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June 11, 2012, Dorchester, Ont – The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has granted a second User Requested Minor Use Label Expansion (URMULE) for Ranman 400SC fungicide. Control of Pythium damping-off and Pythium root rot in greenhouse transplants of tomato, pepper, cucumber, lettuce and Brassica vegetables, have been added to the label. Ranman fungicide previously received an URMULE in Spring 2012 for suppression of white rust on spinach.

Ranman is a Group 21 product with the active ingredient cyazofamid. It is also registered for use on carrots, cucurbits and potatoes for several other diseases.

With this latest registration, Ranman can now be used for control of Pythium damping-off and Pythium root rot on greenhouse transplants of specified vegetables, at a rate of 30 millilitres per 100 litres of water. Ranman should be applied as a soil drench to the growing medium immediately after seeding.

This minor use registration was supported and co-sponsored by government stakeholders on both sides of the Canada – U.S. border.

Ranman fungicide should be used as part of an Integrated Pest Management program and in rotation with other disease management products as part of an effective resistance management strategy.

Published in Diseases

June 11, 2012 – Canada is facing a potato shortage, mainly because of poor growing conditions last summer. That has sent wholesale prices for some spuds soaring and forced processors such as Toronto-based McCain Foods Ltd. to temporarily close some plants.

McCain announced recently that seven processing plants in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Wisconsin and Maine will face some downtime this summer because of the shortage. Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. also scaled back production at some of its facilities this spring because of a lack of potatoes. READ MORE

Published in Companies

June 4, 2012, El Cajon, CA – Toro recently announced the launch of AquaFlow 3.0, the company’s newest drip irrigation system design software.

Now available for user registration and download, AquaFlow 3.0 provides designers with a new tool to configure drip irrigation systems for optimum performance using Toro’s Aqua-Traxx and Aqua-Traxx PC drip tape, as well as BlueLine Classic and BlueLine PC drip line.

Some of the features of the new software include:

  • Dashboard format with tiled graphs
  • Comparison of two different lateral selections
  • Pull-down menus for easy viewing
  • Multiple slopes in both the lateral and mainline programs
  • Choice of multiple sub-main and mainline pipe types and sizes
  • Lateral and sub-main flushing calculations

“The dashboard approach is a unique innovation that has been well received during beta-trials,” says Claude Corcos, senior marketing manager for Toro’s micro-irrigation business. “It enables designers to dynamically view any changes they make associated with the selection and sizing of laterals, sub-mains and mainlines. This helps save time and leads to better design selections.

“The ability to properly flush a drip irrigation system is often just as important as high system irrigation uniformity. Aqua-Flow 3.0 allows designers to view multiple aspects of flushing and irrigation at the same time, easing the decision making process.”

To help bring the numbers and data to life, the software generates colour-coded block maps that depict system uniformity, and are included in reports that may be customized and saved in multiple formats.

AquaFlow 3.0 is currently available in English and Spanish.

To become a registered user and receive download and update information, please click here.

Published in Irrigating

June 4, 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland — The 8th World Potato Congress featured presentations on a range of spud-related topics, but often the action was in the hallways and at ancillary meetings.

For many country’s potato organizations, it’s about building demand for potatoes. Although many potatoes produced around the world are not marketed in the United Kingdom, the conference of some 800 registrants from around the world served as a nucleus for other meetings for potato boards. READ MORE

Published in Food Safety

May 29, 2012, Charlottetown, PEI – P.E.I. strawberry growers are keeping a close eye on the weather, wondering if frost warnings will hurt this year’s crop.

The crops have developed early this year. Chris Jordan, the berry crop development officer for the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture, estimates the berries could be a week to 10 days ahead of schedule. READ MORE

Published in Fruit

May 29, 2012 – Manitoba’s potato industry is being represented at the World Potato Congress in Scotland this week.

Keith Kuhl, president and CEO of Winkler-based Southern Manitoba Potato Company, says attending the congress is a chance to learn about global trends in potato production.

“We’re looking at production methods, current issues and research, consumption of potatoes, world prices, export opportunities, and more,” explains Kuhl, who is also chair of Peak of the Market and the Canadian Potato Council. READ MORE

Published in Food Safety

May 28, 2012, Regina, SK - Canadian producers are invited to share their stories of pride about living and working in the agriculture industry on Facebook, Twitter and a new website called www.agriculturemorethanever.ca.

