The early beginnings of Whittamore’s Farm started when Henry Lapp settled a 200-acre plot next to the Rouge River Valley in Markham, Ontario (northeast of Toronto) in 1804. As a market gardener in Richmond Hill, Ont., Frank J. Whittamore sold vegetables door-to-door in the Yonge and St. Clair area from the 1920s through to the 1950s.
Over the course of more than 150 years, Woodwynn Farms has seen many transformations. Today, it not only remains a productive farm but also harnesses the therapeutic benefits of working on the land.
Nova Scotia berry grower Greg Webster believes that the four main factors influencing berry crop success are variety selection, field management, irrigation technology developments and pest management.
While most young men in the early 1900s were likely dreaming about driving a Model-T Ford, Norman M. Bartlett was thinking in an inventive way.
The 2015 drought in Alberta and Saskatchewan is part of a thousand-year history of recurring Prairie droughts. That history includes multi-year and even multi-decade droughts. If you overlay that difficult past with a warmer and possibly drier future, what might that mean for Prairie agriculture?
As livestock became more important to the rural economy in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) evolved to service the needs of both animals and people.
Do the words “mouldboard plough” mean anything to you? Farming practices have changed significantly in the last 150 years. See how much we’ve grown.
Have you heard of a hopper-dozer? Back then, farmers used all sorts of techniques to protect their crops. We’ve come a long way.
There was no automated farming equipment available 150 years ago and absolutely everything had to be done by hand. Watch the video for more!
How much time does a combine harvester save the average farmer today compared to 150 years ago? Watch the video for more!
My association with Canadian poultry breeding began early in 1967, when I moved from an academic position at Wye College – then the agricultural school of England’s London University – to working at Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms Ltd., as research co-ordinator.
In the past, disease management in field crops was largely based on major gene resistance and the use of fungicides.
Sustainability is a concept that’s front and centre in many sectors today, and poultry is no different. Indeed, it’s part of one of the three top poultry industry drivers that Cargill has identified – guiding principles on which to base sound decisions now and in the future.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we’ve sought commentary from 11 of Canada’s largest national agricultural organizations on the state of each sector. As you will see, Canada’s agriculture sector is very strong and growing, and although challenges exist, so does the confidence to meet those challenges.
This year’s “Canada 150” celebrations, marking 150 years since Confederation on July 1, 1867, have prompted reflection about the past, present and future of our country.
With the increases in minimum wage, labour costs have jumped significantly for Ontario horticulture farmers in recent years. While this has been tough on many producers, apple growers have been feeling the bight keenly considering there is more labour required to keep an orchard running.
Cropping rotations are getting shorter. When I was a young pathologist working in Saskatchewan, a lot of growers were growing as many as five different crops, even sometimes seven different crops in their rotation.
Join us in celebrating our country! Positive and heartfelt, this video from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada showcases the Canada 150 themes of diversity, youth, environment, and reconciliation, all against the backdrop of Canada’s Prairies.
Canadian farmers are more efficient and innovative than ever, using increased precision and automation. And Canada’s food processing sector is strong, diversified and dynamic.
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This may be the most important tool on your farm in the 21st century, but it’s not really a tool at all. It’s more of a very large, weightless toolbox.
With the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations on the table, there has been much concern that Canada’s supply management system will once again be on the chopping block.
The number of manure bio-digesters – and other types as well – is still slowly increasing across Canada these days. This is due to further government support and updated regulations that allow farms to accept off-farm materials, which greatly boost gas production.
When someone tells you drones are about to revolutionize agriculture, believe them. More and more people in the farming industry believe that use of drone imagery will soon be standard practice on most major farms, helping to manage everything from potatoes to horticulture crops, grapes to field crops.
I really like this quote from Niels Bohr, a Nobel Prize–winning chemist. He says, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if you’re predicting the future.”
Growing volumes of data are being collected throughout the food production chain. But although this data could present big opportunity for agriculture, it’s not being used to its full potential, according to the international sales director of a software company that specializes in the protein industry.
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are becoming increasingly popular with crop growers as an easy way to take a look at their fields. Now, researchers are fine-tuning the use of imagery from drones as a more advanced tool for precision management of Canadian potato fields.
The modern turkey industry, oriented for high production and better quality at low cost, demands continuously efficient and goal-oriented health care to prevent the development of disease conditions.
This video tells the story of the technology behind precision farming and the techniques that were used to cut the Canada 150 logo.
For every dollar invested in wheat research there's a net return of twenty dollars to farmers. View this video to learn exactly how those research dollars are invested.