News Archive: 2019

The Landscape Ontario podcast - Darby McGrath
Dec 4, 2019
The Landscape Ontario podcast, December 2, 2012 Ontario Tree Guide co-author Darby McGrath joins the podcast to discuss what's new in the updates guide. Listen here
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How Canada is taking greenhouse research to the next level
Nov 25, 2019
Greenhouse Grower By Brian Sparks Vineland released this month its 2019-2020 Vineland Innovation Report, which highlights some of the major areas of research taking place. The full version of the Vineland Innovation Report can be downloaded here, but here’s a sampling of some of the research efforts greenhouse growers need to know about. Read more
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An automated workforce to harvest Canada’s greenhouse cucumbers
Nov 19, 2019
Greenhouse Canada By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Canadian cucumbers are a hot commodity. Amidst this strong production outlook, human labour are holding the industry back. With help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funding, Vineland’s robotics and automation team is working to develop an autonomous robot capable of harvesting cucumbers in a greenhouse environment. Read more
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Growing trees that last
Nov 14, 2019, November 18, 2019, Volume 2, Issue 23 By Lilian Schaer A partnership between Vineland and Kingsville-based A.M.A. Horticulture has resulted in a plant propagation system that helps with costly problem for municipalities and growers. Read more
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CKTB Business Trip: Agriculture Roundtable Round #1
Nov 11, 2019
610 CKTB - Niagara in the Morning with Tim Denis November 8, 2019 Tim Denis (Shelby Knox) Roundtable (Dr. Tania Humphrey, Vice President Research and Development Vineland Research & Innovation Centre and John Fedorkow Fruithaven Farms in St. David's and 2019 Grape King). Read more
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Vineland partners with Eminent Seeds
Oct 28, 2019
The Grower, November 2019 Vineland is one step closer to bringing flavour-packed Ontario greenhouse-grown tomatoes to Canadian consumers through its partnership with Eminent Seeds to produce and distribute the seeds for the first three varieties of greenhouse grown tomatoes-on-the-vine developed by the research and innovation centre. Read more
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Expanded focus gives research clusters more diversity
Oct 16, 2019, October 21, 2019 issue By Lilian Schaer Automation, grape and wine, and small acreage field crops among new research funding added to the national research cluster program launched last year by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Vineland's Tania Humphrey discusses. Read more
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Research centre showcases apple orchard and breeding program
Sep 25, 2019
Fruit & Vegetable Magazine By Jennifer Paige Vineland held the What's Growin' On Research Farm Open House on Thursday, Sept. 19. The world-class research centre, which is dedicated to horticulture science and innovation, opened its doors to interested parties to showcase its apple orchard and related research projects. Read more
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Niagara region: a leader in agri-business innovation
Sep 23, 2019
Financial Post By Ben Forrest In an Ontario apple orchard in the not-too-distant future, a robot arm mounted on an autonomous vehicle navigates rows of fruit-bearing trees at harvest, stopping frequently to reach up, gently twist the stem and pluck the ripest offerings at exactly the right time. Vineland is working to develop this and several other automated technologies for Canada’s horticulture industry. Read more
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Perfecting the apple at Vineland
Sep 11, 2019
Niagara This Week By Steve Henschel, Grimsby Lincoln News Daryl Somers examines the fruits of one of 22,000 apple trees at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre farm. The centre’s ongoing efforts to breed the perfect apple will be highlighted during an annual open house Sept. 19. Read more
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New tender fruit varieties are just peachy
Sep 4, 2019
Farmtario, September 9, 2019, Volume 2, Issue 18 By Lilian Schaer An early ripening, yellow flesh peach will be moving into first stage commercialization next year. It’s among several promising new tender fruit varieties from the University of Guelph and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada breeding programs that are emerging as potential winners in research under way at Vineland in conjunction with Ontario Tender Fruit. Read more
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Vineland's new seedless grapes to hit market in 2020 as fruit breeding programs grow
Aug 20, 2019 After years of testing and development, Canada's Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is preparing to release its long-awaited seedless table grape variety next year. Read more
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CAAIN funding announcement reaction: Ian Potter - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Aug 15, 2019
Alberta Innovates, July 26, 2019 Ian Potter, President and CEO at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, explains the significance of the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network and what the future will bring after the federal funding announcement of $49.5 million on July 22, 2019. Learn more
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The next wave of plant consumers
Aug 1, 2019
Greenhouse Canada, August 2019 issue By Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk As new immigrants and younger generations become established, so too do their purchase interests in the floriculture sector. Vineland's Alexandra Grygorczyk explains. Read more
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Nearly $50M invested in the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network
