Crop researchers continue to unearth the pathways of how plants photosynthesize. American company, Yield10 Bioscience, has signed a research agreement with J.R. Simplot Company to further evaluate three novel yield traits in potatoes.

With more than 1,300 megawatts of greenhouse load seeking to connect in Ontario by 2025, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is calling for proposals for innovative projects focused on reducing electricity demand from indoor agriculture. Total available funding is up to $2.5 million. IESO will accept proposals from November 18, 2019 to February 14, 2020. 

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BASF launches Cevya fungicide in Canada

Systemic fungicide Cevya will be available for the 2020 crop year.  

Prowl herbicide label expanded

The Prowl herbicide label is now expanded for control of labelled weeds on garlic, shallots and transplanted leeks in Canada

Delegate insecticide label expanded on grapes, fruiting vegetables

The Delegate insecticide label is now expanded for control of spotted wing drosophila on grapes and other pests in fruiting vegetables in Canada. 

Syngenta appoints Christina Stroud

A strategic communications professional, Christina Stroud has joined Syngenta Canada as the new head of corporate affairs.

Post-harvest treatment of problem weeds

The spectrum of weeds in orchards and vineyards is changing says Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA weed management specialist – horticulture. She offers timely advice for post-harvest treatment. 

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Apeel goes global

The California company that has engineered an edible covering for fruits and vegetables is opening offices in key countries:  Mexico, Netherlands and Peru. 

Action against tomato brown rugose fruit virus

USDA now requires Canada to inspect tomato and pepper fruit to ensure it is free of disease symptoms prior to export to the United States. The federal order is effective Friday, November 22, 2019.

Houwelings defends intellectual property

A United States Court of Appeals has affirmed the validity of Houweling’s UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse patent. 

Guelph Equinox asparagus launched in Europe

Global Plant Genetics has officially launched the Guelph Equinox asparagus variety in Europe. This is a milestone for Fox Seeds of Canada, incorporated in February 2012. 

Chilean blueberry exports achieve record

The world’s largest exporter of blueberries, Chile, reports that exports will reach record volumes of 115,000 tons in the 2019-2020 season. That’s up four per cent from a year ago. 

The SUNSET-grown WOW berries promotion was named Best in Show at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California. The trade show broke attendance records October 17-19 with 24,000 attendees.

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FEATURES

  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    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.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    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.

Recent News

BC Icewine harvest began Nov 28

Grower intentions for the BC Icewine harvest are down in 2019 with a total of 125 acres registered. That figure is off the pace of 200 acres in recent years.

Food prices to increase in 2020

The 10th annual Canada Food Price Report predicts that vegetable prices will increase by two to four per cent in 2020.  Fruit prices could go up by 1.5 to 3.5 per cent.

Solar renewable energy for greenhouses

Researchers at the University of Windsor are looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing its environmental footprint. 

Compliance postponed for a year on produce packaging

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is extending mandatory compliance for Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) traceability requirements specific to produce packaging. The fruit and vegetable industry has until January 15, 2021 to use the current stock of packaging material.

Security from trespass legislation in Ontario

While it’s unlikely that activists would raid a potato-packing facility, the integrity and security of the food safety system must be upheld. That’s why Ontario’s proposed new legislation – Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act 2019 – is relevant beyond livestock farmers. 

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