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New sweet potato variety could appeal to Canadian growers

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.

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Setting a new standard for tree planting

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.

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Brock research urges Niagara agribusiness to collaborate with other sectors

Matt talks to Tania Humphrey Chief Scientific Officer, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

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Nature’s army: biocontrols

Integrating beneficial insects into crop production can reduce pesticide use and elevate plant health.

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New sweet potato variety could help Lakeville farm family access lucrative market

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.

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Moving forward with preventative strategies

To get the most out of your greenhouse biocontrol program, start with preventative strategies.

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Niagara Uncorked: Big luxurious wines get better still

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.

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Cold, wet spring impacts growing season for Hamilton-area farmers

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.

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Get smart, get integrated

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.

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Automated mini cuke loader now on the market

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.

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Breeding ‘local’ apples for multiple micro-climates

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.

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Canadian Shield roses taking hold nicely

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?

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