The Maritime-based Cavendish Farms plans a $6 million potato research and plant breeding centre in New Annan, Prince Edward Island. A top priority is developing high-yielding potatoes that can thrive in dry summers and resist disease pressures. 

Dr. Daryl Somers, research director, applied genomics, will be on hand to update visitors on the apple breeding program at the upcoming September 19 open house.

Ambrosia apple

The Canadian apple crop is estimated at 18.8 million bushels, 2.3 per cent below last year’s volumes. Don Werden, sales manager, Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association, reported at the U.S. Apple Outlook Conference in Chicago on August 23. 

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Sweet potatoes are not native to Canada, but for the VanBerlo family near Simcoe, Ontario, sweet potatoes have become second nature. 

Rebecca Compton updates state of Ontario asparagus industry

Rebecca Compton, chair of Asparagus Farmers of Ontario, talks about her background and leadership approach to tackling industry issues.

Cathy McKay talks about the Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium

Apple grower Cathy McKay has converted her 27-acre orchard to new varieties and trellis systems to produce a great tasting experience for consumers.

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Grading peaches by the pixel

New packing lines are revolutionizing how tree-ripened tender fruit can be speedily handled and shipped to consumers. The largest peach grower in Ontario, the Tregunno family, installed a Spectrim vision system three years ago at the farm near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Ryan Tregunno stays sharp for 10 weeks as traffic controller in his computer pit above the lines of peaches and nectarines.

On top of the latest labour-saving equipment

Carrot, parsnip and onion grower Doug Van Luyk is one of those in the Holland Marsh who has expanded to 500 acres in both muck and mineral soils with the help of labour-saving technology. Here, his son Bradley stands on top of a self-propelled, two-row carrot harvester near Newmarket, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Spearheading change with asparagus allies

For the last two years, Rebecca Compton has chaired the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario through a challenging marketing period. While managing 60 acres and an on-farm retail outlet, Big Red Barn near Delhi, Ontario, she encourages her young children – Sable and Anson – to be at home in the field.

Breeding local apples for multiple micro-climates

Many apple growers are converting to high-density orchards with top-selling consumer favourites:  Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Gala. The search for new varieties is arduous as Cathy McKay, vice-chair of the Ontario Apple Growers, attests. She’s been one of the champions of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium.

Cannabis clouds competitiveness of greenhouse vegetable sector

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable sector is feeling the heat from energy prices to carbon taxes to cannabis conversions. But Duffy Kniaziew, owner, Orangeline Farms, is sticking with what he knows: peppers.

The European Union is curbing fruit and potato imports on September 1. The decision is not Canadian-specific. The list includes apples, cranberries, potatoes and other fruits. 

Preventing red blotch virus is an important part of the testing program.

A pathogen-free vineyard starts at the nursery, says Hans Buchler, chair of the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network. He urges grape growers to use federal funds allocated for the current year.

The objective of new federal funding – valued at more than $475,000 - for tender fruits and fresh grapes is to improve fruit quality and availability of new varieties for consumers. 

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

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    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. 

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    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.

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Road safety tips during harvest

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 announces liquid formulation

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.

Stay ahead of insecticide resistance

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.

Funding for farmers’ markets and on-farm sales

Ontario’s ag ministry has announced funding to the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets Ontario.

Raspberries showcased by Global Plant Genetics

Global Plant Genetics and James Hutton Limited recently showed a range of new raspberry selections to international soft fruit visitors. They are close to market launch.

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