    An Ontario greenhouse operation, the Kniaziew Family, founders of Orangeline Farms and Zing! Health Forward in Leamington, Ont., were one of 11 Ontario Farm Family Award winners honoured at the 100th annual International Plowing Match held in Walton, Ont.

Recent News

Premier visits vineyard

More than wine grapes were on the menu when Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne visited a Beamsville-area vineyard recently. The effects of proposed minimum wage increases were center plate.

Accident on Ontario potato farm

Machinery must be respected, good weather or bad.

NAFTA pushed into 2018 

With a tough round of NAFTA renegotiations concluded in Washington, talks move to Mexico in a later than anticipated fifth round on November 17-21.

McCain Foods expand line

McCain Foods opens its expanded processing line in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. That’s good news for local growers with a need for an additional 4,000 acres of potatoes.

Recalculating tax reform

Canadian government backs down on its harshest tax reforms.  

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