Pest Control Product Changes for Ginseng Growers for 2020

Due to re-evaluations by PMRA and new registrations there are several changes to pest control product options for the 2020 growing season. Ginseng growers will have to adjust product rotations accordingly. Continue reading

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Airblast Sprayer Focus in Upcoming Grower Pesticide Safety Course

2015_Airblast101_Sample_Pages_Tag-298x248Growers operating airblast sprayers are invited to participate in a special Grower Pesticide Safety Course on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 in Ancaster, Ontario.

This course will focus on Airblast information, as well as the Grower Pesticide Safety Course information.  The course runs from 8:45 am until 4:30 pm.  Participants earn pesticide safety certification and receive the Airblast 101 manual as well.

Interested participants can call the Ontario Pesticide Education Program line at 1-800-652-8573, or sign up at


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And the 2020 ONHops BrewOff winners are…

Congratulations to the 2020 ONHops BrewOff winners:

1st Place: Great Lakes Brewery & VQH Farms


2nd Place: Steel Wheel Brewery & The Bickle Farm – Valley Hops

3rd Place: Concession Road Brewing Co & McConkey Farms Hop Company


This year’s beer style was Imperial (Double) IPA.  During the competition a hop rub with over 54 hop submissions across 13 different cultivars was featured by the hop grower/brewer teams and an Ontario malting barley display was also provided by OMAFRA Cereals Specialist Joanna Follings.

Thanks and congratulations to all of our teams, judges, stewards, host (OFVC), sponsor (BASF Canada), and many media outlets covering the competition.

The Grower:
The Crafty Gentlemen:

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Hop Online Course Now Available

11-7HopOnlineClassAre you interested in growing hops but not sure where to start? Or are you an experienced hop grower looking for a refresher, or train new employees?  If so, you may be interested in the new online, on-demand course, Hop Production in Midwest and Eastern North America. Developed by the Great Lakes Hops Working Group, this course addresses all aspects of hops production.  Modules include:

  • Industry Overview
  • Hopyard construction
  • Cost of production
  • Stages of production
  • Horticultural practices
  • Disease management
  • Insect management
  • Weed management
  • Beneficial insects
  • Pesticide considerations
  • Harvest
  • Postharvest
  • Marketing

You can preview the first module, the Industry Overview by Rob Sirrine of Michigan State University.  The cost to register for the remaining modules is $50 US. Registration information can be found here.

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Hop Sensory Workshop at 2020 OFVC

Join us this week at the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention where an exciting Hop Sensory Workshop is planned on Wednesday, February 19 from 9:30-11:30 am.

The workshop will begin with a short review of field production practices that effect hop quality and yield by OMAFRA specialists Evan Elford and Melanie Filotas.

Following the review, an interactive session with hop sensory specialist Roy Desrochers of the University of Vermont (formerly of Tufts University) will lead the group in a sensory evaluation of hop characteristics and their effects on end use in brewing.

More information about Roy Desrochers can be found on this previous posting:

Join us this week for a hopping good time you’ll be sure to enjoy!

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 9:30-11:30
Location: Ballroom C, Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, Ontario

And don’t forget, the 8th annual ONHops BrewOff (formerly the Great Ontario Hopped Craft Beer Competition) will take place in the afternoon following the Hop Sensory Workshop.  We are pleased to have Roy joining the competition as a guest judge for this year’s beer style – Imperial (Double) IPA!


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Local Hops for Local Beer

Research yard, Year 2, August 2014

Over the last 10 years there has been a considerable increase in Ontario hop acreage. The perception of unlimited market growth for specialty crops, like hops, is usually unrealistic, and these markets are susceptible to price fluctuations even more so than traditional crops.

The following article, Why Aren’t Ontario Hop Farmers Feeling the Love? provides some valuable points on how local brewers (or other hopped beverage companies) can incorporate more Ontario hops into their day to day product lines:

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The Ontario Biomass Producers Co-Operative (OBPC), Annual General Meeting (AGM)

On March 12, 2020, The Ontario Biomass Producers Co-Operative (OBPC) will hold their annual general meeting at the Country Hertitage Park – Puslinch Hall (8560 Tremaine Rd., Milton) from 10:30am – 2:30pm.

OBPC represents Ontario farmers who grow perennial biomass crops (e.g. switchgrass, miscanthus, big blue stem).  The potential uses for these crops include livestock bedding and feed, mulch, erosion control, soil health improvement, and for the manufacture of  bioproducts such as food packaging containers, biocomposites and biochemicals.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the exciting new market developments in biomass crops and the growing demand for switchgrass should attend.

For registration details and more information about OBPC and biomass crops in general, please follow the link,

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