Fruit & Vegetable

Fruit & Vegetable
Researchers working to help harvest fruit at peak ripeness

Researchers working to help harvest fruit at peak ripeness

The ability to detect when to harvest fruit may soon be within reach for farmers, thanks to the work of a team of researchers

New York growers launch RubyFrost

New York growers launch RubyFrost

The New York Apple Growers (NYAG) has launched a second new apple variety called RubyFrost, which will be available at participating retailers in the northeast.

Making peach trees fit better on the field

Making peach trees fit better on the field

A tree used for agricultural production – whether for fruit, nuts, or lumber – requires extensive land space, mostly because of its large size & spreading growth

Developing made-in-Ontario sweet potatoes

Developing made-in-Ontario sweet potatoes

The sweet potato craze is one of the latest food trends to sweep our nation. Canadian demand for the tuber has sky rocketed, reaching heights that exceed demand

N.S. orchard transferring  and transition

N.S. orchard transferring and transition

The 2014 Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association’s annual orchard tour of the Annapolis Valley paid a visit to an orchard this summer experiencing an inter-generational transfer as well as a technological transition.

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North American Manure Expo comes to Canada...
For the first time ever, the North American Manure Expo is being hosted within a Canadian province. The annual show is being held August 20 and 21, 2013, at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, located near Guelph, Ontario. So, what's a Manure Expo and why should you attend? This video will provide all the dirt.
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Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitatio...
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The population explosion...
With the world's population increasing exponentially and farmland staying the same, BASF took to the streets to ask consumers if this trend is sustainable.

Business/Policy

OMAFRA apple specialist Leslie Huffman (centre) recently received the 2014 Chemtura Golden Apple Award, presented by Charles Stevens (right) and Cathy McKay (left) of the Ontario Apple Growers. Ontario apple specialist receives Golden Apple Award

January 15, 2015, Niagara Falls Ont – Leslie Huffman is the 2014 recipient of the Chemtura Golden Apple Award. Huffman is the apple specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The award was presented at the annual banquet of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association held recently in Niagara Falls. “Throughout her career, Leslie has shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to the advancement of Ontario’s apple industry and to supporting growers whenever they have needed her,” said Charles Stevens, chair of the Ontario Apple Growers (OAG). “She’s involved in many different facets of our industry and has played a key role in many education and research initiatives.” Huffman grew up on a mixed farm near Harrow, Ontario and graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Horticultural Science. She joined OMAFRA in 1981 as a fruit and vegetable extension horticulturalist for Kent and Essex counties, and became the province’s weed management specialist for horticultural crops in 1996, where she helped oversee the registration of approximately 60 herbicides for fruit crops. She’s been the provincial apple specialist since 2008. Huffman is co-editor of Hort Matters, editor of the Ontario Orchard Network Newsletter, and is active on many industry committees, including the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) research committee and working closely with counterparts and experts in Michigan and New York State. She has helped co-ordinate and co-chair the apple program at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention for many years, and has been instrumental in establishing and running the annual sweet and craft cider competitions at the convention. “Leslie has worked very closely with staff and board of the Ontario Apple Growers over the years, including helping to plan and lead our annual summer orchard tours and working on various research initiatives as part of the OAG research committee,” added Stevens. “She’s also active with grower groups in her area and in the local community.” Leslie and her husband, Doug, Balsillie operate a fruit farm near Harrow with their four daughters. The Chemtura Golden Apple Award is presented annually to a recipient who has made outstanding contributions to the Ontario apple industry.

Equipment

TOMRA Sorting Solutions launches new potato sorter TOMRA Sorting Solutions launches new potato sorter

September 3, 2014 – TOMRA Sorting Solutions recently released its new sensor-based systems to sort and process potato products at Potato Europe. The company demonstrated the Field Potato Sorter (FPS) and displayed the Halo sorter at Potato Europe, in Bockerode, near Hanover, Germany. “This is the first successful high throughput optical sorting solution in the industry for unwashed potatoes. The system enables growers, processors and packer companies to lower labour and potato storage costs significantly while raising product quality and yield,” explained Jim Frost, market unit manager, TOMRA Sorting Food.“ "Utilizing unique biometric signature identification technology, the FPS provides a representation of the visible and near infrared spectral zones, which allows it to analyze and identify organic characteristics and compositions of all objects. It can therefore distinguish clumps of dirt, stones, foreign material and rot from potatoes, even those with substantial soil covering.” Frost said the machine could be used for different varieties and sizes of unwashed potato while process and packer customers can use the data the machine produces for predictive analysis, to achieve purposes such as optimizing production lines. “The FPS is replacing hard-to-find manpower needed to clean the product stream going into and out of potato storage. The robust, weatherproof and user-friendly system is compact and available in various widths to fit all specific capacities up to 70,000 kilos an hour. The sorting machine is compatible with other potato grading equipment, but can also be used on its own to sort harvested potatoes, before or after storage.”