The sweet cherry harvest in British Columbia is at risk. Not enough workers have arrived due to delays by Service Canada in processing seasonal agricultural workers from Mexico and the Caribbean. In Ontario, the situation is more about cost of labour. Fortunately for Lakelee Farms, Jordan Station, Ontario, Adolphus Joseph has arrived safely from Trinidad. 

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PMRA restarts review process

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Delegate label expanded

Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

Update: mancozeb and metiram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

The PMRA has announced the cancellation of mancozeb, a widely-used fungicide, for all horticultural crops except foliar use on potatoes. The phase-out will take three years. 

RELATED NEWS

PMRA restarts review process

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Delegate label expanded

Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

Update: mancozeb and metiram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

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David Marit, new SK ag minister

Saskatchewan’s new agriculture minister, David Marit, hails from the southwestern region of the prairie province. He has represented the riding of Wood River since 2016.  

Stokes Seeds adds to exec team

Fraser Hetherington joins Stokes Seeds as the new executive vice president to oversee marketing, product and supplier strategies out of the company’s office in Thorold, Ontario.

Grower receives honorary degree

Ken Forth’s dedication and involvement in the Canadian fruit & vegetable industry and SAWP program has earned him a degree from University of Guelph.

Ernie Hardeman is new Ontario ag minister

Ernie Hardeman is Ontario’s new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs under Ontario’s new premier, Doug Ford. This is Hardeman’s second foray into ministering agricultural affairs, which he previously managed under Mike Harris.

MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

Peter Chapman

A producer’s role is more than just growing. It’s also about selling what is grown. Preparing well for meetings with category managers can lead to more opportunities at the retail level, says Peter Chapman, retail marketer and consultant at SKUFoods. 

The recent United Potato Growers’ Crop Transition Conference determined that out of the white, yellow, russet and red varieties, there will be an overabundance of old-crop red potatoes during the 12-week transition period. 

A female squash bee is returning to her ground-nest with a full pollen load of pumpkin pollen. Photo by Susan Willis Chan.

June 18-24 is recognized as National Pollinator Week. Although there’s currently a large industry focus on the honeybee, there are many other pollinators that play an important role for vegetable crops, including the squash bee. 

Greg Donald, general manager, Prince Edward Island Potato Board

The International Potato Center (CIP) announced the “Imagine a World without Potatoes” campaign at the 10th World Potato Congress. A marketing specialist framed the campaign as follows: The problem is not that the potato fails to inspire, but that we take it for granted. 

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Chinese ag trade mission

Those interested in trade opportunities with China are invited to meet with an agricultural delegation in Ottawa on September 12. 

Mastronardi expands into Ohio

Greenhouse giant Mastronardi Produce is expanding into the U.S. The company will operate a state-of-the-art 20-acre greenhouse facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This will be the company’s sixth location. 

Bolstering Canada’s grape & wine sector

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay was accompanied by Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Furh to make further announcements regarding funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network at the Canadian Vintners Association’s AGM.

 

Maersk Line to Montreal

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

Romaine lettuce story not over

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

Photo by Glenn Lowson

Farm Credit Canada has partnered with the Do More Agriculture Foundation to form a mental health support network for those coping with mental illness.

L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

RELATED NEWS

David Marit, new SK ag minister

Saskatchewan’s new agriculture minister, David Marit, hails from the southwestern region of the prairie province. He has represented the riding of Wood River since 2016.  

Stokes Seeds adds to exec team

Fraser Hetherington joins Stokes Seeds as the new executive vice president to oversee marketing, product and supplier strategies out of the company’s office in Thorold, Ontario.

Grower receives honorary degree

Ken Forth’s dedication and involvement in the Canadian fruit & vegetable industry and SAWP program has earned him a degree from University of Guelph.

Ernie Hardeman is new Ontario ag minister

Ernie Hardeman is Ontario’s new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs under Ontario’s new premier, Doug Ford. This is Hardeman’s second foray into ministering agricultural affairs, which he previously managed under Mike Harris.

OFVGA welcomes crop protection advisor

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has hired Chris Duyvelshoff for the role of crop protection advisor, effective September 4. 

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  • PMRA restarts review process

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

  • Late blight confirmed in Ontario

    Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

  • Delegate label expanded

    Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

  • BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

    On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

  • David Marit
    David Marit, new SK ag minister

    Saskatchewan’s new agriculture minister, David Marit, hails from the southwestern region of the prairie province. He has represented the riding of Wood River since 2016.  

  • Fraser Hetherington
    Stokes Seeds adds to exec team

    Fraser Hetherington joins Stokes Seeds as the new executive vice president to oversee marketing, product and supplier strategies out of the company’s office in Thorold, Ontario.

  • Grower receives honorary degree

    Ken Forth’s dedication and involvement in the Canadian fruit & vegetable industry and SAWP program has earned him a degree from University of Guelph.

  • Ernie Hardeman is new Ontario ag minister

    Ernie Hardeman is Ontario’s new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs under Ontario’s new premier, Doug Ford. This is Hardeman’s second foray into ministering agricultural affairs, which he previously managed under Mike Harris.

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PMRA restarts review process

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

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