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.

Search Research projects from the Harrow Research and Development Centre to learn more about what we do.

Sector Needs

The Harrow RDC carries out innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities in support of the AAFC's Strategic Plan for Science.

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Harrow Research and Development Centre through their profiles below.

You can also visit the Fields of Science campaign featuring 11 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists from coast to coast. Discover why they chose to pursue a career in agriculture and learn more about their research.

 

    2585 County Road 20
    Harrow, ON N0R 1G0
    Canada
    (519) 738-2251

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    Scientists and researchers

    Image Craig Drury
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    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 Lauren Des Marteaux
    Field Crop Entomologist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Lori Phillips
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Robert Nurse
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

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

     

    Image Tiequan Zhang
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Geneviève Marchand
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Jingyi Yang
    Soil Scientist, Nutrient Modeller in Agroecosystems | Agronome pédologue et modélisateur d’éléments nutritifs dans les écosystèmes agricoles
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Keith Reid
    Retired - Soil Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

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

     

    Image Quade Digweed
    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. Laforest, M. S. Martin, S. Meloche, B. Soufian, K. Bisaillon, F. Tardif and E.R. Page. 2021. Chromosome-Scale Draft Genomes of Common and Giant Ragweed Reveal a Potential Mechanism of Glyphosate Resistance. Annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society, Halifax N.S., November 14-17.

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    2. Hickmott, H., F. Tardiff, I. Rajcan, S. Meloche, M. Laforest and E.R. Page. Heterosis and the inheritance of paraquat resistance in Canada fleabane. 2021. Annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society, Halifax, N.S., November 14-17.

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    3. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., Labbé, R., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2022. Developing native predatory mirids as novel biocontrol agents for tomato pests in Canada. (Joint Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia – Vancouver, Canada)

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    4. Page, E.R., S. Meloche, A. Thibodeau, M. Moran, J. Larsen and J. Bae. 2021. Evaluating dry edible beans as a double crop following winter barley, canola and peas. Annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, Halifax, N.S., November 14-17.

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    5. Reynolds, S., Callaghan, C., Des Marteaux, L., Skevington, J., Raine, N.E., and Young, A. 2022. The bees kneeds! Investigating the impact of agricultural landscape composition on native pollinator populations in southern Ontario. (Joint Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia – Vancouver, Canada)

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    6. Pager, E.R., M. Gras, F. Tardif, M. Moran, J. Nasielski. 2021. Evaluating the potential of a winter canola-soybean relay intercrop in Ontario. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, Halifax, N.S., November 14-17.

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    7. Page, E.R., S. Meloche, A. Thibodeau, and M. Moran. 2021. Impact of tillage and crop residue on the establishment, survival and yield of winter canola (Brassica napus L.). Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, Halifax, N.S., November 14-17.

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    8. Reynolds, S., Callaghan, C., Des Marteaux, L., Skevington, J., Raine, N.E., and Young, A. 2022. The buzz about native bees and flower fly populations in Norfolk County (Entomological Society of Ontario [ESO] Annual Meeting – Virtual)

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    9. Des Marteaux, L. and Skevington, J. 2022. Living Lab Ontario - Studying our native pollinators. Ontario Soil Network field day: Making a Conservation Farming System Work. Kingsville, ON. (Sep 9).

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    10. Mukai, A., Mano, G., Des Marteaux, L., Shinada, T., and Goto, S. 2022. Juvenile hormone as a causal factor for maternal regulation of diapause in a wasp. (International Congress of Entomology, Helsinki, Finland).

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