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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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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More
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.…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More