Archive for April 2017

Preparing for the Winter Season: Year-Long Planning Leads to Healthy, Producing Plants

Blueberries are notoriously tough to grow, with only a fraction of Ontario land suitable for growing. Proper maintenance and care can maximize productivity, even past the picking season.

Historically harvested as an important source of food and medicine, the versatile blueberry has since gained newfound popularity as an antioxidant-rich superfood. Lest you think the blueberry business grinds to a halt come cooler temperatures, we are sharing one farmer’s practices in the autumn and winter that help lead to a fruitful harvest the following season.…

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CFIA greenhouse biosecurity guide now available

Government of Canada website graphic

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and sector organizations, including the Canadian Horticultural Council, has released a voluntary biosecurity guide for producers in the greenhouse vegetable sector. The guide supports the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors that was released in March 2016. The…

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Download CHC’s 2016 Annual Report

2016 CHC Annual Report

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) recently made its 2016 Annual Report available for public download. The Annual Report features messages by CHC’s President and Executive Director, and provides updates on the work of CHC committees and other CHC activities throughout the year. Download the Canadian Horticultural Council’s 2016 Annual Report

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Protecting the World’s Plant Resources in Canada and Around the World

potato fields
Potato fields

When you go on a trip, it’s best not to bring home souvenirs that nobody wants. With more and more people crisscrossing the globe, there’s an increased risk that travelers will bring some uninvited guests home with them—pests capable of attacking and potentially devastating Canada’s plant crops. This is where the International Plant Protection Convention…

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Taking Technology to the Top: Studying State-of-the-Art Greenhouses

The AgriDome’s shape, which was chosen for its aerodynamic qualities, minimizes the ratio of surface area to internal volume, giving heat the fewest number of paths from which to escape. / La forme de l’AgriDome a été retenue en raison de ses caractéristiques aérodynamiques : comme le rapport entre la superficie totale et la capacité utile est réduit au minimum, la chaleur a peu d’occasions de s’échapper.
The AgriDome’s shape, which was chosen for its aerodynamic qualities, minimizes the ratio of surface area to internal volume, giving heat the fewest number of paths from which to escape.

According to a report from Statistics Canada, nearly 10 per cent of Canadian households experience daily challenges associated with food insecurity. This number is four times higher in the remote northerly regions of the country. Government studies have clearly shown that food insecurity is linked to poorer physical and mental health and can lead to…

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Using Drones to Keep Your Crops Competitive

Swarm Robotics for Agricultural Applications (SAGA). Project funded by the European Union (FP7, ECHORD++). Project website: https://laral.istc. cnr.it/saga. Project partners: ISTC-CNR, Wageningen University, and Avular BV.

Agriculture has always relied heavily on innovation to move forward. As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have become increasingly mainstream across North America, modern agronomists are looking up and using this new air-borne technology in the sky to become more productive in the soil. Some believe that technology can provide a leg-up on the…

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Agvocating for the Industry: Agriculture More Than Ever

You can spread the word by using your Ag More Than Ever reusable shopping bag at the grocery store or farmers’ market.
You can spread the word by using your Ag More Than Ever reusable shopping bag at the grocery store or farmers’ market.

Canada’s agricultural industry takes a lot of pride in what it does, and that’s worth talking about. You can be a part of that conversation and help to effectively promote the industry you’re proud to be a part of. Agriculture More Than Ever is a federal program that encourages farmers and everyone involved in the…

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