Day-neutral strawberries help meet market demands, but growers face new pest management obstacles.
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre researchers hope that federal funding will help them build a network to accelerate development and commercialization of labour-saving agricultural technologies.
The North American Strawberry Growers’ Association visited Europe in late 2018. Three major trends were evident: driving excellence through specialization, driving efficiency through elevation and faster picking, driving savings through industry standardization.
The feds have announced up to $5 million for an 'automation cluster' led by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Research will focus on robotic harvesters for greenhouse cucumbers, wireless irrigation for flowers and vegetables, and sensors for soil and air moisture. Ag minister Lawrence MacAulay and fellow MPs were on hand for the announcement.
Cavendish Farm’s state-of–the-art production facility in Lethbridge, Alberta is now equipped with the industry’s latest TOMRA Eco steam peelers. Reduced carbon footprint and increased processing efficiency are two big benefits.