Vegetables
August 28, 2013 – Late blight was discovered in Southern Alberta earlier this summer, but has been developing and spreading eastward through the region.Growers should increase their vigilance and monitoring for this disease and be prepared to respond as necessary.Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says increased awareness…
July 25, 2013 – To date, there are no confirmed cases of late blight in Ontario, but the disease has shown up in neighbouring states. Here’s a summary: July 17 – Wayne County, northern Ohio – tomato July 17 – Genesee County, (near Buffalo) New York – potato July 14…
Jul. 5, 2013, Toronto, ON - The third annual BMO Food Survey has analyzed the responses of 1,000 Canadians to determine the reasoning that they use to buy local food, as well as what products they actively buy.The top reasons Canadians buy local, according to the survey, include: The food…
July 4, 2013 – British Columbia must take steps to protect and ration water supplies through summer droughts and prepare for more frequent flooding if the province is to grow the its agricultural economy, say climate experts at Simon Fraser University. Weather events that used to come once in a…
Mothers are fond of sharing kernels of wisdom with their kids, like "the greener the vegetable, the healthier it is" or "potatoes are just empty carbohydrates." However, according to a roundtable of experts, potatoes and other white vegetables (such as cauliflower, onions, mushrooms, corn and kohlrabi) are healthier than most…
May 8, 2013, Milwaukee, WI – U.S. cranberry farmers who spent millions of dollars to replant and expand bogs face a financial crisis after a huge harvest in Canada flooded the market and sent prices plummeting. Farmers in Wisconsin, the leading cranberry producing state in the U.S., have been working…
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…

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