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Two neonics will be allowed with new risk mitigation measures

Health Canada will allow some key uses of clothianidin and thiamethoxam on crops with additional risk mitigation measures. Changes are effective by March 31, 2023.

Linuron herbicide to be continued

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has released its re-evaluation decision on linuron, allowing use on carrots, parsnips, potatoes, asparagus and shelterbelts. Risk-reduction measures will apply.  

Biobest partners with ecoation to drive AI-optimized IPM

Biobest, a global supplier for biological control of pests and disease, is partnering with Ecoation Innovation Solutions to digitize the scheduling of integrated pest management in the European market. 

Excalia fungicide registered for apples

Nufarm, in partnership with Valent Canada, announces a new fungicide for control of scab and powdery mildew in apples. Excalia must be applied between green tip and petal fall. 

ADAMA announces expanded eastern Canadian network

A portfolio of more than 270 active ingredients belonging to ADAMA is now available more widely throughout eastern Canada for growers of apples, potatoes and a variety of vegetable crops. 

BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions has received registration for Merivon fungicide. It can be used to address key diseases such as black rot and bitter rot in apples, and Septoria leaf spot and botrytis gray mold in blueberries. 

RELATED NEWS

Two neonics will be allowed with new risk mitigation measures

Health Canada will allow some key uses of clothianidin and thiamethoxam on crops with additional risk mitigation measures. Changes are effective by March 31, 2023.

Linuron herbicide to be continued

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has released its re-evaluation decision on linuron, allowing use on carrots, parsnips, potatoes, asparagus and shelterbelts. Risk-reduction measures will apply.  

Biobest partners with ecoation to drive AI-optimized IPM

Biobest, a global supplier for biological control of pests and disease, is partnering with Ecoation Innovation Solutions to digitize the scheduling of integrated pest management in the European market. 

Excalia fungicide registered for apples

Nufarm, in partnership with Valent Canada, announces a new fungicide for control of scab and powdery mildew in apples. Excalia must be applied between green tip and petal fall. 

ADAMA announces expanded eastern Canadian network

A portfolio of more than 270 active ingredients belonging to ADAMA is now available more widely throughout eastern Canada for growers of apples, potatoes and a variety of vegetable crops. 

RELATED NEWS

Two neonics will be allowed with new risk mitigation measures

Health Canada will allow some key uses of clothianidin and thiamethoxam on crops with additional risk mitigation measures. Changes are effective by March 31, 2023.

Linuron herbicide to be continued

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has released its re-evaluation decision on linuron, allowing use on carrots, parsnips, potatoes, asparagus and shelterbelts. Risk-reduction measures will apply.  

Biobest partners with ecoation to drive AI-optimized IPM

Biobest, a global supplier for biological control of pests and disease, is partnering with Ecoation Innovation Solutions to digitize the scheduling of integrated pest management in the European market. 

Excalia fungicide registered for apples

Nufarm, in partnership with Valent Canada, announces a new fungicide for control of scab and powdery mildew in apples. Excalia must be applied between green tip and petal fall. 

ADAMA announces expanded eastern Canadian network

A portfolio of more than 270 active ingredients belonging to ADAMA is now available more widely throughout eastern Canada for growers of apples, potatoes and a variety of vegetable crops. 

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Ontario greenhouse growers innovate

More than $3.6 million of Ontario funding will be targeted to 12 projects through the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative. One project is to test cost effectiveness of anti-viral coating to treat tools and surfaces with hopes of reducing spread of human and plant viruses. 

Artificial intelligence is coming to greenhouse vegetables operations

Smart algorithms can optimize and steer climate, irrigation and energy in daily operations of greenhouses. A January 28 webinar delves into how artificial intelligence can reduce dependency on human expertise in controlled environments. 

Telus launches agriculture division

Telus Corporation, a Canadian telecom company, has announced its acquisitions of several data management and analytics companies to come under the umbrella of Telus Agriculture.   

Ecoation partners with robotic arm developer

Ecoation is partnering with Kinova, a Canadian-based global leader in professional robotics. It’s a step forward in identifying pests and diseases in greenhouses.

Nobel Prize winners for chemistry discovered genetic scissors

Two scientists – one in Germany, one in the United States – are winning global accolades for their development of a method of genome editing. They are Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna.  

 

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Two neonics will be allowed with new risk mitigation measures

Health Canada will allow some key uses of clothianidin and thiamethoxam on crops with additional risk mitigation measures. Changes are effective by March 31, 2023.

Linuron herbicide to be continued

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has released its re-evaluation decision on linuron, allowing use on carrots, parsnips, potatoes, asparagus and shelterbelts. Risk-reduction measures will apply.  

Biobest partners with ecoation to drive AI-optimized IPM

Biobest, a global supplier for biological control of pests and disease, is partnering with Ecoation Innovation Solutions to digitize the scheduling of integrated pest management in the European market. 

Excalia fungicide registered for apples

Nufarm, in partnership with Valent Canada, announces a new fungicide for control of scab and powdery mildew in apples. Excalia must be applied between green tip and petal fall. 

ADAMA announces expanded eastern Canadian network

A portfolio of more than 270 active ingredients belonging to ADAMA is now available more widely throughout eastern Canada for growers of apples, potatoes and a variety of vegetable crops. 

Several changes in the proposed integrated approach for PMRA re-evaluations should provide for more predictable outcomes, enhanced stakeholder engagement and improved empirical data for risk assessments, including refined grower use information. Columnist Chris Duyvelshoff along with Charles Stevens, chair, OFVGA crop protection section, share the big picture.

As difficult as 2020 was for many people, Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman observes one positive: the consumer’s perception of the value of food has changed.

In the summer of 2020, a plexiglass barrier at an Ontario farmers’ market is a potent symbol of the pride in growing fruits and vegetables. And the need to grow more for domestic consumers. Columnist Owen Roberts goes beyond Canada’s borders to explain what’s happening in Argentina and Mexico. 

For John Beardsley, crops consultant for Exeter Produce, wearing a mask became routine in the summer of 2020.

Masks?  That’s something that other people wear over there, in other countries. COVID-19 altered that viewpoint forever. As OFVGA chair Bill George recalls, the hard work of 2020 is spilling over into 2021. 

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Potato stocks are below three-year average

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The federal government has announced more than $6 million to support worker health and safety in the Ontario food processing sector. Some of those recipients are greenhouse packing facilities.  

Pilot vaccination site opens April 10 at Toronto airport

Temporary foreign workers arriving by charter at Toronto Pearson International Airport will now be offered a vaccine at a secure vaccination site. The vaccine is voluntary. 

Luci Faas is one of 10 Women in Produce nominees

After two years of research and pilots, Luci Faas was successful in identifying a home-compostable cucumber wrap for Nature Fresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring her as one of 10 Women in Produce nominees. 

Ontario offers $10M to protect agri-food workers

Ontario growers should note that April 22 is the intake opening date to apply for a maximum of $15,000 to help offset costs of personal protective equipment and redesigned work stations. It’s first-come, first-served for the $10 million provincial program.

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