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Serifel fungicide label expanded

BASF has received label expansion for Serifel, a fungicide and a biological that can be used on a range of fruiting, leafy, root and cucurbit vegetables and berries.

Cormoran insecticide label expanded

Another tool is available for managing spotted-wing drosophila in blueberries. ADAMA Agricultural Solutions has announced that the crop protection product can be used on both highbush and lowbush blueberries.

Miravis fungicide labels expanded

Syngenta Canada has announced key additions to the Miravis fungicide lineup.  This is news pertinent to diverse horticultural crops such as potatoes, strawberries and highbush blueberries.

Phosmet approved with more risk mitigation measures

The broad-spectrum insecticide has been re-evaluated and approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for continued use in Canada.  The product is used in tree fruit, berries, carrots, celery and potatoes. 

Sharpen awareness of how to avoid pesticide resistance

Ontario growers are encouraged to register for an OMAFRA pesticide resistance management series. From Jan 25-28, 2021, learn more about how resistance occurs, Ontario-specific issues and management when using herbicides, insecticides and fungicides in field fruit, veg and specialty crops.

RELATED NEWS

Serifel fungicide label expanded

BASF has received label expansion for Serifel, a fungicide and a biological that can be used on a range of fruiting, leafy, root and cucurbit vegetables and berries.

Cormoran insecticide label expanded

Another tool is available for managing spotted-wing drosophila in blueberries. ADAMA Agricultural Solutions has announced that the crop protection product can be used on both highbush and lowbush blueberries.

Miravis fungicide labels expanded

Syngenta Canada has announced key additions to the Miravis fungicide lineup.  This is news pertinent to diverse horticultural crops such as potatoes, strawberries and highbush blueberries.

Phosmet approved with more risk mitigation measures

The broad-spectrum insecticide has been re-evaluated and approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for continued use in Canada.  The product is used in tree fruit, berries, carrots, celery and potatoes. 

Sharpen awareness of how to avoid pesticide resistance

Ontario growers are encouraged to register for an OMAFRA pesticide resistance management series. From Jan 25-28, 2021, learn more about how resistance occurs, Ontario-specific issues and management when using herbicides, insecticides and fungicides in field fruit, veg and specialty crops.

Potato production in Canada was literally all over the map in 2020. Due to market uncertainty from COVID-19, growers planted 5,000 fewer acres. And then hot, droughty weather trimmed yields further, especially in eastern Canada.  

The annual general meeting of CanAgPlus, the not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP Program, has elected two new and two returning directors. This is the oversight board for food safety. 

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Ontario welcomes tree fruit specialist

Erika DeBrouwer has joined the horticulture crops unit, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She will be based in Simcoe.

Nature Fresh Farms hires manager for Mexican greenhouse

Robert Van Der Geest becomes general manager for Nature Fresh Farms Mexico  leading operations of a 15-acre pepper greenhouse in the central region of the country. Another 15 acres are under construction. 

Leonard Pennachetti named to Order of Canada

The president and co-founder of Cave Spring Cellars has been named to the Order of Canada, capping a lifetime of achievements in the wine and hospitality industry of the Niagara Peninsula.  

Lana Popham continues as BC ag minister

British Columbia’s premier announced his new NDP cabinet on November 26, keeping Lana Popham in her role as minister of agriculture, food and fisheries. 

OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers. 

Potato seed sales were interrupted on November 20 due to the quarantinable disease of potato wart.  However, bilateral talks are underway with the United States to resume business as soon as possible.

Trinidadian seasonal worker Ricardo Sookhoo has resigned himself to the fact he may not be going home for Christmas. His employer is Avia and Bill Eek, King Township. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

For inexplicable reasons, the governments of Trinidad and Tobago are not repatriating hundreds of their citizens in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 385 workers from the eastern Caribbean islands who want to go home but are stranded in Ontario as of December 7, 2020. 

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Pharr International Bridge to expand

The crossing between Reynosa, Mexico and Pharr, Texas is expanding to accommodate $35 billion in trade and more in the years to come. It’s the number one crossing in the U.S for produce. More than 10 per cent of the crossings are in high-value berries.

International blueberry coalition formed

In a new twist, some of America’s largest blueberry growers are insisting that there is no injury to the industry when most imports arrive outside the domestic growing season of late April to early September. The coalition went public a week before the U.S. International Trade Commission looks at the case on January 12.

Blueberry alliance formed in U.S.

The American Blueberry Growers Alliance has been established to seek relief from rising imports. While Peru and Mexico are said to be the main irritants, Canada is also caught up in the International Trade Commission investigation.  

American farmers may get paid to plant cover crops

The U.S. president-elect has nominated former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack to become agriculture secretary. His approach to climate change will be watched closely in rural America. 

International Year of Fruits and Vegetables launches Dec 15

Conceived pre-pandemic, the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables is more relevant than ever. The UN’s focus will be on health benefits as well as preventing food waste. 

The Greenbelt, established in 2005, includes more than 800,000 hectares of land. It extends 325 km from the eastern end of the Oak Ridges Moraine, near Rice Lake in the east, to the Niagara River in the west. It includes vineyards such as this at Beamsville, ON. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Former Toronto mayor David Crombie resigned the chair of the Greenbelt Council on December 5, protesting the Ontario premier’s omnibus bill that would erode power of local Conservation Authorities. Half of the council resigned the next day. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture agrees that watershed planning transcends municipal borders.

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  • Ontario welcomes tree fruit specialist

    Erika DeBrouwer has joined the horticulture crops unit, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She will be based in Simcoe.

  • Robert Van Der Geest
    Nature Fresh Farms hires manager for Mexican greenhouse

    Robert Van Der Geest becomes general manager for Nature Fresh Farms Mexico  leading operations of a 15-acre pepper greenhouse in the central region of the country. Another 15 acres are under construction. 

  • Leonard Pennachetti named to Order of Canada

    The president and co-founder of Cave Spring Cellars has been named to the Order of Canada, capping a lifetime of achievements in the wine and hospitality industry of the Niagara Peninsula.  

  • CanAgPlus elects board

    The annual general meeting of CanAgPlus, the not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP Program, has elected two new and two returning directors. This is the oversight board for food safety. 

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Longos tops in customer experience

Leger’s 10th annual WOW index ranks Longo’s, the family-owned retailer as number one in customer experience, followed by Whole Foods, Farm Boy, Fortinos and Zehrs. The research ranks Ontario grocers on factors such as products, service and quality. 

BC-sponsored quarantine program for TFWs continues

The British Columbia government spent $15 million in 2020 protecting temporary foreign workers in its quarantine program. Having workers self-isolate before going to farms was a successful strategy in preventing further transmission of COVID-19. 

Ontario workplace inspections underway

Growers employing temporary foreign workers are encouraged to sign up for a February 3 webinar organized by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.

Grocers under the lens

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