Agriculture More Than Ever is a multi-year initiative to change perceptions about agriculture. It's designed to close the gap in perceptions between producers and the public. A Farm Credit Canada (FCC) survey of 4,500 producers and agribusiness operators revealed that 80% feel their farm or business will be better off in five years and 79% would recommend a career in an agriculture-related field. Although most producers are optimistic, they tend to downplay what they love about the industry when talking about it. So perhaps it's no surprise that a recent survey of the Canadian general public revealed a prevailing assumption that agriculture was unlikely to have a bright future. It's this disconnect that Agriculture More Than Ever is designed to address.

"Image matters. To attract the people, skills and investment needed to meet the growing demand for food, those of us involved in agriculture have a responsibility to promote the industry," said Greg Stewart, FCC President and CEO. "As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is uniquely positioned to support an effort to improve perceptions Canadians have about an industry that contributes $130 billion dollars to our national economy. This doesn't mean there aren't industry challenges, but overall, the future of agriculture has never looked more promising."

Changing perceptions is an industry-wide initiative.

"FCC is excited to work with partners across the industry to show Canadians that agriculture is modern, vibrant and diverse which provides tremendous business and career opportunities," said Lyndon Carlson, FCC Senior Vice-President, Marketing. "We look forward to engaging farmers and agribusiness professionals across the value chain to share the stories behind the industry and enlighten Canadians about Canada's role as one of the world's leading food-producing nations."

Agriculture is a major economic force in Canada:

- The agri-food industry is Canada's largest employer, accounting for one in eight jobs or 2.2 million people.

- Canada is the fifth largest exporter of agri-food and seafood products in the world. Agriculture accounts for more than $44 billion in exports.

- 97% of population growth over the next 20 years will take place in developing countries. When those countries gain additional income, they will spend it on food. Canada is one of few countries that can deliver.

Canadian agriculture is a modern, vibrant and diverse industry, filled with forward-thinking people who love what they do. For the industry to reach its full potential and to ensure its long-term viability, Agriculture More Than Ever asks those involved in the industry to champion agriculture by engaging in more frequent discussions regarding what's going well within the industry - filling in information gaps, responding to misguided perceptions and telling the success stories about the industry, online and offline. The story of Canadian agriculture is one of success, promise, challenge and determination. The greatest storytellers are the 2.2 million Canadians who live it every day. To join the cause or learn more, visit: www.agriculturemorethanever.ca or on Twitter: @AgMoreThanEver or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/agriculturemorethanever.

About FCC

As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $23 billion and 19 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable - committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca.

Published in Food Safety

May 28, 2012, Penticton, BC – The province of B.C. is targeting five new varieties of apples in the latest replant program being offered to the province’s fruit growers.

Minister of Agriculture Don McRae recently announced a three-year, $2 million targeted replant program aimed at helping growers replant low-value orchards with high-demand varieties like Ambrosia, Gala, Pink Lady, New Summerland and Honeycrisp.

This comes in the wake of survey results released by the B.C. Fruit Growers Association showing that despite being in the fourth year of low prices and losses, grower confidence in the industry is on the rise. READ MORE

Published in Fruit

May 28, 2012, Halifax, NS – More than 200 wine industry professionals are attending this year’s Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium (ACWS) from May 27-29, 2012, in Halifax at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel.

In the past five years, Atlantic Canada has experienced a significant growth in the wine industry with an increase from 20 to 35 operating wineries. The symposium offers an extraordinary opportunity for existing and interested industry professionals to learn more about current topics specific to the wine industry on the East Coast.

“The goal of the wine symposium is to raise the bar of the entire Atlantic Canada wine industry and create even stronger ownership and pride in our local products,” says Hans Christian Jost, chair of the ACWS committee and owner of Jost Vineyards. “It’s important that all stakeholders in the industry promote each other and excel in their field…which is why this year’s theme – Rising Tides – is so appropriate. When one winery succeeds, we all succeed. Excellence is easy to support and promote.”

This year’s symposium showcases 30 national and international speakers from university professors to industry marketing specialists and groundbreaking winemakers, including keynote speaker Bill Redelmeier, owner of Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara, Ontario. More than 35 presentations and workshops will include innovative information on environmentally friendly grape growing and winemaking techniques for cool climate regions, as well as effective business practices and marketing strategies.

Attending delegates of the ACWS include grape growers, winemakers, winery owners and managers, wine journalists, sommeliers, educators, industry suppliers and wine enthusiasts. The event also features countless invaluable networking opportunities with winery tours, receptions and lunches, wine tastings and a gala dinner, which is a rare occasion to showcase wines from all four Atlantic Provinces under one roof, paired with local cuisine.