Jul 30, 2019
Fruit & Vegetable Magazine By Jennifer Paige The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources recently announced an investment of up to $49.5 million in the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN). Spearheaded by Alberta Innovates and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, together with Alberta’s Olds College and Lakeland College, CAAIN is expected to begin with eight partners from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. Read more
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It's taken almost a decade. But this man thinks he's perfected Ontario tomatoes
Jul 29, 2019
CBC, July 27, 2019 By Haydn Watters, CBC News Vineland's vegetable breeder Valerio Primomo has been working on developing an Ontario tomato for nine years. The goal is to try to appeal to the tastes of people here but also be able to grow in the province's varied climate. Read more 
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I am produce
Jul 25, 2019
Canadian Produce Marketing Association The CPMA “I am produce” industry video showcases the diversity of careers and professional backgrounds in the produce industry. View it here 
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Vineland rolls out new custom services
Jul 10, 2019
Greenhouse Canada Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has just introduced a new venture to their portfolio of activities – customized robotic and automation solutions, as well as consultation and technology assessments, for Canadian horticulture companies. Read more
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Bringing world flavours and foods home to Canada
Jul 8, 2019
National Post By Green Belt Fund Changing Canadian demographics and evolving consumer tastes are opening new marketplace opportunities for farmers, food processors and researchers to bring world crops, not traditionally grown in Canada, and ethnic foods to consumers and food lovers. Read more
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New sweet potato variety could appeal to Canadian growers
Jul 4, 2019 By Astrid Van Den Broek The idea was straightforward: develop a sweet potato variety that could be adapted across Canada so the country could grow more sweet potatoes rather than rely on imports. And so, Radiance was born. Read more
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Setting a new standard for tree planting
Jun 26, 2019
CNLA Newsbrief, Summer 2019 The Ontario Landscape Tree Planting Guide, authored by Dr. Darby McGrath and the research team of Vineland’s Nursery- Landscape Horticulture Department Jason Henry and Ryan Munroe, is one of the most comprehensive tree planting reference guides ever developed for use by the landscape industry. Read more
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Brock research urges Niagara agribusiness to collaborate with other sectors
Jun 20, 2019
610 CKTB The One O’Clock Talk with Matt Holmes Matt talks to Tania Humphrey Chief Scientific Officer, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Listen here
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Nature’s army: biocontrols
Jun 17, 2019
Greenhouse Grower, June 12, 2019 By Kristen Hampshire Integrating beneficial insects into crop production can reduce pesticide use and elevate plant health. Read more
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New sweet potato variety could help Lakeville farm family access lucrative market
Jun 10, 2019
Truro News, June 6, 2019 By Kirk Starratt Developed by Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Radiance has been bred specifically for Canada’s unique weather conditions. And it could be on store shelves in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Read more
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Moving forward with preventative strategies
Jun 4, 2019
Greenhouse Canada, June 2019 issue By Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, Ashley Summerfield and Dr. Michael Brownbridge To get the most out of your greenhouse biocontrol program, start with preventative strategies. Read more
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Niagara Uncorked: Big luxurious wines get better still
May 29, 2019
Distributed to four (4) Metroland Media Group Ltd. in the Niagara Region By Bob Tymczyszyn, St. Catharines Standard Several local wineries have taken the age-old Italian method called appassimento to create some truly remarkable wines. But winemakers were concerned by the amount of loss they were experiencing. Coming to the aid of Ontario winemakers was the staff at Vineland. Read more
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Cold, wet spring impacts growing season for Hamilton-area farmers
May 27, 2019, May 17, 2019 By Mike Pearson, Dundas Star News A cold, wet spring is delaying the planting season for some Hamilton-area farmers shut out from their fields. Michael Josiak, farm and grounds operations manager at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, said peaches, apricots, cherries and plums could be impacted. Read more
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Get smart, get integrated
May 22, 2019
Greenhouse Grower By Kristen Hampshire The pressure points growers face are not anything they can control — cost and availability of labor, energy expenses, reduced margins. And there’s technology. One of the focuses at Vineland is helping greenhouses integrate technology into their production systems and conducting research projects. Read more
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Automated mini cuke loader now on the market
May 16, 2019
Farmtario, May 20, 2019 issue By Lilian Schaer A robotic loader that can take the manual labour out of placing greenhouse mini cucumbers onto trays is now available on the market. Developed by researchers at Vineland in partnership with CMP Automation, the technology is part of ongoing efforts to reduce labour costs for farmers through automation. Read more
