Congratulations to Ontario Hop Growers!

A number of Ontario hop growers were recently recognized for their innovative efforts through the Premier’s Awards for Agri-food Innovation Excellence Program.

Congratulations to the following hop growers who applied to the program and received awards in the Minister’s and Regional level categories:

Minister’s Award:


Regional Award Winners:

  • Bighead Hops (Meaford), Nicholas Schaut and Monique Vanden Heuvel




For more information on the Premier’s Award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence Program, please visit the OMAFRA website at:

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Tracking Lavender Pests over the Growing Season

Lavender is affected by several insect and disease pests but little is known about their development and life cycle on the crop. In 2015 we monitored four lavender sites over the growing season for all major and minor pests to track their development over the season. Knowing when pests emerge in a lavender field can help growers with their pest management. Currently there are few to no registered pesticides or biopesticides for control of insects and diseases of lavender. However, it is unknown if insecticidal soaps such as Trounce and Opal, which are registered for aphid control on lavender would have an effect on some of the insect pests such as garden fleahopper and four-lined plant bug. New products may be registered over time and timing their application will be key to their success. Most insect control products need to be targeted to young nymphs in order to be effective, and knowing when that will occur in a season is important. Continue reading

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Ginseng Replant Disease Research Update – Dec. 1, 2015

OGGA and OMAFRA will be providing an update on ginseng replant disease research to interested ginseng growers on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 1:00 pm in the Simcoe Research Station Auditorium. This meeting will follow the Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting, which will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm that morning. Lunch will be provided for those interested in staying for both meetings.

The update will feature the following:

  • The overall research plan and progress to date
  • Results of a survey of ginseng fields treated with different fumigants (chloropicrin, metam-sodium and Telone)
  • Effects of fumigants and biofumigants on replant disease
  • Effects of biofungicides on ginseng diseases
  • Comparison of soil fungi in replant vs non-replant sites
  • Effects of ginseng wash-water on disease pressures in ginseng

This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A period.

If you intend to join us for lunch, please RSVP to the OGGA office by email to

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2016 GOHCBC Registration Now Full!

BeerLogo_2015_NODATEAn unprecedented response by the Ontario hop and craft beer industries has resulted in full registration for the 2016 Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition!

Thank you to all who expressed interest in the competition.  We encourage you to watch for updates on the competition website ( and to consider participating in 2017, the 5th anniversary of the GOHCBC!

To learn more about the competition and to see which teams will be contending for the coveted “Bottomless Cup” please visit the competition website at

Photo by Denis Cahill courtesy The Grower

Photo by Denis Cahill courtesy The Grower

The GOHCBC will take place on February 17th, 2016 from 2-4pm during the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.


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‘New Directions’ for a Specialty Crop in Ontario: Hops – Part 2

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shading“Hops: a potential niche crop for Ontario” is a three year research project (2013-2015) led by the University of Guelph and funded by OMAFRA’s New Directions Research Program.

Below is a summary of presentations and handouts provided during the hops research twilight meeting in August 2015 at the Simcoe Research Station:

  1. Project Background (Evan Elford, OMAFRA)
  2. Field Research Plot Plan and 2015 Treatments (handout)
  3. Hop Cultivar Evaluation (Cathy Bakker, University of Guelph)
  4. Research on Hop Downy Mildew in Ontario: Is it related to cucumber downy mildew? (Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph)
  5. Research Update on Hop Downy Mildew and Cone Diseases (Amy Fang Shi, University of Guelph)
  6. Frost Management Trial Update (Evan Elford, OMAFRA)
  7. Hops: A Market Update for Ontario (Elliott Currie, University of Guelph)

Part 1 of this posting, including information by growing year, can be found at the following link:

A final summary of project results will be posted this winter after the 2015 season data has been analysed.

Project Partners

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Workshop on Using Social Media to Market Your Business – Nov. 3 2015

The Ontario Lavender Association (OLA) presents “Selling Your Sizzle” a workshop led by Gregg McLachlan on how to use social media to market your business. The workshop will include specific lavender farm experiences and examples, but will be applicable to a wide-range of farm businesses that are open to the public or sell value-added products. Non-lavender businesses are welcome to attend.

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Where: Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, ON L7T 4H4
Time: 9:30 am (Registration), 10:00 am to 3:00 pm workshop
Cost: $50 for OLA members, $100 for non-members

Price includes parking, admission to the RBC grounds, and lunch.

Register by email by October 28, 2015: Include the name of your business and the person(s) attending.

Pre-payment is required. Payment can be made by e-transfer to or by cheque mailed to:

Ontario Lavender Association
1283 Blueline Road
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4N5

Any questions? Contact Pat at

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New Niagara College Survey for Ontario Hop Growers

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In a continued effort to understand the needs of the hop sector in Ontario, Niagara College has initiated a new survey to update information for the industry.

Niagara College Research & Innovation invites you to complete the following survey. The purpose of this survey is to understand the potential market in Ontario for hop growing & commercialization. The information that will be gathered from this survey is essential in creating interest in the Ontario hop market and for developing strategies to support its future. As a part of the hop growing industry your feedback is very important. The data collected will aid in the development of Ontario’s hop market and benefit all hop farmers. No personal information will be collected, and all of the opinions and information will be kept completely confidential. Only aggregated data will be reported. By participating in this survey you are giving your consent to Research & Innovation to collect and use this information for research purposes.

Deadline for the survey is October 18, 2015.

If you would like to participate in this survey, please click the following link:

For questions regarding the survey, please contact Alejandra Ruiz Aguirre, Business Research Assistant, Niagara College Research & Innovation at 905.641.2252 x 4286 or email

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