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Orangeline Farms expanded their 20 acres of double poly greenhouses last year, adding 12 acres under glass. Brothers Jordan and Duffy Kniaziew adopted the latest technology in infrastructure, specifically the capture of rainwater to nourish their peppers and new specialties: strawberries and giant runner beans. Here, Duffy provides a tour of the new complex near Leamington, Ontario. Photos by Glenn Lowson.

Chanelling rain, sun, energy of workers to grow a perfect pepper

 Leamington, Ontario – For Duffy Kniaziew, greenhouse heaven would be a sunny-side-up day of 23°C and five to 10 millimetres of rain overnight. As president of Orangeline Farms, he sounds strangely reminiscent of a field farmer who wishes for Saturday night rain – seven times over. Along with brother Jordan, vice-president, … [read more]

CHC Board of Directors summer meeting and tour

The summer Board of Directors meeting and tour was held in Winnipeg and the surrounding area on July 23-24, 2014. Hosted by Keith Kuhl and Peak of the Market the meetings and associated visits were productive, informative and an opportunity to showcase Manitoba’s horticulture sector. In conjunction with the Board meeting there was … [read more]

Consultation period closes for Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA)

The Fresh Produce Alliance (Canadian Horticultural Council, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Dispute Resolution) has submitted comments to Industry Canada’s consultations on the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The coalition … [read more]

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association Summer Tour in Toronto

The Ontario Food Terminal: A Shakespearian theatre full of sound and fury To move more than five million tons of perishable produce every day still takes a lot of raw energy. Even with tow motors, … [read more]

Just another two per cent

 With the passing of Ontario’s provincial budget, the Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) will become a reality. Under this plan, employees who do not have a workplace pension plan will have 1.9 per cent deducted … [read more]

Harvest is really a time to shine!

Ontario is blessed with the ability to produce a tremendous variety of food crops to help sustain its population, as well as make a significant contribution to the economy. Anyone who has lived in … [read more]

Agriculture needs to be a municipal issue too

  What’s sparked the accelerated sense of passion in Ontario municipal candidates this year? People always get geared up for local politics, because municipal issues affect them so directly. But this year election fever seems to … [read more]

Research project examines drip irrigation on vegetable production

 KIRSTEN GRANT Simcoe, Ontario - Subsurface drip irrigation is widely recognized as a highly efficient irrigation method. However, during irrigation or heavy rains, water replaces air pockets in the soil and oxygen levels in the … [read more]

Engaged staff and unique offering set Longo’s apart

 It has been interesting to follow the growth of Longo’s stores in the face of increased competition within the grocery channel. This retailer has been able to grow to 26 stores in the Greater Toronto … [read more]

Research safety and reliability in equipment purchases

A 30th anniversary with your tractor brand says a lot about the relationship. That’s not dating, that’s a marriage. “Since 1984, Kubota has been the workhorse for snow removal, field cultivating, subsoiling and pulling farm wagons,” … [read more]

Harvester separates stones from potatoes more efficiently

The Spudnik Three-Row AirSep harvester made its debut at the Ontario Potato Day in late August, attracting growers from several provinces and the U.S. to see how this machine might benefit their operations. With just … [read more]

Light up your sprayer for nozzle efficiency and safety

Is that an airplane or a sprayer? If you view the YouTube video called ATI Agritronics Inc. Spray Nozzle Lights, then you’ll understand instantly how much sense these lights make. LED lights on sprayers have been … [read more]

Precision corner arm enables further reach in square or rectangular fields

Don Chapman has not regretted buying a precision corner arm for his center pivot irrigation system. The carrot and celery grower near Queensville, Ontario says that he gains five to 15 per cent more coverage … [read more]

Management levels intensify with high-density apple orchards

The Ontario Apple Tour, hosted by the Georgian Bay Growers’ Association on July 30, proved in spades that many acres have been converted to high-density orchards. What’s clear is that this intensive system requires proper management … [read more]

Policy fixes needed to make the law work as intended

Notice to readers: This column may be considered inflammatory and if you read further, it is at your own risk! Now that I have that off my chest, let me explain. It seems that agriculture and … [read more]

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