A surprise snow storm in southern Ontario on November 11 has bogged down harvesting of root vegetables. Anywhere from 20 to 50 per cent of the carrot crop is yet to be dug, depending on geography.  

The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association recognized CropLife Canada’s outreach activities with three awards in its annual competition on November 14.  One was for its Real Farm Lives video series. Shane, Gail and son Kyle Ardiel, apple growers at Clarksburg, Ontario were one farm subject.

CREATE Climate-Smart Soils is a graduate program across the country that will share knowledge about reducing greenhouse gas emissions with better soil management

The California company that has engineered an edible covering for fruits and vegetables is opening offices in key countries:  Mexico, Netherlands and Peru. 

Two companies in Norfolk County  -- ‘Ontario’s garden’ -- have received cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to boost their businesses. They are Pristine Gourmet and Norfolk Fruit Growers. 

Vineland’s CEO, Ian Potter, kicks off the latest report from the horticultural research institution. Projects range from apple breeding to biocontrol candidates for greenhouses. 

The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

CPMA and PMA will stop issuing generic Universal Product Codes at the end of December, 2019.  Instead, brand owner-specific codes or global trade item numbers will be used.  One benefit: enhanced traceability efforts in the case of a food recall.

Meeuwsen Farms finishing up 2019 harvest

The weather has won this fall’s battle writes Terence Hochstein, executive director, Potato Growers of Alberta. He predicts about 7,500 acres are affected in southern Alberta.