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Horticulture requires minimum-wage workers to prune, sort and harvest in every season. Ontario’s new minimum wage of $11 per hour is set for June 1, in the middle of this year’s most labour-intense time. Photos by Denis Cahill, Glenn Lowson and Linda Williams.
Ontario’s increase to an $11 minimum wage will take $30 million out of grower margins
When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced last month that the minimum wage would increase from $10.25 to $11 per hour as of June 1, Ken Forth called home. The broccoli grower and president of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (FARMS) told his 35-year-old son, “Don’t plan to be in this … [read more]
Major grocers stocking more locally grown okra, eggplant
Okra, long and round eggplant are no longer fringe vegetables. Since 2008, consumption has increased 55 per cent for okra and 27 per cent for eggplant according to Statistics Canada. Demand is estimated to be much higher if the right quality of produce could be delivered.
But there’s lots … [read more]
On-farm expertise benefits national policy making
Tracy Shinners-Carnelley is like a lighthouse on the prairie. This Nova Scotia native has clearly found her land legs in Manitoba, an extensionist who helps growers navigate science.
Shinners-Carnelley is director of research and quality … [read more]
Costco has a strong business model
The warehouse club concept was started in California in 1975 when the Price brothers opened their first store. The concept grew across North America and in 1993 Price Club merged with Costco to form the … [read more]
Insecticide blends and crop rotation promise control of wireworm
Nearly 300 Prince Edward Island (PEI) potato growers attended an information day on wireworm in early February, concerned about a repeat of the $6 million in losses tallied last year.
“Ten years ago, we never … [read more]
What’s new in potato varieties?
Fifteen new potato varieties were unveiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researchers last month in simultaneous events in Fredericton and Lethbridge. Through the Accelerated Release Program, the Potato Research Centre offers growers the opportunity … [read more]
P.C.P. Act Provision whipsaws PMRA
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is under fire these days, and while I may have some bones to pick with them, my sympathies are all with them for what they are facing. While that … [read more]
Pesticide training protects workers, protects food
Like many farm partners, Cheryl Magalas is a multi-tasker. But when it comes to crop protection, she has a laser focus on safety. As a supplier of everything from strawberries to zucchini to the … [read more]
Update on Nova Scotia strawberry virus
Last year was a tough year for Nova Scotia’s strawberry industry. An outbreak of two aphid-vectored viruses (in 2012) resulted in 200 acres of fruiting fields being proactively removed in early spring and many … [read more]
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is on the move
No visa was granted, yet this East Asian pest has become firmly entrenched on Canadian soil. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) also has an unrefined palate, sustained by more than 170 North American plant … [read more]
Developments in the control of onion maggot and thrips on onions
MARY RUTH McDONALD
Onion maggot (Delia antgua) and onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) are the most damaging insect pests of onions in Ontario, and many other regions of the world. Growers spend a lot of time … [read more]