Fruit & Vegetable

Fruit & Vegetable
Growing new produce for new Canadians

Growing new produce for new Canadians

Canada’s changing demographics are creating new market opportunities for farmers looking to expand their businesses.

Humidity increases mold pressure in raspberries

Humidity increases mold pressure in raspberries

Continued humid conditions with moderate to warm temperatures are promoting Botrytis gray mold infection in fall raspberries.

Study shows flavour trumps health for blueberries

Study shows flavour trumps health for blueberries

Taste trumps health benefits for blueberry buyers, sending a strong message that fruit consumers value flavour most, new University of Florida research shows.

Texas researching designer potatoes

Texas researching designer potatoes

A decline in overall potato consumption has Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeders working on “designer” spuds.

Organic apple orchards benefit from green compost applications

Organic apple orchards benefit from green compost applications

In traditional apple orchards, effective management practices rely on two interrelated components.

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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...
Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitation
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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.
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Lily Tamburic...
Lily Tamburic

Chemicals

TwinGuard – New IPM tool for pome, stone fruit TwinGuard – New IPM tool for pome, stone fruit

October 8, 2014, Calgary, Alta – Pome and stone fruit growers in Canada now have access to TwinGuard for control of a broad spectrum of both sucking and chewing insects. “TwinGuard is an innovative new tool for tree fruit growers in Canada, providing them quick and effective, broad spectrum results on today’s toughest pests,” says Mark Alberts, product manager for horticulture with Dow AgroSciences. ”Speed of control and ease of use are what make TwinGuard unique. This new product, along with our other insect control options Delegate and Closer, will be powerful tools for growers managing the different pest complexes which occur throughout the growing season.” TwinGuard comprises two active ingredients with two different modes of action. It combines the new Isoclast Active with spinetoram. Isoclast is a novel sulfoxamine insecticide, introducing a new class of insecticides and a unique mode of action for control of sap-feeding insect pests. TwinGuard is registered on pome and stone fruit crops for control of the following pests: Aphids San Jose scale Woolly apple aphid (suppression) Codling moth Oblique-banded and three-lined leafrollers Spotted and western tentiform leafminers Apple maggot Plum curculio Oriental fruit moth TwinGuard is formulated as a dry product and is compatible with many fungicides and micronutrients. According to the company, TwinGuard has a favourable environmental and eco-toxicity profile and is easy on beneficial insect species, including bees and other pollinators.

Business/Policy

TwinGuard – New IPM tool for pome, stone fruit TwinGuard – New IPM tool for pome, stone fruit

October 8, 2014, Calgary, Alta – Pome and stone fruit growers in Canada now have access to TwinGuard for control of a broad spectrum of both sucking and chewing insects. “TwinGuard is an innovative new tool for tree fruit growers in Canada, providing them quick and effective, broad spectrum results on today’s toughest pests,” says Mark Alberts, product manager for horticulture with Dow AgroSciences. ”Speed of control and ease of use are what make TwinGuard unique. This new product, along with our other insect control options Delegate and Closer, will be powerful tools for growers managing the different pest complexes which occur throughout the growing season.” TwinGuard comprises two active ingredients with two different modes of action. It combines the new Isoclast Active with spinetoram. Isoclast is a novel sulfoxamine insecticide, introducing a new class of insecticides and a unique mode of action for control of sap-feeding insect pests. TwinGuard is registered on pome and stone fruit crops for control of the following pests: Aphids San Jose scale Woolly apple aphid (suppression) Codling moth Oblique-banded and three-lined leafrollers Spotted and western tentiform leafminers Apple maggot Plum curculio Oriental fruit moth TwinGuard is formulated as a dry product and is compatible with many fungicides and micronutrients. According to the company, TwinGuard has a favourable environmental and eco-toxicity profile and is easy on beneficial insect species, including bees and other pollinators.

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.”