“The future of the Atlantic Canada wine industry is bright,” says Jost. “There is a pulsing energy that feeds the drive to improve and it’s incredibly exciting. There is no better time than now to get involved.”

For more information about the ACWS and for a complete list of events and visiting speakers, please visit www.atlanticwinesymposium.ca.

Published in Marketing

May 24, 2012, Guelph, Ont – A study by University of Guelph researchers shows growing demand in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for okra, Asian eggplant, bitter melon, bitter gourd and other ethnocultural vegetables (ECV) – a fresh opportunity now drawing interest from Ontario farmers.

Prof. Glen Filson, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD), hopes the new study will encourage local growers to produce vegetables favoured by recent arrivals from South Asia, who spend more than 30 per cent of their food budget on vegetables.

“The potential this niche market represents to Ontario’s rural economy is huge,” Filson said. “The soils north of Lake Erie, and of the Niagara Peninsula, the Holland Marsh, south Lake Simcoe and even the Ottawa Valley are suitable for growing certain ECV crops, and some, such as okra, will prove to be profitable.”

At about 800,000 people, Canadians of South Asian descent make up the largest cultural group in the GTA and spend $33 million a month on ECV – about half of the $61 million spent by the three largest ethnic groups (South Asian, Chinese and Afro-Caribbean Canadians) in the GTA each month.

Even though many vegetables decline in nutritional value and flavour within a week of picking, most of the ECV available in Ontario still come from overseas, many from as far away as China and India. Consumers are willing to pay extra for preferred produce.

“It’s unlikely for South Asians to totally abandon their traditional diet,” Filson said. “To the contrary, the demand for these vegetables is likely to increase with time as Canadians of European descent are beginning to enjoy tropical veggies along with their peas and carrots.”

Many ECV, such as okra and kaddu (Asian pumpkin), could be grown here. Ontario’s growing season may be shorter than the native climates for many of these vegetables, but some of this produce can be grown in greenhouses, or started there and finished in fields, says Filson. Although local production of ECV probably cannot guarantee supply all year long, the researchers say it would guarantee food safety, improve the nutritional value of the produce and enhance Ontario’s economy.

Meanwhile, agronomic research on crop spacing, the amount and types of fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation systems required is taking place at FarmStart (the Guelph-based organization that helps new Ontario farmers gain access to affordable farmland), Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, University of Guelph’s Simcoe Research Station and the Muck Crops Research Station in Toronto.

“Financial incentives such as tax credits would help local farmers who are willing to try growing ethnocultural vegetables,” says Filson. “We don’t know enough yet about the production costs.”

The researchers have received funding from the Ontario Market Investment Fund and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Knowledge Translation and Transfer Program to study ECV demand, value chains, pricing and availability in mainstream grocery stores.

The paper appears online in the journal Appetite. Lead author Bamidele Adekunle, special graduate faculty in SEDRD’s capacity development and extension program, earlier studied agricultural economics in Nigeria. Co-author Sridharan Sethuratnam is FarmStart’s program manager.

Published in Marketing

May 23, 2012, Lawrence, KS – Online databases and new smartphone applications are making it easier than ever to track and map infestations of invasive weeds, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) said.

“These new resources are moving pockets of information out of universities and laboratories and into the public domain where they are readily accessible,” says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., WSSA science policy director. “Now scientists, policy makers and even the general public can use the data to track the location and movement of weeds and monitor the effectiveness of management strategies.”

Online weed databases are currently maintained by a variety of public agencies, organizations and educational institutions. Examples include: 

New technologies are also making it easier than ever to capture and report information on the location of weeds so that online databases are more complete.

One example: iPhone and Android applications have been developed by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia in support of EDDMapS – an online Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System for invasive species.

Previously, weed sightings were submitted to EDDMapS using detailed online forms. But the new applications are game changers. Now, home gardeners, backpackers and other laypeople likely to encounter invasive weeds can participate as well.

“The apps are really fun and easy to use,” says Karan Rawlins, invasive species coordinator at the center. “You simply use your phone to take a picture of the weed, and the application grabs the GPS coordinates automatically. Estimate the size of the infestation, press send and your sighting goes out for validation by state and local experts. It’s so easy that I’ve actually rolled down my window while stuck in traffic to snap a photo and report weeds spotted along the side of the road.”

EDDMapS apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices can be downloaded for free at apps.bugwood.org.  Specially tailored versions were created for Florida, the Southeastern U.S., the Mid-Atlantic region and the Missouri River watershed.

