Feature articles

Feature articles provide a big-picture look at the issues that are facing the horticulture industry, and what these possible changes might mean for growers. Although the perspective of the articles is high-level, the stories also provide actionable advice.

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Safe Food for Canadians Regulations: DRC Membership Requirement for Buyers and Sellers of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Nov 10, 2017
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By Canada’s Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are expected to come into force in mid-2018. Although much of the detail has to do with food safety and traceability, the regulations also include important trade and commerce requirements pertaining specifically to buyers and sellers of fresh fruits and…

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Artificial Intelligence and Scouting

Nov 3, 2017
Patrick Wspanialy makes adjustments to robotic arm
Patrick Wspanialy, a member of the GIGAS team at the University of Guelph’s Robotics Institute, making adjustments to the robotic arm and grippers. Photo: The Robotics Institute @ Guelph.

A disease-detecting robot devised by scientists at the University of Guelph is undergoing testing at a commercial greenhouse in Ontario. What could this mean for Canada’s greenhouse industry? By Mark Halsall One of the most dynamic forms of technological advancement today is artificial intelligence. Its use in such fields as transportation, health care and finance…

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Combatting Potato Virus Y

Nov 2, 2017
champs de cultivation avec drapeaux
A typical arrangement of PVY-infected inoculum plants (pink flags) and virus-free test plants (orange flags). Photo: Tyler MacKenzie, ACS

A five-year research study into PVY is helping potato growers develop new tactics for fighting dangerous new strains of the disease. By Mark Halsall One of the oldest known plant viruses in the world, Potato Virus Y (PVY), has been managed by commercial potato producers with varying levels of success for many decades. Canada, like…

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Mapping Agriculture from Space

Nov 1, 2017
planet earth from outer space

How AAFC’s new generation of satellite-based agri-environment indicators will help drive change in Canada’s agricultural sector. By Mark Halsall These days, timely, reliable and spatially specific information is critical for developing and supporting agricultural policies and programs in a wide range of areas. These areas include: business risk management; early warning systems for floods, drought…

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Invasive Alien Species: The Spotted Wing Drosophila

Nov 1, 2017
close up of spotted wing drosophila on rasberry
Spotted wing drosophila, like this one sitting atop a raspberry, can wreak havoc on soft summer fruit. Photo credit: Laboratoire d’expertise et de diagnostic en phytoprotection, MAPAQ.

By J. Allen & L. Farmer To the average Canadian, the words “invasive alien species” may conjure B-movie images of UFOs and one-eyed green men. To Canadian horticultural producers, these three words signal an ominous reality. This is particularly true for Canadian producers of soft summer fruit (e.g., cherry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, peach, nectarine,…

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

Apr 10, 2017
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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Protecting the World’s Plant Resources in Canada and Around the World

Apr 10, 2017
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

Apr 10, 2017
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

Apr 10, 2017
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

Apr 10, 2017
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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