Ginseng Fertility and Pest Manager App Workshop Jan. 31, 2018

OMAFRA and OGGA are hosting a two-part workshop on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in the Simcoe Research Station Auditorium

12:00 pm    Lunch and Learn – Demonstration of the new Ginseng Pest Manager app  
1:00 pm      Ginseng fertility – An open forum
3:30 pm      Adjourn

In order to ensure we have enough food for lunch, please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 29 by email to Michelle Murphy at Please include any of your ginseng fertility related questions in your RSVP so they can be addressed in the fertility portion of the workshop.

Details of the workshop are as follows: Continue reading

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Specialty Crop Content at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Feb. 21 and 22, 2018

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) will be held February 21 and 22, 2018 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls ( This year the program features substantial specialty crop content. Here some highlights for specialty crop growers: Continue reading

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Summer Student Positions Available at the Simcoe Research Station

Organization:    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Division/Branch:   Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch
Position Title:   Student – Summer Research Assistant
Job Term:   Temporary (6 positions) for up to 18 weeks
Location:  OMAFRA Simcoe Resource Centre, Simcoe, Ontario (Norfolk County, on the north shore of Lake Erie, 2 hours southwest of Toronto)
Salary:   $14.85 / hour based on a 36.25 hour work week

Are you serious about making your mark, getting hands-on work experience and learning more about careers in the Ontario Public Service?  These positions at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Simcoe Resource Centre will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in horticulture production, research or the agricultural service sector. These positions will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects, and agronomy of the major field horticulture crops and specialty crops grown in the province. Continue reading

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Hop Rates for 2018-2019 Advanced Payments Program

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advanced Payment Program (AAP), delivered by the Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) in Ontario, has released the list of rates for storage crops (including hops) for the 2018-2019 growing season.

The available advance rate for Ontario growers in the 2018-2019 growing season will be $6.79/dry lb.  Hop program deadlines and rates include:

  • Advance available date: 1 April, 2018
  • Repayment deadline: 30 September, 2019
  • Advance rates: $6.79/ dry lb for ON and $4.85/ dry lb for BC 

Click here fore a link to the 2018-2019 Product Rate List and Worksheets for Ontario

The AAP “…is a federal loan guarantee program that helps crop, livestock, greenhouse and nursery landscape producers meet their financial obligations and benefit from the best market conditions by improving their cash flow throughout the year.”  The program will provide up to $400 000 advance with the first $100 000 interest free and the following $300 000 at prime interest rate.

For general information about the program and to download an application form, please visit the AAP webpage or contact ACC directly (tel: 1-888-278-8807).


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Soil Health in Ontario

OMAFRA-soil-healthNew! OMAFRA has just released ‘New Horizons: Ontario’s Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy’ for public input.

Click here to access the document and for more information and provide online feedback. Draft document is posted for 60 days to acquire final comments.

A series of public comment sessions are also taking place. Come visit in person and provide your best advice!

Open Houses
We also invite you to join us at one of our public open houses. Pre-registration is not required at these drop-in events. Participating in an open house will give you the opportunity to talk with OMAFRA soil staff, ask questions and provide input:

  1. November 22, St. Isidore Recreation Centre, 20 de l’Arena Street, St. Isidore, ON K0C 2B0 (5-9pm)
  2. November 27, Woodstock OMAFRA office, Unit 1 – 401 Lakeview Drive, Woodstock, ON. N4T 1W2 (6-9pm)
  3. November 28, Chatham area (Country View Golf Course, 25393 St. Clair Road. R. R. #1. Dover Centre, ON. N0P 1L0) (1-4pm and 6-9pm)
  4. December 14, Codrington Community Centre, 2992 Rd 30, Codrington, ON, K0K 1R0(3-6pm)
  5. December 15, Flesherton KinPlex, 2 Highland Dr., Flesherton N0C 1E0 (3:15-5:30 pm)
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Upcoming Ginseng Meetings December 6, 2017

Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting

Ginseng growers, researchers and industry representatives are invited to attend the annual Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting

Where: Simcoe Research Station Auditorium
When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

This is an opportunity to discuss the production issues over the past year, establish research priorities for the coming year and to prioritize products for the minor use system. An update will be provided on products currently in the minor use system.

Ginseng Replant Disease Research Update

Where: Simcoe Research Station Auditorium
When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

This meeting will provide those interested with an update on significant research findings over the past year. If you plan to stay for lunch between the two meetings, please RSVP to the OGGA office at by Friday, December 1.

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Root Lesion Nematodes vs Rusty Root: What is Affecting Your Ginseng?

There has been a lot of confusion on what is causing rusty symptoms and constrictions on ginseng roots. Some growers assume it is all root lesion nematode damage, but some damage seems to occur where no root lesion nematodes can be found in soil tests.

Over the past six years, OMAFRA and the OGGA have been collaborating on numerous research trials with root assessments being conducted both after the seedling year and at final harvest.  Many of these trials involved extensive testing of the soil ahead of time to determine the populations of plant parasitic nematodes. We have also conducted experiments in pots where there was more control over what was present in the soil.  From these trials we now have a much clearer picture on what the damage from root lesion nematodes looks like compared to rusty roots. Continue reading

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