GOHCBC Entry Deadline Quickly Approaching!

BeerLogo_2015_NODATEThat’s right, the entry cutoff date for the  2017 Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition is quickly approaching…and only two spots remain!

Interested teams of Ontario hop growers and brewers who have not yet submitted an entry form are encouraged to do so before the October 31st deadline.

For more information about the competition and to download a registration form, please visit the competition website at http://www.ONHops.ca

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2017 competition and highlighting the quality and creativity that Ontario hop growers and brewers have to offer!


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Enterprise Budgets for Small Scale Hop Production

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingNew enterprise budgets (cost of production/COP) for small scale hop production at 5 acres, 10 acres, and 20 acres are now available on the Hop Growers of America Website.  The resources developed by Michigan State University and the University of Vermont include 5 year outlook on establishing a small scale hop yard common in the Northeastern USA as well as Ontario and Eastern Canada.

The budget templates, which are available as free downloadable Excel files, include various models of production to assist growers interested in production only or production and processing.

Click the links above for the specific templates or go directly to the USA Hops website for more information.


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Phytophthora Root Rot of Lavender: Management on Transplants

This is the time of year that many orders go into propagators for next year’s lavender planting.  Over the past two years there have been many reports of Phytophthora root rot on lavender, and many of these reports can be traced back to contaminated plant material at planting. Phytophthora root rot of lavender can be a devastating disease because it can destroy numerous plants rapidly, it is nearly impossible to completely control, and it prevents replanting on the same ground. Continue reading

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Clean Farms Ontario


Return your unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock medications from September 20-30, 2016



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OMAFRA Welcomes Dennis Van Dyk as Vegetable Crops Specialist


Dennis Van DykDennis Van Dyk recently joined the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) as a Vegetable Crops Specialist. Based out of the Guelph office, he will primarily focus on the root vegetable crop portfolio, including: potato, carrot, rutabaga, turnip, parsnip, radish and horseradish.

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Phytophthora Root Rot of Lavender: Overwintering Potential

Last year there were several reports of Phytophthora root rot on lavender across southern Ontario and much of the United States. Symptoms of Phytophthora root rot begin as sections of plants wilting down in the middle of the growing season, which usually rapidly progresses to complete plant death. The disease often begins to spread down the row and in rough patches in the field, especially under wet conditions. It is caused by the water mould Phytophthora nicotianae and several other Phytophthora species. In 2015 Phytophthora nicotianae was confirmed on all affected plants. Continue reading

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