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Pyganic insecticide registered for low-growing berries

Pyganic crop protection insecticide controls several insect pests of low-growing berries such as lowbush blueberries. 

How Pest Management Centre is moving forward

The provincial minor use coordinators are gathering input from their stakeholders about critical priorities for pathology, entomology and weed science. 

Aim herbicide registered for weed control in mint

Weed control in herbs is now improved for mint in particular. 

XenTari WG biological insecticide label extended

This biological insecticide label has been extended for control of additional pests on fruiting vegetables such as eggplant and greenhouse strawberries. 

Ignite SN herbicide label expanded for strawberries in Canada

Choices for weed control in strawberries have expanded with new label for Ignite SN herbicide.

2020 marks the 20thanniversary for the Dispute Resolution Corporation. Look for a refreshed website and logo on March 11.  

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Fresh Direct Produce co-founder passes

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce, has passed due to cancer. 

CHC honours leaders

Collaborative. Untiring. Tenacious. These are some of the adjectives that Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council used to describe four award winners at the 98thannual general meeting in Ottawa. 

Vineland appoints new VP, operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. 

Stokes Seeds names new territory manager

Stokes Seeds welcomes aboard Alexandre Bisson as a new Quebec territory manager, based on the south shore region of Montréal. 

OMAFRA leadership changes

Greg Meredith, deputy minister of Ontario agriculture, food and rural affairs will be moving to the ministry of labour, training and skills development effective April 6, 2020. 

L-R: Rebecca Lee, executive director, Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) ; Brian Gilroy, president, CHC; Neil Ellis, parliamentary secretary for agriculture and agri-food; Oleen Smethurst, chair, Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Ron Lemaire, president, CPMA.

On February 25, the horticultural industry honed in on MPs on Parliament Hill. The mission was to refresh relationships but also to meet with newly elected MPs. Of 338 members of the House of the Commons, 27% are new.  

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Pyganic insecticide registered for low-growing berries

Pyganic crop protection insecticide controls several insect pests of low-growing berries such as lowbush blueberries. 

How Pest Management Centre is moving forward

The provincial minor use coordinators are gathering input from their stakeholders about critical priorities for pathology, entomology and weed science. 

Aim herbicide registered for weed control in mint

Weed control in herbs is now improved for mint in particular. 

Frontier Max herbicide registered on transplanted leeks

The Frontier Max herbicide label is expanded for control of specific weeds on transplanted leeks in Canada. 

Ignite SN herbicide label expanded for strawberries in Canada

Choices for weed control in strawberries have expanded with new label for Ignite SN herbicide.

Catherine Langlois

Arterra Wines Canada, Inc has fallen to the charms of Ontario’s Prince Edward County, acquiring Sandbanks Winery. The winery’s founder Catherine Langlois will continue but with greater resources and expertise to support the business based in Wellington. 

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Ron Lemaire CPMA on how the food chain is adapting to the virus crisis in real time

Working with many ag leaders across the country, the Ottawa-based president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association has been stick handling myriad issues.

Dr Chris Trobacher at NutriAg talks foliar and soil-applied nutrition in potatoes

Nutrients and micro-nutrients have a huge role to play in keeping potato plants healthy through the season. A strong plant is in a better position to ward off diseases and pests, and stand up to extreme  weather conditions.

Kevin Howe offers best tips for on-farm markets

Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, speaks with Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario.

Darci Vetter analyzes current state of global trade relations

Darci Vetter, former chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, has had a front-row seat to trade relations around the world.

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    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Latest guidance to employers

On April 6, the federal government updated guidelines for seasonal and temporary agricultural workers. As rules are clarified, Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, issued an update to all farm employers. 

Farmland prices soften amid uncertainty

The average value of Canadian farmland increased by 5.2 per cent in 2019, the smallest increase over the last decade, according to the latest Farmland Values Report by Farm Credit Canada. The statistics do not reflect any impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario sets up portal to attract ag workers

Anticipating a labour crunch, Ontario’s ag ministry has launched an online portal to attract workers to employers in the agri-food sector.

Ontario Food Terminal protocols under COVID-19

One of the critical assets in the food chain is the Ontario Food Terminal. Ken Knox, chair of the board, describes how the crisis team is responding. Look for details in a question-and-answer format with the editor of The Grower. 

Light in the tunnel for re-evaluation program

The current model clearly has some serious deficiencies and that’s led to some poor outcomes for all stakeholders. The future view is looking much brighter writes columnist Chris Duyvelshoff.

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