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Cornell U releases three new apple varieties

Orchardists in New York state and across the U.S. will have access to three new apple varieties:  Cordera, Pink Luster and Firecracker.   

OECD reports unprecedented fall in gross domestic product

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports a fall of 9.8% in GDP in Q2 of 2020. This is the largest drop ever recorded for the major seven economies. GDP fell most dramatically in the United Kingdom and the least in the United States. Canada’s GDP fell 12%.  

United Fresh Convention moves to June 2021

The United Fresh Produce Association and Fresh Produce and Floral Council will hold a joint convention and expo June 24-26, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. 

 

Syngenta Vegetable Seeds offer virtual cucurbit event

The free-to-attend online experience, September 10, aims to connect the vegetable seed industry value chain with exclusive access to Syngenta innovations and experts.

Asia Fruit Logistica goes virtual

Asia Fruit Logistica, originally planned for Singapore, will now be held in a new digital format November 18-20, 2020.

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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.  

Red Sun Farms lights up

Headquartered in Kingsville, Ontario, Red Sun Farms has installed state-of-the-art lighting to grow year-round. 

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.  

Compostable cucumber wrap is launched

Nature Fresh Farms continue their sustainable initiatives by releasing a new, 100 per cent home compostable wrap for their long English Cucumbers, a first in the North American market.

Perennia launches orchard tool Iphone app

Michelle Cortens, Nova Scotia tree fruit specialist, and team have launched a new app for orchard management. She’s with Perennia Food & Agriculture based in Kentville. 

The Canadian apple crop is predicted to yield 18.7 million bushels, up 3.5 per cent from last year, says Don Werden, Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association. In all areas, labour to harvest is a concern.  

Ajit Saxena (L) interviews his boss Bert Mucci for the first episode of “Spill the Greens” podcast.

Ontario greenhouse grower Mucci Farms is adding its voice to the podcast channel with historical and educational insights from its CEO Bert Mucci and its expert specialists. 

 

As of August 20, many regions are facing moderate to severe drought conditions. Rainfall is critical for this crop reports Kevin MacIsaac, general manager, United Potato Growers of Canada. In the west, the crop is running behind schedule as processors push to get new crop harvest underway. Prairie yields currently look average at best.

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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. 

Bayer launches trials to address ToBRFV

Two varieties of Roma-type tomatoes that claim intermediate resistance to Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus will be trialled in Mexico. 

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. 

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Cornell U releases three new apple varieties

Orchardists in New York state and across the U.S. will have access to three new apple varieties:  Cordera, Pink Luster and Firecracker.   

OECD reports unprecedented fall in gross domestic product

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports a fall of 9.8% in GDP in Q2 of 2020. This is the largest drop ever recorded for the major seven economies. GDP fell most dramatically in the United Kingdom and the least in the United States. Canada’s GDP fell 12%.  

Field practices updated for California leafy greens

More than 50 recommendations have been approved by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement to revise practices in farm water use and field/equipment sanitation. The action comes after 2019 outbreaks of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce. 

Syngenta Vegetable Seeds offer virtual cucurbit event

The free-to-attend online experience, September 10, aims to connect the vegetable seed industry value chain with exclusive access to Syngenta innovations and experts.

Asia Fruit Logistica goes virtual

Asia Fruit Logistica, originally planned for Singapore, will now be held in a new digital format November 18-20, 2020.

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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. 

Recent News

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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