Since 1952, the Komienski family has been trucking produce to market at the Ontario Food Terminal. As Tom Komienski explains to operations manager Gary DaSilva, the fourth generation is now managing more than a thousand acres near Scotland, Ontario.
The federal carbon tax has gone up 11 cents/litre for gasoline and diesel. Yet tillage work must continue. This 12-foot wide cultivator, for example, is used in one pass to bury the leftover ‘fruit mummies.’ Used in every other row, the practice reduces disease inoculum in this peach orchard at Tregunno Farms, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
The window of opportunity is opening for more strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in Canada, as demand increases for domestically grown fruits throughout the year. This contract worker is trimming runners in a 25-acre greenhouse retrofitted by BC Hothouse in Delta, British Columbia.
Proactive communication goes a long way when starting up bird bangers or spreading manure. In this case study, a crop consultant steered a grape grower to bio-fungicides and eco-friendly summer oils to make peace with a beekeeper neighbour who lives just 50 metres from the vineyard.
Stop Think Act is a methodology that can play a pivotal role in any farm health and safety plan. The concept revolves around a three step process that is remarkably universal in its application and includes many facets of farming including machinery and equipment use.