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Karen Davidson speaks with Dr. Saber Miresmailli about the huge strides in Artificial Intelligence that are being made in not only detecting but treating pests and diseases in Canadian greenhouses.

Brett Schuyler appeals local rules on housing seasonal workers

One farmer’s appeal represents the interests of Ontario’s Norfolk County agricultural sector which is at a competitive disadvantage with nearby growers.

Jane Proctor of CPMA shares her insights on COVID-related food chain issues

Jane Proctor, CPMA, talks with Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower and shares why strong relationships matter in a crisis.

Several large retailers, led by Walmart, have announced plans for new fees of up to 6.25%  on all suppliers. As Bill George writes, this was an issue brought forward during a virtual meeting with Ontario Premier Ford. 

After 45 years of farming, it’s safe to say 2020 has been a year like no other for Ernie Wiens. Due to scant rainfall and high temperatures, grape tonnage volumes are expected to be down by 20 per cent. He’s poised to take a brix test of Chardonnay grapes, one of many varieties grown at the family’s 400 acres of vineyards near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

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How robots will give a hand to food security

The repetitive task of crop scouting in greenhouses is being replaced by an automated system with artificial intelligence which can detect pests and disease in real time. This bleeding-edge technology is not for everyone. But it’s a new consideration for Jake Neufeld who manages a labour-intensive crop of high-wire cucumbers near Leamington, Ontario. 

Green light for berry bright future

The Greenbelt Foundation has identified that vertical farming as well as several fruits and vegetables are ripe for expansion in Ontario’s $2.2 billion horticultural sector. They are garlic, eggplant, sweet potatoes, fresh grapes, pears and strawberries. Jeff Tigchelaar, Jordan, Ontario is one berry grower enjoying robust sales at the Ontario Food Terminal.

Fewer hands, less food

Last July, this display of plenty from Oxford County grower John Den Boer was captured at the Ontario Food Terminal. As the summer of COVID-19 unfolds, the variety and volume of fruits and vegetables may not be in such grand array because growers do not have timely access to enough seasonal ag workers for essential planting and harvesting. The legal case of Brett Schuyler signifies the height of the hurdles faced by growers across Canada. 

Coping with changing rules of engagement

Sour cherry trees will be in blossom in May, immune to the world pandemic of COVID-19 virus. Although an uplifting sight, the outstanding question is how they will be harvested in two months. This cover story quotes several horticultural industry leaders on what’s happening now and potential paths forward. 

Canadian food system is up to the test

Seasonal agricultural workers such as Jamaican Willy Green are crucial to the 2020 growing season. The federal government is providing exemptions to the travel ban however logistics are still to be announced. 

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

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The Grower wins three awards

The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation has honoured The Grower in the categories of photography and electronic audio (podcasts) in its first-ever virtual awards.

Soil fertility specialist appointed in Ontario

Dr. Tejendra Chapagain has been hired by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to work with horticultural farmers on cover crops and soil fertility matters. He brings global experience in Nepal and Japan to the role as well as diverse field experience in Canada. 

Mike Ecker, winner of CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring Mike Ecker, president of Vineland Growers’ Co-operative, for his 45-year career in the produce industry. 

OPMA welcomes two new board members

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association has two new board directors:  Fiona McLean, Del Fresco Produce and Michael Wexler, the Oppenheimer Group. They will serve a three-year term.

Conservative shadow cabinet named

Lianne Rood, a southwestern Ontario MP, has been named the shadow minister for agriculture and agri-food. She has held that role since December 2019.  

 

The smoke from U.S. wildfires is affecting apple harvest in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley while Hurricane Teddy is bearing down on Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley on September 22.    

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Velum Prime nematicide/fungicide label expanded

Bayer Crop Science’s nematicide/fungicide is now labelled for suppression of nematodes on ginseng, caneberries, pome fruit and stone fruit in Canada. 

Prowl H2O herbicide label expanded for transplanted celery

Another weed control tool is available to growers of muck crops. 

Biological control to be used in potatoes, garlic

Sylvar Technologies Inc is introducing a biological control to manage common scab in potatoes and basal root rot in garlic.

Cohort Wholesale enters Canadian marketplace

A new wholesaler, headed by 20-year veteran Scott Hodgins, aims to connect farmers with crop protection manufacturers. 

Poast Ultra herbicide label extended for green onions

Growers of green onions have another option for weed control. 

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  • Thinley Sangpo, Fresh Taste Produce, Ontario Food Terminal. Photo by Glenn Lowson.
    The Grower wins three awards

    The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation has honoured The Grower in the categories of photography and electronic audio (podcasts) in its first-ever virtual awards.

  • Soil fertility specialist appointed in Ontario

    Dr. Tejendra Chapagain has been hired by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to work with horticultural farmers on cover crops and soil fertility matters. He brings global experience in Nepal and Japan to the role as well as diverse field experience in Canada. 

  • DRC announces leadership changes

    The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

  • Mike Ecker, winner of CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring Mike Ecker, president of Vineland Growers’ Co-operative, for his 45-year career in the produce industry. 

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Cascades introduces thermoformed cardboard food tray

Recycled and recyclable, this thermoformed cardboard food tray features a water-based coating that protects from moisture.  

Enhanced online waste efficiency tool available

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is offering an enhanced tool to its members to help reduce waste. Those who used the first version report reduced labour costs because they implemented more effective daily management systems.

Velum Prime nematicide/fungicide label expanded

Bayer Crop Science’s nematicide/fungicide is now labelled for suppression of nematodes on ginseng, caneberries, pome fruit and stone fruit in Canada. 

Mastronardi Produce launches Queen of Greens

Just in time for the PMA virtual Fresh Summit October 13-15, Mastronardi Produce is launching a new lettuce brand:  Queen of Greens. Company patriarch Armando planted lettuce – before tomatoes – when he first came to Canada.

 

Weeding robot now on road trip to French vineyards

Feedback from 20 French winegrowers has helped to refine the latest version of Ted, a robotic weeder now on a roadshow throughout France. It’s available for sale in 2021.  

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