The data reported to EDDMapS is available at no cost to researchers, educators, land managers and others interested in tracking and managing invasive species. It can be searched, queried and downloaded in a variety of formats to evaluate weed distribution for a given locale.

“If you want to collect information on weeds growing in a local park or schoolyard, you simply create an account and download data for that location,” Rawlins said. “You can view the results on an interactive map, download them into an Excel file, sort by species and track infestations over time.”

The EDDMapS project is supported by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Published in Weeds

May 23, 2012 – If the devastating spring weather was not the only problem in tart cherry orchards, cherry leaf spot symptoms are already being observed across Michigan. It’s suspected that these early symptoms are a result of the rainy weather two weeks ago coupled with half-side fungicide applications or stretching the intervals in a year with a light to nonexistent crop load. Cherry leaf spot symptoms at this time of the season are a cause for major concern, particularly as it’s recommended that trees keep their leaves until mid-September. The occurrence of symptoms in orchards right now indicates that leaf spot will be exceedingly difficult to control this year.

At the start of infection, leaf spot can be difficult to see on the leaves. The typical symptoms of cherry leaf spot are small (1 to 3 mm), red to purple spots on the upper leaf surface (looking at leaves with back-lighting is helpful) and there is often a visible dot of white spore growth in the middle of the lesion. These spore masses are a sign of the pathogen and serve as inoculum for new infections. Eventually, the lesions will turn brown and fall out of the leaf. In heavy infections, spots can coalesce and produce larger areas of dead leaf tissue. With a lot of bacterial canker visible in orchards, growers should look for the growth of white spores to identify leaf spot as well as smaller purple lesions. Bacterial canker symptoms on the leaves are dark brown, circular to angular and often have a yellow halo; canker lesions are also larger in size than leaf spot lesions. Leaves that are accumulating lesions will soon begin to turn yellow and drop prematurely from the tree. Early defoliation will increase the potential for tree mortality in a hard winter.  

Cherry leaf spot is usually effectively controlled early in the season with proper fungicide application timing. In years with extended dry weather, leaf spot symptoms are not visible in most orchards until August-September. However, in years where significant rainfall is received early in the season with extended wetting periods, early infections of leaf spot can occur. These early season infections begin on bract leaves and spread throughout the canopy from these small leaves. Growers should be scouting their orchards for such infections now. If leaf spot symptoms are evident, they are an indication that spore loads in orchards will soon be very high and difficult to control through September.

If cherry leaf spot symptoms are present in the orchard this early in the season, tart cherry leaves will need effective fungicide protection from now until after the traditional harvest timing. Because of the potential high disease pressure with symptoms so early in the season, it’s recommended growers use the maximum label rates of fungicides and cover entire orchard blocks (i.e., do not use an alternate middle row spray plan). If cherry leaf spot symptoms are present, full cover sprays are needed to minimize the impacts of this fungal disease by reducing the potential of a cherry leaf spot epidemic this season.

Leaves currently exhibiting a number of lesions at this time are almost sure to defoliate, and the goal of this season’s management plan is to limit the amount of infection of currently healthy foliage through protection against subsequent infections. The cherry leaf spot spore load will probably be high in most orchards for the remainder of the season, and these blocks must be intensively managed for the next several months to minimize impacts on overall orchard health. Even in a year without a crop, it is important to keep the trees healthy for 2013.

Published in Research

May 22, 2012 – An Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada plant research team led by Dr. Bourlaye Fofana has applied for plant breeder’s rights for a wild rose plant variety discovered and grown in the field on Prince Edward Island that could be the foundation of a new crop for local farmers.

The team applied for plant breeder’s rights (PBR) after extensive agronomic, genetic, chemistry, and bioactivity research through the Innovative Canadian Bioactives and Nutraceuticals (ICAN) project.

The project was launched to identify the make-up of 30 wild rose plants on P.E.I. lines and several worldwide samples, and to measure the potential of rosehip plants in the development of drugs or nutraceuticals.

The research means the rose plant variety in question – named AAC Sylvia Arlene ­– can be grown by local farmers for ingredients that can be used in the development of drugs or nutraceuticals.

The rosehip has valuable vitamin C, levels and offers potential health and nutritional benefits.

Plant breeders’ rights provide exclusive control over the seed, cuttings, tissue culture cut flowers, fruit, and foliage of any new variety. With these rights, the breeder can choose to become the exclusive marketer of the variety, or to license the variety to others.

Plant breeder’s rights protection, if granted for this rosehip variety, will give P.E.I. growers a commercial advantage because of it traceability by origin, distinct profile, and genetic identity.

