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Canadian Exotica
Apr 20, 2017

Canadian Grocer, April/May 2017
By Danny Kucharsky

More than 70% of the world's okra crop comes from India, with the rest grown in the Middle East, Africa, the southern United States and the Caribbean. "Okra does really well here in Canada despite the fact that it's a sub-tropical crop," says Viliam Zvalo, a research scientist in vegetable production at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont. Read more

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Growing Canada's emerging sweet potato industry
Apr 18, 2017

AgInnovation Ontario
By Lilian Schaer

Canada’s first sweet potato variety is expected for release next year. And now work at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is underway to ensure Canadian farmers can also access sweet potato cuttings – called slips – right here at home. Read more

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Anyone up for Okra?
Apr 12, 2017

Modern Agriculture
By Ronda Payne

Last year Modern Agriculture told you about a study being done by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre on okra – the viability and demand. The centre is now inviting B.C. growers to try the crop out as part of new and innovative crops that are seeing an increase in market value in Canada. Read more

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Take your poinsettia cuttings for a dip
Apr 6, 2017

GrowerTalks, April 2017 issue
By Rose Buitenhuis

Starting clean is key to biocontrol success. To demonstrate the benefits of cutting dips. Vineland Research and lnnovation Centre (Ontario, Canada) did a three-year case study on poinsettias. It was found that large numbers of cuttings can be rapidly treated by dipping, using small amounts of control products and the dip is highly effective Read more  

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How sweet it is
Apr 3, 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Magazine, April 2017 issue
By Treena Hein

Sweet potato consumption is on the rise across the nation. To help grow the acreage, the Canadian sweet potato industry sorely needs locally adapted varieties and high quality, comparatively priced propagative material. That’s why Vineland’s Vegetable Production Research Scientist Dr. Viliam Zvalo is partnering with industry to make sure interested Canadian propagators have the research results they need to successfully grow locally adapted slips. Read more

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La poire Cold Snap
Mar 29, 2017

ICI, le 27 mars 2017

Depuis 2016, il est possible de manger des poires canadiennes en hiver ! C’est grâce à des chercheurs et à des producteurs de l’Ontario que nous pouvons consommer la Cold Snap, la première poire canadienne brevetée. Ricardo visite un de ces vergers dans la vallée du Niagara. Il discute avec Dre Amy Bowen, responsable des recherches sur la commercialisation de la Cold Snap. Regardez ici 

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This new pear variety lets Canadians eat local all year round
Mar 27, 2017

We Are The Best

Thanks to a group of researchers and producers from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Canadians can now enjoy local pears all year round. Dr. Amy Bowen heads up the research on the Cold Snap pear at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. In this episode of We Are The Best, she explains to chef Ricardo Larrivée how this Canadian invention was developed, and makes her pitch for why consumers should give the Cold Snap a try. View here

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Finally, a rose designed to thrive in the Canadian Shield
Mar 17, 2017, March 15, 2017
By Jeff Turl

A new rose called "Canadian Shield', in honour of Canada's 150th birthday is proving extremely popular with gardeners because it is bred with the northern climate in mind. Cheryl Lennox, Director of Marketing for Vineland Research and Innovation Centre told BayToday that the rose is winter-resistant to minus 40 and also resistant to black spot. She confirms it is perfect for the North Bay area. Read more

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Introducing the Canadian ShieldTM rose, just in time for Canada's 150th
Mar 10, 2017

The Gardener, Spring 2017 issue
By William Hrycan

A new rose is taking centre stage at this year’s Canada Blooms flower and garden festival in Toronto—the Canadian Shield™ rose. The rose is truly Canadian, possessing a refined beauty yet hardy enough to thrive in the diverse conditions found across our country. Like all roses that come out of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, it is disease resistant and will not succumb to black spot or powdery mildew. Read more

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Canada’s changing face presents opportunity for Ontario flower growers
Mar 7, 2017

AgInnovation Ontario, March 7, 2017
By Lilian Schaer

Immigrants coming to Canada bring with them not only their own culture and food, but also distinct floral preferences. As Canada’s demographic makeup changes, this means new opportunity for flower growers in this country. Researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in collaboration with Ontario grocery chain Longo’s have identified a particular opportunity for jasmine and  are now working with flower grower Westbrook Floral to bring the first Ontario-grown jasmine plants to market this spring. Read more

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