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Breeding ‘local’ apples for multiple micro-climates
May 6, 2019
The Grower, May 2019 issue By Karen Davidson As part of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium, Canadian researchers including Vineland's Dr. Daryl Somers are pursuing several apple varieties that might work in different areas of the country. Read more
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Canadian Shield roses taking hold nicely
Apr 30, 2019
Garden Making By Heather White In spring 2017, Vineland’s new Canadian Shield roses were planted in gardens across the country to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.  This extremely hardy, disease-resistant repeat bloomer with vivid red blooms and glossy green foliage had been in development for several years, and the timing of its release couldn’t have been better. But beyond the fanfare, as the gardening world quietly slipped into its routine maintenance tasks, how has the iconic rose settled into the landscape? Read more
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Improving soil for success
Apr 25, 2019
Landscape Trades, April 2019 issue By Dr. Darby McGrath Vineland's Greening Canada's Highways tree planting research update. Read more
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Growing to new heights
Apr 23, 2019
Better Farming, April 2019 issue By Lauren Arva "Vertical farming is very high-intensity farming and the speed at which the crops grow helps to limit the window for disease and insect pressures," says Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland. The increased yields of indoor farms are an additional advantage. Read more
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Roses to inspire our sense of place
Apr 17, 2019
Garden Making By Heather White Chinook Sunrise, a shrub-type rose, is the second release in a series of roses called Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection. Its blooms are described as a delicious kaleidoscope of shades, from deep coral to pale pink. Read more
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How will gene-editing reach the farm?
Apr 2, 2019
Farmtario By Matt McIntosh Biotechnology experts met in Toronto to discuss how Canada’s regulatory system could better enable the safe commercialization of gene-edited plants and animals. Because of the investment exodus occurring in Europe, Michael Pautler, head of genomic services at Platform Genetics Inc., a sub-company of Vineland, says European Union companies looking for new horticultural crops have been increasingly working with Vineland. Read more 
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Biocontrol thriving in Canadian floriculture greenhouses
Mar 27, 2019
Greenhouse Canada, March/April 2019 issue By Ashley Summerfield Vineland's most recent survey of Canadian greenhouse growers found a growth in the number of biocontrol users and the extent of biocontrol use. Read more
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To water or not to water, ask the computer
Mar 20, 2019
Greenhouse Canada, March/April 2019 issue By Greta Chiu Sunrise Greenhouses has collaborated on an artificial intelligence-based smart irrigation project at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre that allows for predictive modelling of smart irrigation in potted crops. Read more
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Niagara researcher breeds sweet potato designed to grow in the Canadian climate
Mar 14, 2019 The Canadian Press Valerio Primomo, a research scientist and vegetable breeder at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, has developed "Radiance," a variety of sweet potato with a shorter growing season. Read more
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It's a long journey to develop a new Ontario apple
Mar 8, 2019
Norfolk Farms, Spring 2019 Vineland's Dr. Daryl Somers has bitten into a tasty but lengthy project as he develops a new apple for Ontario. He figures it will take 15 or 20 years before it will be ready for the fresh apple market. Read more
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One million Radiance slips to be available to sweet potato growers in 2019
Mar 4, 2019
Norfolk Farms, Spring 2019 Move over Covington and Orleans to make way for the new sweet potato variety known as Radiance which has been developed by Vineland in collaboration with Louisiana State University. Read more
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A made-in-Ontario tomato, courtesy of Vineland Research
Feb 27, 2019
Niagara This Week By Luke Edwards The plants are in for another year of Vineland's greenhouse tomato program that's seeking to develop a made-in-Ontario hybrid for local climate conditions. Right now they’re tiny seedlings and with any luck, in two years they’ll be supplying grocers and consumers across the province with delicious tomatoes. Read more
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Delving into new disease foes
Feb 1, 2019
Greenhouse Management, February 2019 issue By Patrick Williams Not just for pests, biocontrol agents are being researched for their effect on diseases by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which has surveyed and spoken with growers who use them. Read more
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Condo sprouts trees
Jan 17, 2019
Landscape Trades, January 2019 issue By Scott Barber An architect firm and condo developer are planning Canada’s first vertical forest for Toronto, and they’ve brought together an impressive team of experts including Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to make the ambitious project come to life. Read more
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Choosing trees and growing media for intensive green roofs
Jan 10, 2019
Living Architecture Monitor, Winter 2018 issue By Dr. Darby McGrath Incorporating trees into green roof designs and building facades is not only appealing, but there is more demand than ever to plant rooftop trees. Vineland's Darby McGrath explains. Read more
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