Vegetables
  As we all have heard many times, there are numerous benefits of having a food safety program in place. Many Canadian fruit and vegetable producers who have implemented a program have accessed new markets, increased their awareness of their overall farm business process and boosted operational efficiencies, on-farm food…
  Juicy, ripe, Roma-style tomatoes, stocked in the canned goods section of the local supermarket, are already peeled and ready for you to add to your favorite winter stew, soup, or casserole. Equally versatile, and used by restaurant chefs and home cooks alike, are canned stewed or diced tomatoes, perfect…
December 30, 2014, Kearneysville, WV – When you think of the traits a perfect fruit tree should have, you may think of fragrant blossoms or juicy fruit, but the shape of the tree might not occur to you. In fact, tree shape is very important in agriculture. A tree used…
November 21, 2014, Vineland, Ont – The sweet potato craze is one of the latest food trends to sweep our nation. Canadian demand for the healthy tuber has sky rocketed, reaching heights that far outstrip Ontario’s small, locally grown supply. Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are working…
October 9, 2014, Vineland Station, Ont – Canada’s changing demographics are creating new market opportunities for farmers looking to expand their businesses. Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are exploring the market potential of vegetable crops popular with South Asian and Afro-Caribbean consumers and how to successfully grow…
October 8, 2014, Charlottetown, PEI – Potatoes grown and packaged on a farm in Prince Edward Island are being recalled and RCMP are investigating after a metal object was found inserted inside a potato. On Oct. 6, P.E.I. RCMP was informed a potato in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador had…
August 6, 2014, Vineland, Ont – The sweet potatoes growing at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are stressed out. Not only are they being grown in trying conditions, to see how they fare, they’re also under pressure to produce tubers that will one day be the makings of a…
In addition to the traditional russet potato, the Texas A&M Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program led by Dr. Creighton Miller is producing a variety of colored gourmet potatoes. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Kay Ledbetter) July 29, 2014, Springlake, TX – A decline in overall potato consumption has Texas…
July 30, 2014 – After a decade of declining domestic demand, North America’s potato industry may have a reason to feel hopeful. Kevin MacIsaac, United Potato Growers of Canada general manager, said North American processors exported near record amounts of frozen potatoes to Asia this spring. READ MORE
June 11, 2014 – Mexico opened its border to fresh potatoes from the United States in May, which could significantly boost exports from Colorado and Texas and have favourable results even for Canada’s industry. Kevin MacIsaac, United Potato Growers of Canada general manager, said American politicians and potato industry groups…
May 30, 2014 – With more people buying local and organic food, consumers should know the difference between the two so they recognize what they’re buying, but nearly one in five still confuse the terms, a University of Florida (UF) researcher says. Newly published research, done in partnership with three…
May 26, 2014, Ottawa, Ont – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have adopted revised guidelines to manage potato cyst nematode (PCN) that will support potato growers, help facilitate international trade, and maintain protection against the pest. Effective immediately, seed potato growers can…
April 29, 2014, Charlottetown, PEI – Some potato farmers in P.E.I. say the unseasonably cold weather this year has put a halt to planting – and the early premium-priced June spuds that come with it. David MacLeod says his farm is often dry and warm this time of year but…
There is little information available as to the effects of extreme winter cold on the asparagus crop. However, recent research at the University of Guelph is helping to better understand the impacts of fall and spring freeze events on asparagus growth and development. From these studies, it appears that fall…
Potato growers are cruising for a losing position in the market if they don’t take bruising seriously. That was the message Kiara Jack of ES Cropconsult Ltd. in Surrey, B.C., delivered at the recent Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford, B.C., during a seminar focused on improving potato quality. Bruising may…

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