Earlier this year, fifteen girls witnessed a calf being born during a farm-tour birthday party at Joe Loewith & Sons.

Farm birthday tours fill charity requests

The donation brings more consumers to farms, and helps out good causes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Joe Loewith & Sons, of Copetown, donate farm tour birthday parties to local charity auctions to provide unique experiences for bidders. “Every now and then there are auctions, Rotary Clubs, or different events like that, where they are looking for more unique experiences (for donations), instead of just a product. We thought this was a […] Read more

Steven Johnson with the University of Maine says physiological age is one of the key factors for getting the potato crop to perform properly.

Potato seed handling critical to production

Seed, soil and planter factors contribute to efficient emergence

Reading Time: 2 minutes Potato seed choice and preparation, planter setting, and creating the best seed bed all drive better plant emergence. Steven B. Johnson with the University of Maine told the 2020 Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show held in Guelph March 5, that managing seed is critical to getting even emergence. Why it matters: Inefficient emergence can […] Read more

Dairy sector shuts down most visits from off-farm providers

In agriculture, dairy farms are among those most called-on by outside services

Reading Time: 3 minutes New additions to Gerrit Herrema’s dairy barn have made it easier for his family to abide by recent directions to avoid contact with milk truck drivers to reduce COVID-19’s spread. “We have boot washes and other biosecurity measures in the barn. We need to take these measures in order to minimize the damage,” said Herrema, […] Read more

A well-set planter can reduce headaches during the planting season.

Planter readiness: Most of planter set-up can be done before spring arrives

Checking level, meters and doing calibration ahead can reduce calls to the dealer

Reading Time: 4 minutes What makes you call your planter supplier when you’d prefer to be on the land? Often things that could have been checked out before. Checking equipment before planting will ensure the planter is ready to go when the soil is. Why it matters: Ideal planting conditions can come in a very short time frame. It’s […] Read more

The Canadian market for kidney beans is changing with more individual quick frozen beans sold in bags.

Ontario dry bean market fairly stable

There are some reasons for optimism about global dry bean markets with more plant-based proteins consumed

Reading Time: 3 minutes The bean market for Ontario bean growers is looking up. Yields in Western Canada were below expectations following a dry summer, a wet September and snow in October. “That changed our expectations for a bin buster crop into about average,” says Chris Cronin with Hensall Co-op at the 2020 Ontario Bean Growers meeting held Feb. […] Read more

Potato fungicide restrictions will lead to more expensive application options.

Fungicide reductions challenge potato growers

Spraying programs could double in cost in 2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes Regulatory changes by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) are limiting fungicide options for Ontario potato farmers. That means more cost and more chance of resistance, says Darin Gibson with Gaia Consulting Ltd. in Manitoba. He spoke on the topic at the 2020 Ontario Potato Conference held in Guelph March 5. Why it matters: The […] Read more

Wendy Hogarth, Murray Johnston and their four sons own and operate Muskoka Lakes farm and winery.

Farm market becomes all-season tourist destination

Family behind farm market award says authenticity is key to differentiating their farm

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wendy Hogarth and Murray Johnston have turned their cranberry farm market into a destination. Muskoka Lakes farm and winery, located in Bala, Ont. won the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association’s 2019 Farm Market of the Year is Muskoka Lakes farm and winery. Hogarth talked about their farms’s transition at the 2020 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable […] Read more

Several seed organizations have been moving towards a merger since 2017.

Seed Synergy plan moves forward

Partnership currently working on the details of the program

Reading Time: 2 minutes Work continues on the Seed Synergy plan to bring together several organizations in the Canadian seed sector. The merger between Canadian Seed Trade Association, Canadian Seed Growers Association, Canadian Seed Institute, Canadian Plant Technology Association and Commercial Seed Analyst Association of Canada began back in 2015 to simplify the seed industry system. Crop Life Canada […] Read more

Downy mildew is more challenging to manage with few control measures.

Resistance management is of utmost importance for cucurbit downy mildew

Changes in fungicide regulations have reduced the available treatments

Reading Time: 3 minutes Management of cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) requires more diligence with limited fungicide options. Recent changes in fungicide regulations leaves fewer options for farmers to control CDM, economically the most important disease for cucumbers. Why it matters: Re-evaluation of chlorothalonil has reduced the number of applications for cucurbit growers from seven to two. CDM has become […] Read more

Fruit farmers, especially, rely on immigrant workers to harvest their crop.

Immigration continues to frustrate farmers seeking workers

The process is complicated and immigrant workers don’t have skills needed

Reading Time: 3 minutes The immigration system continues to fall short of meeting the needs of small businesses, including farms, facing labour shortages, says a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. A major mismatch exists between the jobs small businesses need filled and the skill levels of immigrants the government prioritizes, says the report. Also, the […] Read more