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 www.ontario.ca/soil 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 info@ginsengontario.com 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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GOHCBC Half Full – Register Your Team Today!

BeerLogo_2015_NODATE BLACKDue to popular demand, the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition is back again for the 2018 OFVC!

As of today, the competition is over half full of a possible 18 teams of Ontario hop growers and brewers.

Please visit the competition website (www.ONHops.ca) for more information and to download a registration form.

Note: there have been some issues with a few registration emails – please call David Lauzon (GOHCBC Admin) at 1.519.426.7120 after emailing your registration form to confirm it has been received.

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Registration Now Open for 2018 GOHCBC!

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Registration for the 2018 Great Ontario Hopped Craft Beer Competition is now open.

This year the beer style chosen for the competition is the Black IPA.

The BJCP official Overall Impression cites the Black IPA as …”A beer with the dryness, hop-forward balance, and flavor characteristics of an American IPA, only darker in color – but without strongly roasted or burnt flavors. The flavor of darker malts is gentle and  supportive, not a major flavor component. Drinkability is a key characteristic.”

 

For full beer style guidelines, please visit the GOHCBC website or the BJCP beer style guide.

 

Important New Changes: This year some new rules and changes have been implemented based on competitor feedback and ongoing administration requirements, including:

  • Brewers may only submit one entry, teamed with no more than two Hop growers. Hop growers may not be part of more than two entries.
  • Entry into the competition is $25.00 CDN to be paid with the registration.
  • The Hop grower must have more than 400 hop plants or ½ acre in production with the intent to sell for use in commercially available beer.
  • Entries must be in six bottles. Bottles may be of any size or colour as long as they DO NOT identify the entrant (e.g. no unique raised lettering, bottle design, graphics or colour). Each bottle must be affixed with a competition entry label. Neither cans nor Swing-top or corked bottles are allowed. Crowns can be any colour as long as they DO NOT identify the entrant. Obliterate any lettering or graphics on the crown
    with a permanent marker. Failure to meet these requirements will result in disqualification. Beer and bottles will not be returned.
  • The GOHCBC will not be held responsible for missing entries. If you have not received confirmation that your entry has been received, contact us immediately.

For full competition details, registration forms, deadlines, etc. please visit the GOHCBC website at http://www.onhops.ca!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention – host of the GOHCBC!

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Hop Harvest Timelines in Ontario

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By Evan Elford, OMAFRA New Crop Development Specialist & Alexandria Verkuyl, OMAFRA Summer Horticultural Research Assistant

As hop harvest approaches each year, questions arise about harvest timelines for specific cultivars grown in Ontario. Since hops are a re-emerging crop in the province, only preliminary information has been collected from replicated trials.  Here are a few guidelines and suggestions for planning your hop harvesting schedule this year.

Moisture test:
Target 20% dry matter in hop cones.  Moisture levels for some cultivars may be optimal at a slightly higher or lower dry matter percentage, but most fall within 20 ±  2% range.  By targeting initial harvest at 20% dry matter, larger fields taking more time to harvest or cultivars being harvested over multiple days will hopefully be completed within an acceptable moisture range.

Historical records:
Historical harvest records can help to schedule cultivar-specific harvest windows in your growing area but should always be confirmed with moisture tests. Table 1 depicts harvest timelines over two years for 10 different cultivars grown in a randomized and replicated trial at the Simcoe Research Station, Norfolk County, Ontario.  This table can be used as a guideline to better understand when specific hop cultivars may be maturing in your part of the province.  Keeping your own harvest records will help fine tune harvest dates in your particular growing region. Table 2 outlines the same cultivars with harvest dry matter, yield in kg/ha after drying and resulting alpha and beta acid ranges.

Table 1: Harvest date ranges for 10 hop cultivars grown in a randomized, replicated field trial completed by the University of Guelph located at the Simcoe Research Station, Norfolk County, Ontario.  Data is compiled from the 2014 and 2015 growing season from 2nd year and 3rd year hop plants respectively (McDonald et al., 2016).

Ontario hop cultivar harvest dates 2014-2015

 

Table 2: Harvest parameters and resulting resin results for 10 hop cultivars grown in a randomized, replicated field trial completed by the University of Guelph located at the Simcoe Research Station, Norfolk County, Ontario.  Data is compiled from the 2014 and 2015 growing season from 2nd year and 3rd year hop plants respectively (McDonald et al., 2016).

Ontario hop cultivar harvest parameters and resin results 2014-2015

Hop Rub:
Begin to familiarize yourself with cultivar-specific characteristics.  Breaking apart or rolling a few hop cones to observe the aroma, lupulin colour and feel of the bracts can help growers know if the hops are ready for harvest or if they are too early or too late.  Most cultivars will exhibit the aroma of fresh cut grass and pale yellow-white lupulin if too early, while hops that are past maturity typically exhibit a rancid smell or aroma similar to alliums (onion and garlic) and lupulin will turn a dark yellow-orange colour.

References:
McDonald, M.R., Bakker, C., Elford, E.M.A. 2016. Hops: A potential niche crop for Ontario, 2013-2015 cultivar evaluation. Final Report for the New Directions Research Program.  Available: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/research/new_directions/projects/ndprojectindex.html

PDF Version of this article available here: Hop Harvest Timelines in Ontario

PDF of Table 1:Table of harvest date ranges for 10 hop cultivars grown in Ontario field trials 2013-2015

PDF of Table 2:Table of harvest data for 10 hop cultivars grown in Ontario field trials 2013-2015

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