U.S. apple growers remain united in face of policy turmoil and trade wars with key partners such as Mexico, India and China.They export $1 billion in apples, about one-third of the country’s crop.

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New trade opportunities with Europe

The new CETA trade agreement has made trading between Canada and Europe easier.  Spain, in particular, is taking note. 

World Food Day

Hunger remains an enormous challenge in many parts of the world.  World Food Day helps to remind us.

Walmart US adopts blockchain technology

Walmart U.S. will require suppliers to use block chain technology within a year to help traceability efforts in case of outbreaks of E. coliand other diseases in lettuce. Currently, there is no similar requirement from Walmart Canada.

United Fresh gathers in Washington

The United Fresh Washington Conference, Sept 24-26, will be the epi-centre of U.S. discussions on fresh produce trade, markets and related public policy issues.  Ontario industry representatives will be there to ensure members remain current and competitive in this climate of uncertainty.

Asia Fruit Logistica award

Awards at the Asia Fruit Logistica trade show, September 5-7, spotlight the growth of fresh produce companies. One example is India’s IG International, the second-largest, cold-chain company by capacity in the subcontinent. It’s doing a big business in apples. 

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay has announced up to $8.3 million to the Organic Federation of Canada, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters.

Mrs. Whytes, a Quebec-based firm, plans to open a pickling business in Wallaceburg, Ontario to take advantage of the area’s production of cucumbers. It’s the second most valuable processing vegetable crop, after tomatoes, worth $13 million. 

Mucci Farms is opening a new distribution facility in San Antonio, Texas to optimize service in the southern United States. The Kingsville, Ontario greenhouse grower specializes in lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and strawberries. 

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

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Carbon taxed

If change is not practical, then it is not sustainable.

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Canada’s apple harvest is estimated to be up 14 per cent from a year ago. Despite wildfires, British Columbia’s harvest will be up significantly while Nova Scotia’s will be trimmed due to early June frosts.

British Columbia’s wildfires and at times, scorching temperatures, are presenting management challenges to growers in terms of picking times and maturation rates of fruit.

BC’s hazelnut industry was decimated with eastern filbert blight in the last decade, but is getting new life with provincial funding of $300,000 over three years for a replant program. One of the growers is Helmut Hooge Farm, Agassiz, BC, host of a field day last fall. 

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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Parasol fungicide label expanded for pome and stone fruit

Parasol FL fungicide is now available for pome and stone fruit growers. It’s aimed at fire blight, coryneum blight, bacterial blight, eastern filbert blight, bacterial canker and leaf curl.

Chateau label expanded for hops

The manufacturers of Chateau herbicide have been granted a new label expansion for control of suckers on hops and management of other labeled weeds.

Frontier Max label expanded for potatoes

BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) has been granted a new label expansion for Frontier Max herbicide for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes.  In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. 

Mancozeb and metiram update

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

Delegate label expanded

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

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  • Parasol fungicide label expanded for pome and stone fruit

    Parasol FL fungicide is now available for pome and stone fruit growers. It’s aimed at fire blight, coryneum blight, bacterial blight, eastern filbert blight, bacterial canker and leaf curl.

  • Chateau label expanded for hops

    The manufacturers of Chateau herbicide have been granted a new label expansion for control of suckers on hops and management of other labeled weeds.

  • Frontier Max label expanded for potatoes

    BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) has been granted a new label expansion for Frontier Max herbicide for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes.  In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. 

  • Mancozeb and metiram update

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

  • Robyn Meerveld, assistant editor, The Grower
    Welcome Robyn Meerveld

    The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

  • Lakeside Produce is rebranding

    Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

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    Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

    A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

  • Michelle Broom
    OPMA welcomes new president

    The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

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Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

PMA Fresh Marketing Summit in Orlando

The Produce Marketing Association’s 2018 summit will focus on big industry innovations and how to take advantage of them.  One of many Canadian exhibitors, Pure Flavor, is ready to unveil its latest new products. 

Courses for fruit & vegetable growers

Advanced farm management and labour resource courses are being offered by OFVGA and the Agri-Food Management Institute.

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

New trade opportunities with Europe

The new CETA trade agreement has made trading between Canada and Europe easier.  Spain, in particular, is taking note. 

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