Hazelnuts

Ontario's hazelnut acreage has recently grown to more than 300 acres with more nurseries entering the market. Check out the details for the March 27 Ontario Hazelnut Symposium. 

Murray Porteous, a grower of asparagus, apples and sour cherries, Simcoe, Ontario.

Employment and Social Development Canada has initiated a number of integrity audits in horticulture, stressing growers who don’t know the reason for the audit and who can’t apply for seasonal workers until the audit is complete. Murray Porteous calls the process a ‘witch hunt.’ 

John MacDonald, (R) receives the Doug Connery Award from outgoing president, Alvin Keenan.

Several long-serving growers and industry leaders were honoured at the Canadian Horticultural Council meetings in Ottawa on March 14.They included John MacDonald, a potato and berry grower from Prince Edward Island.

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Processing veg growers elect first and second vice-chairs

The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers confirmed its 2020 board. The sector earned just under $90 million in farmgate sales in 2019. Sweet corn had its strongest showing in four years with an estimated $8.017 million in farmgate value.  

Scott Hodgins joins Plant Products Inc

Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario, Plant Products Inc. is building on its core greenhouse base to include outdoor fruits and vegetables with the addition of a crop protection veteran. 

Cathy McKay to chair Ontario Apple Growers

After serving as vice-chair since 2013, Cathy McKay becomes chair of the provincial organization that includes 200+ members.The Port Perry apple grower is confident there are lots of growth opportunities.

CanadaGAP announces stakeholder advisory committee

Ontario apple grower Cathy McKay has been reappointed chair of CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee for 2020. It consists of volunteers who serve a technical role to the CanAgPlus board of directors. 

Local Food Champion opens second farm market

The constant stream of traffic is a telling sign that Howe Family Farms got it right on its second farm market location near St. Thomas. Grower Kevin Howe is celebrating the 2019 Local Food Champion award given by the local MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. 

Dr. Viliam Zvalo

After three years at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Dr. Viliam Zvalo is heading back to Nova Scotia. He becomes CEO of Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. on April 4. 

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Processing veg growers elect first and second vice-chairs

The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers confirmed its 2020 board. The sector earned just under $90 million in farmgate sales in 2019. Sweet corn had its strongest showing in four years with an estimated $8.017 million in farmgate value.  

Scott Hodgins joins Plant Products Inc

Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario, Plant Products Inc. is building on its core greenhouse base to include outdoor fruits and vegetables with the addition of a crop protection veteran. 

Cathy McKay to chair Ontario Apple Growers

After serving as vice-chair since 2013, Cathy McKay becomes chair of the provincial organization that includes 200+ members.The Port Perry apple grower is confident there are lots of growth opportunities.

CanadaGAP announces stakeholder advisory committee

Ontario apple grower Cathy McKay has been reappointed chair of CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee for 2020. It consists of volunteers who serve a technical role to the CanAgPlus board of directors. 

Local Food Champion opens second farm market

The constant stream of traffic is a telling sign that Howe Family Farms got it right on its second farm market location near St. Thomas. Grower Kevin Howe is celebrating the 2019 Local Food Champion award given by the local MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. 

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Syngenta launches Miravis fungicides

Miravis is the global umbrella brand for several group 7 fungicides containing Adepidyn, the trademarked name for the active ingredient. Miravis Duo is for cucurbit and fruiting vegetables while Miravis Prime is for grapes. 

CropLife Canada supports court decision

A federal court has ruled in support of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s authority to set phase-in periods for amended pesticide registrations. 

Gowan acquires active ingredients from Bayer

It’s important to know who’s backing your crop protection products. In continuing fall-out from company mergers, some products such as Reason are changing hands.   

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

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Syngenta launches Miravis fungicides

Miravis is the global umbrella brand for several group 7 fungicides containing Adepidyn, the trademarked name for the active ingredient. Miravis Duo is for cucurbit and fruiting vegetables while Miravis Prime is for grapes. 

CropLife Canada supports court decision

A federal court has ruled in support of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s authority to set phase-in periods for amended pesticide registrations. 

Gowan acquires active ingredients from Bayer

It’s important to know who’s backing your crop protection products. In continuing fall-out from company mergers, some products such as Reason are changing hands.   

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

Ottawa is the host city for this week’s Canadian Horticultural Council Annual General Meeting. Growers from across the country will be gathering March 13-15 to discuss policy and direction for the next year. 

Jason Deveau, OMAFRA application technology specialist, reveals the motivation for a new video, Micron Woman. It’s the best educational tool yet to see how a droplet of pesticide behaves once it leaves the spray nozzle. 

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Kevin Howe offers best tips for on-farm markets

Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, speaks with Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario.

Darci Vetter analyzes current state of global trade relations

Darci Vetter, former chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, has had a front-row seat to trade relations around the world.

Oleen Smethurst, Costco Canada, focuses on flavour

Oleen Smethurst, general merchandise manager for Costco Canada, flies all over the globe from Berlin to Bogotá to taste test fruits and vegetables.

Nick VanBerlo rides the superfood wave with sweet potatoes

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

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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. 

  • 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.

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Seedless watermelon is only one of the specialties carried at Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario. Kevin Howe says ground cherries and canary melons also pique the interest of consumers. The on-farm market has been so successful that the family has opened another location south of London Ontario. 

Kevin Howe offers best tips for on-farm markets

Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, speaks with Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario.

Canadian Agricultural Youth Council to be formed

Women and men aged 18 to 30 working within the agriculture and agri-food value chain, are invited to apply to be a member of the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Application deadline is February 14, 2020. 

Ontario pavilion at CPMA

The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association is organizing an Ontario Pavilion Exhibit at the upcoming Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show. Be part of this event held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, May 12-14, 2020. 

U.S. potatoes destined for China

As details are unearthed about the American trade deal with China, growers are learning that processing potatoes could be eligible by February 24, 2020. Last-minute negotiations are anticipated regarding market access protocol. 

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