Vegetables
May 2, 2013, Guelph, ON - From farmers’ markets to community gardens, everything you might want to know about local food projects across Ontario is served up in a first-ever report co-authored by University of Guelph experts.The report, released in late April, is intended to help community members develop local…
Packaging innovations can prolong produce shelf life and reduce waste, according to Dr. Charles Forney, a postharvest research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “You are seeing a lot more rigid packaging, clamshells and lids,” he said. “Low-profile clamshells offer a big reduction in physical damage and crushing.” Fruit and…
April 8, 2013 – Here’s a place to access timely information on crop production and events affecting specialty crop producers and interested members of the industry in Ontario.  Topics may include crop production; monitoring and management of insects, diseases and weeds, and answers to frequently asked questions about specialty crops…
April 8, 2013, East Lansing, MI – After a plant’s macronutrient (N, P, K, Ca and Mg) needs are met, there are several micronutrients that come into play that can limit maximum yields. One of the more critical micronutrients to some plant systems is boron (B). Boron is important in…
Mar. 22, 2013, O'Leary, PEI - Environmentally sustainable production of potatoes is not only in the best interest of the natural environment and all (Prince Edward) Islanders, but it is also the most economically sustainable option for growers, the PEI Potato Board acknowledged in a recent press release.The board was…
Almost 10 years ago, B.C. began hosting its own provincial potato variety trials. Since then, the program has grown by leaps and bounds, both in size and success. “I went back and looked at some of the data from the first trial to now to see which varieties we had…
Feb. 28, 2013, Milton, ON - Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) organizations will participate in the second annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week (CALW) in schools across the nation the week of March 3rd to 9th, 2013. CALW is a hands-on program that encourages students to learn about and celebrate agriculture in…
February 22, 2013, St. Paul, MN – According to the USDA, California is by far the leading producer of processing tomatoes in the United States, accounting for 96 per cent of U.S. output. The latest Focus on Tomato presentation features considerations and best practices for California’s processing tomato industry. In…
February 15, 2013, Leamington, Ont – District 1 of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers and OMAFRA are presenting the 37th Annual Tomato Day. This day of educational sessions and a trade show, focussed on processing tomatoes, will be held on March 5 at the Roma Club, located at 19 Seacliff…
February 15, 2013, Davis, CA – From the small, spicy Thai chiles to the portly, mild bell pepper, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a “family tree” of sorts for peppers and characterized the diversity of genes found in a collection of common cultivated pepper varieties. Findings…
February 15, 2013, East Lansing, MI – Using a strip tillage system in combination with cover crops benefits vegetable farmers as well as the land, according to long-term research by Dan Brainard, a Michigan State University (MSU) horticulture researcher. Brainard’s research shows that strip tillage in combination with cover crops…
January 10, 2013, Ithaca, NY – Chefs and home cooks could soon have easier access to a homegrown “super food,” thanks to a Cornell-led team of researchers working to expand broccoli's availability at farms, farmer's markets and grocery stores from Maine to Florida. Broccoli is at the center of a…
January 2, 2013, Fredericton, NB – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Potato Research Centre is holding an open house February 13, 2013. The open house will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until about 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. In the morning, visitors will have an opportunity to view potato…
January 2, 2013, Chicago, IL – Drinking to ring in the New Year may have left many suffering with the dreaded hangover. According to a study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract may…
December 19, 2012 – The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affair’s vegetable specialist team has recently listed the vegetable sessions on offer at the 2013 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention. To see the agenda, CLICK HERE.

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