Vegetables
December 4, 2012 – An introductory workshop exploring the opportunities for direct-market fruit and vegetable production is being held in five locations in Alberta during January and February. The workshop is designed to provide industry specific information and data to Albertans interested in the horticulture industry. The workshop is also…
November 15, 2012, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - Potato farmers will be able to tap into new markets and increase their profitability with an investment from the Harper Government. Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Egmont), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment…
October 24, 2012 – Potatoes with higher levels of beneficial carotenoids are the result of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies. Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) bred yellow potatoes with carotenoid levels that are two to three times higher than those of the popular Yukon Gold yellow-fleshed potato…
October 19, 2012 – Preventing activity of a key enzyme in potatoes could help boost potato quality by putting an end to cold-induced sweetening, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Cold-induced sweetening, which occurs when potatoes are put in long-term cold storage, causes flavour changes and unwanted dark…
Oct. 17, 2012, State Collge, PA - It appears that, after an extremely warm winter last year, cold weather will be making a comeback this year in Canada. According to an AccuWeather.com release, the Atlantic and Maritime Provinces will be the one exception to receiving colder weather, but winter storms…
October 15, 2012 – Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum L) are a warm season, annual crop and in northern climates they are set out as transplants during late May to late June. Transplanting brings the plant into flower sooner, increasing economic yields. Fruit size generally drops over time with the first…
October 15, 2012, Norman Wells, NWT – One man in Norman Wells is transforming his town into the potato capital of the N.W.T., harvesting 30,000 pounds of the vegetable this year from his farm about 130 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. The short growing season and cold temperatures make…
October 10, 2012 – Tomatoes are particularly susceptible to salmonella the first week after seedlings are transplanted, with a much greater chance that the flesh of the fruit will become contaminated from the inside out if exposed at that time, according to research expected to be published later this year.…
October 3, 2012, Charlottetown, PEI – Potato growers on P.E.I. are concerned that some of their crops might be lost because of the wet weather. Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen’s potato field at Vanco Farms is completely saturated with water after recent rains. Nearly three months ago, van Nieuwenhuyzen was praying for…
September 12, 2012 – High tunnels or hoophouses, as they are sometimes known, can serve as a tool for extending the growing season or growing crops that might otherwise be too tender for production in a cool climate. Hoophouses can lend themselves more readily to organic or low-input production for…
July 30, 2012 – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs potato specialist Eugenia Banks is reporting that late blight has not been confirmed in the area of Uxbridge, Ont., as reported in mid-July. The report was the result of a misdiagnosis. To date, there are no confirmed reports…
Jul. 16, 2012 -Since the initial report of downy mildew in Elgin county, there has been very little activity across the cucumber growing region.  To date, the disease has been confirmed in only two fields in Ontario.  Hot, dry temperatures will certainly slow the development of this disease.  However, don’t…
Jul. 6, 2012, Ottawa, ON - Fifteen Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals were awarded at a banquet dinner at 4-H Canada’s Annual General Meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland last month. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal honours Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life, who…
July 4, 2012 – Downy mildew was confirmed in a pickling cucumber field in Elgin County on July 3rd, 2012. The level of disease in this field is significant with up to 20 per cent of the canopy showing infection. All cucumber growers in Ontario are reminded to maintain an…
July 4, 2012, Twin Falls, ID – It would appear the bacterium that causes the potato disease zebra chip is slowly heading north. The bacterium – which Idaho agriculture officials say could devastate state’s potato crop – was recently found in a Twin Falls County farmer’s field. Tests at the…
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