Granting an official PBR protection is expected from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency after a field evaluation this summer.

This will not be the first wild rosehip selection to be named. Similar cases have been approved and are grown in Europe.

AAC Sylvia-Arlene is named after Crops and Livestock Research Centre (CLRC) technician Sylvia Wyand who did some work during the early rosehip research.

The research started in 2005 when AAFC scientist Kevin Sanderson put together a strategy to develop rosehips as a commercial field crop.

AAC Sylvia-Arlene was selected based on the height and size of the plant, the survival rate, yield performance, genetic distinctiveness, ability for mechanical harvesting, as well as distinct chemical composition and bioactivity.

Published in Research

May 22, 2012, Frazee, MN – Don and Norma Smith couldn’t understand why their sheep stopped producing lambs in the mid-1990s. When half the animals died mysteriously over one winter, they gave up on the profitable hobby that had won blue ribbons for their kids at the Minnesota State Fair.

It was only later that they figured the problem might be connected to the use of chlorothalonil on the potato fields that had grown up around their small farm on the sandy soil in west-central Minnesota. READ MORE

Published in Fruit

May 18, 2012, Tillsonburg, Ont – Tillsonburg Tube has purchased Tunnel Tech, of LaSalette, Ont., a manufacturer specializing in the design and supply of multi-bay high tunnels for the agricultural, nursery and greenhouse markets.

“Tunnels are becoming increasingly popular in the agricultural market because they are so effective in extending the growing season and improving produce quality and yield,” said Keith Prince of Tillsonburg Tube.

Tunnel Tech provides planning, site measurements, installation, venting and tunnel management services. Taking into account the varying requirements based on winds, microclimates, soil type and crops chosen, the company customizes each installation to best meet the needs.

The company has experience with installations across Canada and the United States, and has even custom-designed tunnels for use in the Caribbean.

Published in Vegetables

May 17, 2012, Ottawa, Ont – The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) will integrate the CanadaGAP (On-Farm Food Safety) Program and the CPMA Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program (RWFSP).

Both the CHC and CPMA boards of directors approved the integration initiative during their respective annual meetings earlier this year.

Integrating the two programs will result in some key benefits for the Canadian fruit and vegetable industry, including:

  • adopting an industry-wide food safety system that meets customer requirements
  • ensuring consistent and complementary food safety standards from producers and packers to wholesalers and re-packers
  • lessening the confusion around overlapping programs or requirements
  • meeting the needs of companies that pack and re-pack product
  • maintaining strong linkages between the various levels of the value chain
  • competing more effectively with other internationally-recognized programs whose scope reaches further along the value chain
  • integrating audits, audit checklists, auditor training, government technical reviews and international benchmarking processes (saving time and money)

A formal study was undertaken in 2010 to examine the feasibility of the joint venture. The study concluded this was a feasible initiative. The two programs will be integrated under an autonomous corporate entity that will function independently of both CHC and CPMA.

Work on this initiative will continue through 2012 and 2013, with funding assistance from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative under Growing Forward. The integrated program could be available by 2013 and 2014.

Published in Federal

May 17, 2012, Guelph, Ont – Syngenta Canada Inc. recently announced the registration of Quadris Top, a pre-mix fungicide for the control of a broad spectrum of diseases in both potato and vegetable crops.

Quadris Top contains two active ingredients: azoxystrobin (a Group 11 strobilurin fungicide) and difenoconazole (a Group 3 triazole fungicide) with translaminar and xylem-systemic properties for preventative control of target pests.

“Quadris Top is an exciting evolution of an already trusted and effective fungicide,” stated Eric Phillips, asset lead for fungicides and insecticides for Syngenta Canada Inc. “With a dual mode of action, Quadris Top provides the disease control growers have come to appreciate with Quadris, along with the addition of the active ingredient difenoconazole for enhanced performance.”

Specifically, in potatoes, Quadris Top protects against early blight (Alternaria solani). Other key diseases controlled in potatoes include black dot (Colletotrichum coccodes), brown spot (Alternaria alternata) and Botrytis leaf blight (Botrytis spp.).

In vegetable crops, Quadris Top provides protection against leaf blight and Cercospora leaf spot in carrots; purple blotch, leaf blotch, Stemphyllium leaf blight, Botrytis leaf blight and downy mildew in bulb vegetables; Ascochyta blight and Anthracnose in dried shelled peas and beans; Mycosphaerella blight in field peas; plus, several other diseases in a wide variety of horticultural crops.

