Based in Kingsville, Ontario, greenhouse grower Mucci Farms scored the Best Sustainable Packaging award at the Produce Marketing Association trade show in Anaheim, California in mid-October. The packaging for snacking tomatoes is not only backyard compostable, but is made from agricultural waste. 

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is partnering with Europe-based Eminent Seeds to bring consumers flavourful Ontario tomatoes. The first crop is expected in 2020.  

Stay off your smartphone -- the rules for distracted driving also apply when you are driving equipment. That’s one of several tips for growers in the busy harvest season.

Must-Grow Biologics Corp is an agricultural biotech company developing and commercializing a portfolio of natural, science-based bio-pesticides and bio-fertility products. The company has finalized its advanced liquid formulation of a mustard-derived ‘granule format’ bio-pesticide product.

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BASF launches Cevya fungicide in Canada

Systemic fungicide Cevya will be available for the 2020 crop year.  

Prowl herbicide label expanded

The Prowl herbicide label is now expanded for control of labelled weeds on garlic, shallots and transplanted leeks in Canada

Delegate insecticide label expanded on grapes, fruiting vegetables

The Delegate insecticide label is now expanded for control of spotted wing drosophila on grapes and other pests in fruiting vegetables in Canada. 

Syngenta appoints Christina Stroud

A strategic communications professional, Christina Stroud has joined Syngenta Canada as the new head of corporate affairs.

Post-harvest treatment of problem weeds

The spectrum of weeds in orchards and vineyards is changing says Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA weed management specialist – horticulture. She offers timely advice for post-harvest treatment. 

Resistance management website adds insecticide best practices. Thanks to CropLife Canada, the new resource highlights the need to combine physical, cultural, biological and chemical control measures.

The number of issues affecting horticulture seems to multiply.  Bill George underscores the importance of building a relationship with local candidates. 

There is exceedingly little scope for ag markets, domestic policy, and trade relationships to return to normal as defined by the past 20 -25 years. Canada needs to face and adjust to this reality write Douglas Hedley, Ted Bilyea and Al Mussell, Agri-Food Economic Systems. 

CropLife Canada has released a new documentary series to help demystify food production. One video is about Nova Scotia growers Philip and Katie Keddy and extended family.  

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    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

Recent News

BC Icewine harvest began Nov 28

Grower intentions for the BC Icewine harvest are down in 2019 with a total of 125 acres registered. That figure is off the pace of 200 acres in recent years.

Food prices to increase in 2020

The 10th annual Canada Food Price Report predicts that vegetable prices will increase by two to four per cent in 2020.  Fruit prices could go up by 1.5 to 3.5 per cent.

Solar renewable energy for greenhouses

Researchers at the University of Windsor are looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing its environmental footprint. 

Compliance postponed for a year on produce packaging

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is extending mandatory compliance for Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) traceability requirements specific to produce packaging. The fruit and vegetable industry has until January 15, 2021 to use the current stock of packaging material.

Security from trespass legislation in Ontario

While it’s unlikely that activists would raid a potato-packing facility, the integrity and security of the food safety system must be upheld. That’s why Ontario’s proposed new legislation – Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act 2019 – is relevant beyond livestock farmers. 

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