Prince Edward Island growers such as Alex Docherty were part of a truck convoy in Charlottetown protesting the border closure to potato exports to the U.S. Since the Canadian Food Inspectincy discovered soil-borne potato wart in two fields on the island in November, the ban has cost millions of dollars in lost sales.
Duane Holm and Jacco de Lange are betting that an isolated site with sandy loam soils near Southampton, Ontario will offer an advantage to their newly-formed Sauble Creek Seed Company and just-built storage facility.
Jourdan Tregunno is all smiles for the new Jupiter seedless table grape grown on two acres near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario He’s a member of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board that has high hopes that this variety may appeal to a different consumer segment with its candy-like flavour.
This truck load of freshly cut celery is destined for a food processing plant near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Holland Marsh grower Tim Horlings says that the eight-hour haul from Newmarket Ontario to the U.S. is the last stage of six months of tender care from seedling to soup.
Amanda Dooney, farm manager for Suncrest Orchards, shares the challenges of a pandemic year and how she’s making life better for Jamaican temporary foreign workers thinning apples near Simcoe, Ontario. She’s promised new bunkhouse quarters in time for harvest 2021.
Nothing has been easy at EZ Grow Farms for the last pandemic year. And yet, pre-laid plans to expand the footprint of the strawberry plant propagation greenhouse has come to fruition near Langton, Ontario. Dusty Zamecnik is riding a revolution that’s taken the Ontario greenhouse strawberry industry from 50 to 120 acres in the last two years.
The global pandemic continues to have many local impacts, from the ballooning costs of housing temporary foreign workers during the 14-day quarantine to short supplies of wooden pallets. One spot of good news is the vaccination clinic at the Ontario Food Terminal where just under 6,900 frontline workers, agri-business staff and immediate families were vaccinated in May. This young worker is scooping up bundles of fresh rhubarb to fulfill an order at the terminal’s farmers’ market.
For growers Dino Mastronardi, left and son Dean Mastronardi, right, the day-to-day Leamington, ON operations for the Topline brand of English cucumbers are all-consuming. It’s the job of Dino DiLaudo, centre, to be aware of opportunities and threats in the marketplace in his role of VP, sales and marketing for Westmoreland Sales. About 25% of their cucumber crop is destined for the U.S. where the International Trade Commission is examining the impact of imported cucumbers on seasonal markets.
In recent years, the mergers of global crop protection companies promised robust R & D pipelines. But the reality is that fewer products and label extensions will come to horticulture. That’s because there’s a bottleneck of reduced trial capacity at the Pest Management Centre says apple grower Charles Stevens, Newcastle, ON.