Category Archives: Vineland

State-of-the-art research greenhouse opens in Vineland

Vineland's new greenhouse facility - web
By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

Vineland, Ontario – The largest, most modern horticultural research greenhouse in North America with commercial-scale height and growing rooms dedicated to horticulture is making its official debut on June 3.

As part of the grand opening of the 40,000 square foot facility at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), the public is invited for a tour of the greenhouse.

The older greenhouse facility on the Vineland campus no longer met requirements for research purposes and was costly to maintain, whereas the new complex, which sits on approximately one acre, is efficient and built to the latest commercial scale standards. Continue reading

New “Made in Canada” pear now available in local grocery stores

Cold Snap pear cut - web By Kelly Daynard for AgInnovation Ontario

Quick: name a variety of pear available in your local grocery store. You might be able to come up with one or two but if you can’t go past that, you’re not alone.

Research conducted by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in 2014 showed that the average Canadian doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about pears when they’re grocery shopping.

And unlike apples where names come more readily, consumers can rarely name pear varieties that they like.

A new partnership though between Vineland and the Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. aims to change that with a new made-in-Canada pear – the Cold Snap™ pear. Continue reading

Identifying healthier trees for greener Ontario highways

Test trees web By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

Niagara Region – Trees and shrubs growing next to busy roads and highways need a special kind of resilience to thrive.

In addition to handling Canada’s cold winter and hot summer climate, they have to be able to survive without after-planting care or irrigation, which means landscapers have to select species very carefully.

To better understand how to create urban plantings that mimic natural systems when it comes to retaining moisture, root shading, and protection from environmental stresses, nursery and landscape experts at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have designed two experimental test planting sites. Continue reading

The 10 most popular innovation stories of 2015

2991-AgInnovation-Logo-avatarBy Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

Guelph – As we get ready to bid 2015 good-bye, we thought we would take a look back at the many stories we’ve covered this year. All are focused on food and farming, on Ontario, and on innovation.

We’ve met some fascinating people over the last 12 months and covered some great innovations. Of course we loved them all, but here are the ones that resonated with you the most – our top 10 most popular agricultural innovation stories of 2015.

(By the way, our French-speaking readers have slightly different preferences – click here for our most popular French language stories). Continue reading

Researchers developing “made-in-Ontario” apple varieties

Vineland new apple varieties - webBy Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

Vineland – Ontario plant breeders and consumer preference researchers have teamed up with the province’s apple growers to work towards bringing new, local apple varieties to market.

Traditionally, it can take 20 years or more to develop a new apple variety – time during which markets and consumer preferences can change – but a research partnership between the Ontario Apple Growers and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is hoping to cut that development time in half.

To help reach this goal, researchers are incorporating data from Vineland’s consumer and sensory research. This involved asking a sensory panel to identify the apple characteristics they found most appealing which will help develop new apple varieties that specifically meet the needs and wants of Ontario consumers. Continue reading