Vegetables
March 27, 2017, Ridgetown, Ont – The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has released its 2017 schedule for integrated pest management (IPM) workshops for those who will be scouting horticultural crops this year. To register, please contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300. Planning is…
March 24, 2017, Mitchell, Ont – Ontario growers and processors of fruits and vegetables have successfully concluded an agreement for the 2017 vegetable season, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processing Association (OFVPA) announced. "For the first time we could sit down directly with our partner growers and resolve many issues,"…
December 9, 2016 – Potato storage sheds in Manitoba are full, thanks to blockbuster yields this fall. In fact, yields were so large that a portion of Manitoba’s potato crop is still in the ground. Consequently, about 1,300 acres of potatoes weren’t harvested this year in Manitoba out of 65,000…
December 1, 2016, Guelph, Ont – Bayer recently announced the launch of Velum Prime nematicide, the first non-fumigant nematicide registered for potatoes in Canada. Velum Prime is a new mode of action and chemical class (pyridinyl ethyl benzamide) for nematode protection. It offers growers effective nematode protection that helps sustain…
November 21, 2016, Ithaca, NY – A Cornell University program is reimagining kale – its colour, shape and even flavour – in a bid to breed the naturally biodiverse vegetable for consumer satisfaction.
October 5, 2016, Edmonton, Alta – The HortSnacks-to-Go 2016-2017 Webinar Series gets underway on October 17, 2016, at 3 p.m. MT. “This first webinar in the series features Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote of Black Fox Farm and Distillery,” says Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF). “Barb and her…
October 5, 2016, Denmark – Life can be difficult for a potato plant when the soil is thirsting for water and nutrients – unless the plant is given a helping hand from a certain group of fungi.
September 7, 2016, Vineland, Ont – It’s no secret that there’s a growing ethnic population of Canadians who have preferences for foods from their home countries. That fact brings with it unique opportunities for farmers to produce crops that haven’t traditionally been grown locally. Okra is one such crop. More…
Asian and Indian eggplant Photo by AgInnovation Ontario June 28, 2016, Vineland, Ont – Chinese long and Indian round eggplant are one of Ontario’s newest locally grown vegetable crops, thanks to ongoing research at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC). Some quantities of field-grown Canadian Asian eggplant are already…
June 28, 2016, Ridgetown, Ont – The Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph is hosting a vegetable open house July 19 for commercial vegetable growers and agribusiness. Participants can choose an afternoon (1:30 – 4:30 p.m.) or evening (6 – 9 p.m.) tour. For either tour, participants are asked…
June 15, 2016, Guelph, Ont – Several fields of garlic in Ontario have been completely destroyed by stem and bulb nematodes in recent years. This microscopic worm-like pest has been spreading from field to field unknowingly in contaminated garlic cloves sold and used for seed. Obvious symptoms of stem and…
June 1, 2016, Ridgetown, Ont – Young asparagus fields are most susceptible to foliar diseases. Depending on the weather conditions, they will typically appear soon after the plants begin to fern out. Scout regularly, especially as harvest winds down in the immature fields. Both rust and purple spot lesions have…
May 9, 2016, Medford, MA – Half of the world's fruit and vegetable crops are lost during the food supply chain, due mostly to premature deterioration of these perishable foods, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Tufts University biomedical engineers have demonstrated that fruits…
May 9, 2016, Toronto, Ont – The Yukon Gold potato might have come from humble roots, but the Canadian-bred spud has achieved global status among chefs and food writers. It seems Gary Johnston, the plant scientist who bred the yellow-fleshed potato 50 years ago, was ahead of his time. READ…
April 21, 2016, Charlottetown, PEI – The $1.8 million cut to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is not as bad as it sounds, says minister Alan MacIsaac. The provincial budget shows a five per cent cut to the department, with most of the money coming from the agriculture side.…

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