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Ontario government expands Risk Management Program by $50 million to support farmers

The Ontario government is expanding the Risk Management Program a year earlier than planned by $50 million for a total of $150 million annually. The deadline to apply for the program closes on July 30, 2020.

Grower’s guide to packinghouse preparation prior to peach season

OMAFRA compiled a resource about cold storage, preparing the packing line, monitoring and cleaning packing lines, and COVID-19 concerns ahead of Ontario’s peach season.

Farmland growing organic fruits and vegetables increased by 15 per cent since 2016

In 2019, fruit and vegetable certified organic cultivated areas accounted for 7.4 per cent of the entire fruit and vegetable cultivated area in Canada. Quebec accounts for almost 80 per cent of this organic area.
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Developing earlier, tastier peaches

A University of Guelph researcher is breeding Ontario peaches with better colour, taste and texture, which would be available in stores two weeks earlier than other local peaches. For Canadian growers, early maturing peach varieties can help them compete with U.S. growers. The breeding program is also working on unveiling six new peach varieties by 2025. » Read more...
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Ontario farmers respond to COVID-19 outbreaks

Some of the COVID-19 outbreaks on Ontario farms can be traced to local recruitment agencies whose contract workers moved from farm to farm. Ontario farmers are calling on the farming community to limit the movement of local temporary contract workers from one farm to another to reduce the risk of community spread. » Read more...
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Color Atlas of Postharvest Quality of Fruits and Vegetables

The effects of time and temperature on the postharvest quality of fruits and vegetables are visually depicted in the Color Atlas of Postharvest Quality of Fruits and Vegetables. Through hundreds of vibrant color photographs, this unique resource illustrates how the appearance (e.g., color, shape, defects and injuries) of fruits and vegetables changes throughout their postharvest life and how storage temperature greatly contributes to critical quality changes.

The book’s extensive coverage describes 37 different fruits and vegetables from different groups that were stored at five specific temperatures and photographed daily after specified elapsed periods of time. Learn more
Virtual Events 

Manitoba Horticulture School Webinar Series

Another session of the horticulture school series will take place on July 23 at 1:30 CDT. It will discuss fruit crop disease and management alongside a Manitoba fruit crop update. » Learn more

Viticulture Field Week

Michigan State University is hosting a week of webinars from 12-1 p.m. EST during July 27-31, 2020. » Learn more