Harrow Research and Development Centre

  • Greenhouse
  • Tractor
  • Soybean
  • Strawberries

The Harrow Research and Development Centre (Harrow RDC) located in Harrow, Ontario was established in 1909. It is the largest greenhouse research complex facility in North America, and is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres.

The Centre is associated with three satellite locations:

  • Greenhouse, laboratory & field based research complex on sandy soils at Harrow;

  • Clay-loam soils at the Honourable Eugene F. Whelan Experimental Farm, Woodslee, Ontario; and

  • The Ontario Development and Technology Transfer unit located in Guelph, Ontario.

Areas of Research

Harrow RDC develops and transfers new technologies for the production and protection of greenhouse vegetables and field crops, including soybeans, dry beans, corn, winter wheat and tomatoes. It is a lead contributor in research on the quality and sustainable use of Ontario soils as methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient losses from agricultural soils. This activity enhances the environmental health of farmlands in the Great Lakes basin.

The Harrow RDC is one of seven sites where field and greenhouse trials on potential pest management tools and technologies are conducted for AAFC’s Minor Use Pesticide Program.

Harrow RDC is the location for the Canadian Clonal Genebank greenhouse and orchard.

Sector Needs

The Harrow RDC supports innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities related to the following AAFC Science Sector Strategies:

 

    Scientists and researchers

    Image Della Johnston
    Director, RDT, Harrow & London Research and Development Centres/ON DTT
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Eric Page
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Jamie Larsen
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Kangfu Yu
    Senior Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Dr. Roselyne M. Labbé
    Research Scientist - Greenhouse Entomology
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Julia J. Mlynarek
    Research Scientist - Field Entomologist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Keith Reid
    Soil Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Pamela Joosse
    Senior Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Junior Greenhouse Engineer
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Sergio Paulo
    Acting Associate Director
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Sonja Fransen
    Water Management Engineer
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Xueming Yang
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Publications

    1. Mlynarek, J., LaFlair, A., Zhang, K., Vilcu, P., Sim, K., Rizzato, R., Gagnier, D. and Labbe, R. 2020. Predatory capacity and life histories of two native North American nabids, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association meeting, Niagara falls, ON.

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    2. Yang, X.M., Drury, C.F., Reynolds, W.D., Reeb, M.D. (2019). Legume cover crops provide nitrogen to corn during a three-year transition to organic cropping, 111(6), 3253-3264. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/agronj2018.10.0652

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    3. Miller, J.J., M.L. Owen, C.F. Drury, and D.S. Chanasyk. 2019. Short-term legacy effects of feedlot manure amendments on earthworm abundance in a clay loam soil. Can. J. Soil Sci. 99:1-12.

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    4. Smith, W., Z. Qi, B. Grant, W. He, A. VanderZaag, C. Drury, C. Tan, M. and Helmers. Towards improving the DNDC model for simulating soil hydrology and tile drainage. 2019 ASABE Annual International Meet, Boston, Massachusetts, July 7–10, 2019. DOI:https://doi.org/10.13031/aim.20

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    5. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Trudel, S., Giffen, D., Turkington, T.K., Svendsen, E., Parent, JP., Mylnarek, J., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2019. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update e-Bulletin May 30, 2019 edition. 2019 (8): 1-25. https://bit.ly/2pkYUFY

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    6. Smith, W., B. Grant, W. He, Z. Qi, A. VanderZaag, Kamaljit Banger, Craig Drury, and Claudia Wagner-Riddle. Modelling approach for identifying management practices that reduce GHG emissions from cropping systems in Canada. Proceedings of the workshop on “Climate change, reactive nitrogen, food security and sustainable agriculture”, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 15-16 April, 2019. https://mopga.imk-ifu.kit.edu/workshop-presentations

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    7. http://www.albertawheat.com/our-programs/research/awc-funded-research

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    8. Labbe, R. and Mlynarek. J. 2019. Evaluating biological control strategies for the tomato leafmining moth (Tuta absoluta), a potential invasive greenhouse pest. Report to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Jan 30, 2019

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    9. Yang, J.Y., Drury, C., Yang, X.M. 2019. Modelling Ammonia Emission from Nitrogen Fertilizer to Canadian Farmland from 1981-2016. Poster presentation In: SSSA International Soils Meeting, San Diego California 2019/01/06 - 2019/01/09.

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    10. Yang, J.Y., Yang, X.M., Drury, C.F., Liu, S. 2019. Simulating maize yield and soil inorganic N dynamics in South Ontario using the DSSAT model. Oral presentation In: SSSA International Soils Meeting, Jan. 6-9, 2019, in San Diego, California

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