Automated weather alert system helps tender fruit farmers mitigate winter damage

June 02, 2015

A new website is helping tender fruit growers monitor the cold hardiness of their buds over the winter months and manage possible winter injury.

Growers can register on www.tenderfruitalert.ca to receive free email alerts about potential low temperature situations that can help them make decisions about when they should use tools like frost fans and wind machines to protect against the weather.
The online, automated weather alert system was launched by Ontario Tender Fruit as part of a project funded through Growing Forward 2 so growers can better mitigate climate-induced damage to their orchards and crops. Ontario’s tender fruit crops include peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots, and plums.

“In 2012, we had a warm spring followed by a cold spell that killed a lot of blossoms, and we had no real data on what was happening in the field,” says Ontario Tender Fruit Chair Phil Tregunno, who farms near Niagara-on-the-Lake. “We knew we needed more information on when we can expect damage to our blossoms so that we can do a better job at managing our ...

Read more

Recent News



Boosting Food Safety in Artisanal Sausage While Maintaining Taste, Quality

A new protocol developed at the University of Guelph is letting meat processors strengthen food safety in fermented ...

Read more



Size Controlling Peach Rootstock for Ontario's Tender Fruit Industry

The Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board will receive up to $10,000 under the Ontario Farm Innovation Program ...

Read more



Agri-food groups working for a healthier Ontario

A healthier Ontario is the goal of the newly-released Agri-food for Health Strategy commissioned by the Presidents’ Council, ...

Read more
See All news

Connect with us

Twitter E-Mail RSS