Quadris Top can be applied by ground or air (for potatoes only). It is a disease resistance management tool, and should be used in a fungicide spray program alternating with other modes of action.

Published in Diseases

May 16, 2012, Guelph, ON - Farm & Food Care held its inaugural board meeting and elected its first executive at a meeting in Guelph on May 11th.

John Maaskant will serve as the first chairman of Farm & Food Care.  John is the Chicken Farmers of Ontario representative and the past chair of the Ontario Farm Animal Council. He and his family farm near Clinton, Ontario.

“We are excited about the future of this organization as we build on our strong foundation and look forward to the future,” said Maaskant.  “Farm & Food Care’s work will benefit the whole agri-food sector by cultivating awareness and building appreciation for food and farming.”

Larry Lynn, representing Grain Farmers of Ontario, has been chosen as the organization’s Vice Chair.  Rounding out the executive is Treasurer Joe Hickson representing the Seed Growers’ Association and Executive member at large Heather Copland representing Grober Inc.

All four executive members formerly sat on either the board of directors of the Ontario Farm Animal Council or AGCare - Agricultural Groups Concerned about Resources and the Environment. The organizations amalgamated to become Farm & Food Care Ontario in January which has been operating with an interim board of directors until this meeting.

Other directors include:

  • Lianne Appleby - Hendrix Genetics
  • Marinus Bakker – Ontario Bean Producers’ Marketing Board
  • Bruce Christie – Nutreco Canada Inc.
  • Beth Clark – Ontario Pork
  • Jim Poel – Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers’ Association
  • Gerald Rollins – Ontario Cattlemen’s Association
  • Ed Scharringa – Christian Farmers’ Federation of Ontario
  • Murray Sherk – Dairy Farmers of Ontario

At the meeting, the board focused on setting direction for the coming year, approving a business plan and financial statements. Board members will go through a strategic planning exercise in June.

About Farm & Food Care

Farm & Food Care Ontario is the first coalition of its type in Canada, bringing together tens of thousands of farmers and related businesses with a mandate to provide credible information on food and farming in Ontario. To learn more about Farm & Food Care Ontario or to support the organization’s efforts, visit www.farmfoodcare.org.

Published in Provinces

May 14, 2012, Dorchester, Ont – The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has granted a User Requested Minor Use Label Expansion (URMULE) for Ranman 400SC fungicide. Suppression of white rust on spinach has been added to the product label.                                                                    

White rust is a common disease of spinach that has been on the rise in some parts of Canada over the last few years. Ranman fungicide is a Group 21 product with the active ingredient cyazofamid and is also registered for use on carrots, cucurbits and potatoes.

“The addition of white rust to the Ranman product label is an important step to providing spinach growers with the tools needed to effectively manage production of their crop,” says Janet Porchak, national marketing manager with UAP Canada Inc., distributors and retailers of Ranman fungicide in Canada.

Porchak notes that the work to add white rust to the product label dates back a few years and is the result of collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), growers and extension personnel, as part of the ministry’s minor use program.

Ranman fungicide can be used at a rate of 0.15 to 0.20 litres per hectare in 300-500 litres of water per hectare.  

David Strilchuk, Canada country manager with FMC Corporation, the marketers of Ranman in Canada, says the product should be applied on a seven-day schedule starting when conditions are conducive to disease development or when disease is first seen.

“Ranman can be applied up to five times per year and has a one-day pre-harvest interval requirement.”

Strilchuk says Ranman fungicide should also be used as part of an Integrated Pest Management program and in rotation with other disease management products as part of an effective resistance management strategy.

Published in Diseases

May 11, 2012 – Ontario is working with producers to assess the damage, determine the implications and develop strategies to help farmers cope.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ted McMeekin, toured a Beamsville orchard recently to see firsthand the weather damage affecting Ontario’s apple and tender fruit crops.

"I know how much this loss means to the farmers involved, and not just in economic terms,” said Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I will continue to closely monitor the situation as we work to assess the damage and develop strategies that will best support the industry.

Early estimates suggest widespread damage to the Ontario apple crop as a result of frost hitting trees already in blossom. Other crops that are reporting significant damage include pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums. Apple orchards in Georgian Bay and Southwestern Ontario are expected to suffer the greatest damage.

The full extent of the province-wide impact will be known in coming weeks. Ontario offers a number of business support programs available to producers to help offset any losses.

Supporting our farmers and agricultural industry is part of the Ontario government’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy and provide Ontario families with healthy, local food.

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