Fruit Logistica delayed until April 2022

The produce industry’s biggest international trade show, Fruit Logistica, has been postponed to April 5-7, 2022 due to the fourth wave of the pandemic in Europe.

Guest workers in US at all-time high

The United States Labour Department approved 317,619 seasonal guest workers in the last fiscal year, a figure that’s up 15 per cent from the previous year. That’s an all-time record with Florida, Georgia and California farmers being the heaviest users of the program. 

Gene-edited strawberries promise longer shelf life

J.R. Simplot is parlaying its CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing expertise into the arena of strawberries, hoping to breed characteristics of longer shelf life with the help of Plant Sciences Inc in Watsonville, Calfornia. 

International Fresh Produce Association is new name for merger

The U.S.-based Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh have announced that the merged organizations will be called International Fresh Produce Association, effective January 2022. 

Fruit Logistica plans for live show

Fruit Logistica, famed for its exhibitor trade show and programming, is on track for a physical event in Berlin from February 9-11, 2022.

Cathy McKay, chair, Ontario Apple Growers

Plentiful July rain and sunny August days have contributed to sweetness and flavour in the 2021 Ontario apple crop. That said, the crop will be down about 15 per cent due to spring frosts according to Cathy McKay, chair of Ontario Apple Growers. 

September 15th kicked off the annual harvest says Kalpna Solanki, chair of the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission. Most of the crop is transformed into Craisins, an Ocean Spray product. 

Photo courtesy of Nick Ploeg

BASF Canada has received registration for a fungicide with new active ingredient Revysol for broad spectrum control against foliar diseases such as early blight, black dot and brown spot in potatoes.  It will be available for the 2022 growing season. 


Spear-T biopesticide to be launched to greenhouse growers

Vestaron Corporation has named Plant Products, Leamington, Ontario to be exclusive distributor for the Canadian greenhouse market. The first product will be Spear-T biopesticide.

Cohort Wholesale to commercialize Spear-Lep insecticide in Canada

Canadian distributor, Cohort Wholesale, is supporting Vestaron in commercializing the innovative insecticide for fruit and vegetable crops.

UPL to partner with Cohort Wholesale

Cohort Wholesale will provide technical, sales, warehousing and logistical support for UPL products. The agreement is effective September 1, 2021.  

Health Canada pauses decision on glyphosate

Federal ministers of health, agriculture and agri-food, environment and climate change have paused any proposed increases to Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) including for glyphosate. There will be no increases to MRLs until at least spring 2022. 

Plans for Priority Setting Workshop underway for 2022

The Pest Management Centre has announced that the 2022 Priority Setting Workshop will be held virtually in February and March.  

A veteran of Canada’s potato industry, Kevin MacIsaac, plans to retire this fall after a decade as general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada. His diversified career spans 42 years as an extension agronomist, farmer, industry organizer and articulate advocate for agriculture. 


Shadow ministers announced for Conservatives

Alberta MP John Barlow is back in the saddle as the shadow minister for agriculture, agri-food and food security. 

Nuffield Canada announces 2022 scholars

One of the six scholars named to a $15,000 Nuffield Canada scholarship is Mark Phillips, marketing specialist for the Prince Edward Island Potato Board. He intends to research public trust issues. 

Corteva names Chuck Magro as next CEO

Global crop protection company Corteva has named Canadian Chuck Magro as the next CEO, effective November 1, 2021.

Marie-Claude Bibeau retains role as ag minister

The Québec-based and bilingual Marie-Claude Bibeau was the first female to be appointed agriculture minister in March 2019. Her two-year tenure has earned her a renewed posting to the complex portfolio in the next Liberal government.  

Berry Growers of Ontario seek new general manager

Kevin Schooley is stepping down from his role as general manager after 18 years with the Berry Growers of Ontario. 

Increasing average farm size leaves wide swaths of farms behind, those previously viewed as viable family businesses. The shift to very large farms is accelerating say the authors from Agri-Food Economic Systems

A second Etobicoke, Ontario store will open September 16 in the continuing expansion of the Empire-owned banner. Two more locations are expected to open doors by end of 2021 – one in Toronto at Dupont and Christie and one in Ottawa-Stittsville.


Koppert launches new range of insect traps

Koppert Biological Systems has expanded its Horiver sticky trap range with four new traps for monitoring and trapping pests such as leaf miners, whiteflies, thrips and other harmful insects in a wide variety of crops. 

Biobest invests $10 million in ecoation

Biobest, active in biocontrol and pollination, is deepening its relationship with ecoation, a pioneer in robotics and artificial intelligence technologies for horticulture. 

The Certhon Harvest Robot makes debut in Netherlands

Based in the Netherlands, Certhon and its Japanese partner DENSO, are launching the Certhon Harvest Robot. This multifunctional robot can detect, cut and transport greenhouse-grown tomatoes to boxes without human help. 

South Essex Fabricating partners with Robovision

Based in Leamington, Ontario, South Essex Fabricating has signed a partnership agreement with Robovision for the research and development of deep-learning software and enhanced AI robotics for the agriculture industry.

Vineland releases a drone perspective of research

Situated in the Niagara peninsula, Vineland’s horticulture research and innovation laboratory spans 218 acres. A drone captured the spectacular views during August 2021.  



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Fruit Logistica delayed until April 2022

The produce industry’s biggest international trade show, Fruit Logistica, has been postponed to April 5-7, 2022 due to the fourth wave of the pandemic in Europe.

The fallout will be national if PEI potato exports do not resume to the U.S.

The Canadian government has banned the export of Prince Edward Island’s potatoes to the U.S. as of November 21. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in its regular testing protocols, found potato wart spores on tubers in two PEI processing fields. 

10 trends that will reshape 2022

As we learn to live with this global pandemic, its impacts are influencing our trends for 2022 writes Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman. 

The ministers Guelph Statement reflects new realities for agri-food

The federal government’s emphasis on climate and the environment will bring more change to agriculture.  Columnist Owen Roberts provides analysis of the federal-provincial-territorial ag ministers’ conference in Guelph, Ontario.

Supply chain pressures putting the squeeze on growers

A car part shortage is inconvenient when you’re waiting to buy a new vehicle but input shortages in horticulture have a more dramatic impact says Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.  

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