The Dino Robot, made in France, is battery-powered. Here, the underside reveals the tool carrier which has K.U.L.T. finger weeders and weeding hoes.

In November 2021, the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association organized a field demonstration of Dino, a robotic weeder. Farm host Doug Van Luyk was curious about how this model might solve the issue of removing resistant pigweed on his muck soils near Newmarket, Ontario.

Alex Docherty, PEI potato grower

Prince Edward Island growers such as Alex Docherty were part of a truck convoy in Charlottetown protesting the border closure to potato exports to the U.S. Since the Canadian Food Inspectincy discovered soil-borne potato wart in two fields on the island in November, the ban has cost millions of dollars in lost sales.

Jourdan Tregunno, a director of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Jourdan Tregunno is all smiles for the new Jupiter seedless table grape grown on two acres near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario He’s a member of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board that has high hopes that this variety may appeal to a different consumer segment with its candy-like flavour. 

Tim Horlings, celery grower, Newmarket, Ontario

This truck load of freshly cut celery is destined for a food processing plant near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Holland Marsh grower Tim Horlings says that the eight-hour haul from Newmarket Ontario to the U.S. is the last stage of six months of tender care from seedling to soup. 

Amanda Dooney, farm manager for Suncrest Orchards, shares the challenges of a pandemic year and how she’s making life better for Jamaican temporary foreign workers thinning apples near Simcoe, Ontario. She’s promised new bunkhouse quarters in time for harvest 2021.  

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