The new meat science laboratory includes a student observation deck.

Federally licensed university abattoir upgraded

University of Guelph abattoir helps small research projects get processed

Reading Time: 3 minutes The University of Guelph is home to the only federally licensed university abattoir in Canada. The almost 50-year-old facility recently underwent a $2.5 million overhaul, re-opening last year as a modern meat science laboratory. Why it matters: Large commercial abattoirs find it difficult to accommodate small pilot projects and most smaller plants lack the necessary […] Read more

RoamIO working in a vineyard where it cuts grass, watches and counts grapes and fertilizes.

Robot automates hard-to-fill jobs in agriculture and turf

The RomeIO robot is being tested in many uses in agriculture where labour is scarce

Reading Time: 3 minutes A local start-up has developed a compact, rugged autonomous robot that can automate a wide range of agricultural tasks, like soil sensing, applying inputs, and harvest yield prediction for grapes. Korechi Innovations’ RoamIO features an expandable platform that is compatible with different functional attachments — similar to the DOT technology from western Canada —has a […] Read more

The London location of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research station.

From bugs to vaccines, genomics to biopesticides

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s London research station touches farms from crops to livestock

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tucked away in a quiet residential neighbourhood in London, Ont., is a building where researchers delve into some of agriculture’s most pressing issues. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) London Research and Development Centre has scientists working on myriad projects, such as combatting new invasive pests threatening fruit crops, using insect meal as a protein […] Read more

Abbey Garden’s containerized Growcer system will allow the food hub to extend its growing season year-round.

Canadian container farming system aims to grow markets

Growing indoors can help extend the production season for produce farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Updated Jan. 6, 2020 A container farming start-up from Ottawa launched into the Canadian market several years ago by bringing year-round fresh produce production to northern communities. And although that continues to be a successful venture for The Growcer, the company is now finding its business shifting to customers from more southern regions. That includes […] Read more

The disease-sensing robot that will scout greenhouses.

Plant-disease-detecting robot created at University of Guelph

Finding disease symptoms before humans can see them could put an early stop to spread

Reading Time: 3 minutes A smart robot with disease detection, plant monitoring and labour-saving capabilities is in the works for Ontario’s greenhouse vegetable sector. The Guelph Intelligent Greenhouse Automation System (GIGAS) is an integrated robotics system under development by the University of Guelph to automate some of the most labour intensive greenhouse tasks. Why it matters: As labour becomes […] Read more


Watermelons head to market in California.

Managing water for farming on a large scale

California’s most recent drought has pushed farmers to become more water-use efficient

Reading Time: 4 minutes The drought may be over but water continues to be a top-of-mind issue in California — particularly for its US$50 billion a year agriculture sector. Most of the state’s rainfall happens in the north and most consumption in the agricultural and urbanized south, which has created a complex water distribution network anchored by two main […] Read more

The RootSmart tray developed by A.M.A. to allow lateral root growth.

Growing trees that last

Ontario innovation helps with costly problem for municipalities and growers

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is no denying the benefits of planting trees. From giving off oxygen we need to breathe and providing shade and habitat, to beautification, reducing erosion and pollution, and minimizing storm water runoff, trees add tremendous value to our landscapes. Many municipalities have very active planting programs — it’s estimated, for example, that the City […] Read more

The Millennium variety now accounts for 95 per cent of Ontario’s asparagus crop.

Guelph asparagus variety has transformed the Ontario sector

University of Guelph recognizes breeder Dave Wolyn’s work with Innovation of the Year honours

Reading Time: 3 minutes When a new asparagus variety was introduced in Ontario almost 20 years ago, no one, including its breeder, had any idea of the transformative impact it would have on an entire sector. Launched in 2000, Guelph Millennium marked not only the start of a new millennium — but also a new era for Ontario’s asparagus […] Read more


Sugar beets are one of the crops where Vive products are used.

Nanotechnology breathing new life into existing crop protection products

A Canadian company creates ways that can help the products to be transported or work better

Reading Time: 3 minutes A University of Toronto graduate school project is now extending the life of widely used crop protection products. Vive Crop Protection’s trademarked Allosperse Delivery System uses nanotechnology to create new application methods for existing biological and conventional crop protection products. Why it matters: With few fully new chemicals coming to market, making existing products work […] Read more

Automation is one of the new research clusters.

Expanded focus gives agricultural research clusters more diversity

Automation, grape and wine, and small acreage field crops among new research funding

Reading Time: 4 minutes Five new research areas were added to the national research cluster program when it was launched last year by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Automation, grape and wine, diverse field crops, integrated crop agronomy and biomass were added to the existing cluster program. The cluster program started in 2008 under Growing Forward and was expanded under […] Read more