Ginseng Crop Update – May 26, 2017

As experienced growers will already know, the risks of all foliar diseases of ginseng along with Phytophthora root rot are high following the heavy rains. Ensure protection from foliar and root Phytophthora, Alternaria and Botrytis at this time.  Disease pressure will be especially high in frost damaged gardens. Other preventative measures include: Continue reading

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Laboratory Diagnosis of Ginseng Diseases and Nematodes

Throughout the summer growers often come across various unknown diseases and disorders that require diagnosis. In addition, growers often want to have new land tested to know if it is suitable for growing ginseng. I thought it would be good to summarize the various tests available at diagnostic labs and go through the benefits and limitations for ginseng growers. Furthermore, it is important to collect and submit samples properly for an accurate diagnosis. Continue reading

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New Food Safety and Traceability Online Courses!

By Jennifer Jarvis, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Advisor, OMAFRA

Give your company a competitive edge – take free eLearning courses to learn more about industry best practices and to be more competitive in the marketplace!

Access the new Food Safety and Traceability eLearning courses online on the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario online learning system through the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. Continue reading

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Deadline extended – IPM Training for Hops

The deadline for registration for the IPM Training session for Hops has been extended to Monday, May 15 at 10 am.  A minimum of 10 registrants are required for this session to run.   IPM Training for Hops is scheduled for Tuesday May 16 from 6-8:30 pm at the Simcoe Research Station (1283 Blueline Rd. Simcoe). Registrants have the option to attend in person or remotely, using WebEx.

To register, contact OMAFRA’s Agriculture Information Contact Centre by email at  ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca  or by phone at 1-877-424-1300.  When registering please provide your contact information and indicate whether you will be attending by WebEx or in person.

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Ginseng Crop Update – May 12, 2017

Temperatures will be finally warming up next week and become more humid as well. With frost damage in some gardens this will greatly increase the risk of Alternaria and Botrytis. If there is any frost damage in a garden, now is the time to protect those plants with a product that provides good protection from both diseases. A dual active product (e.g. Switch 62.5 WG) or a tank mix of compatible products are the best options. Consult the product companies to determine if two tank partners are compatible and follow the most restrictive restricted-entry intervals (REIs) and other label precautions of the two products you are mixing. Continue reading

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New, Free Soil Health Publications Now Available to Order!

By Jennifer Jarvis, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Advisor, OMAFRA

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is rolling out a total of 21 new soil health publications. These publications provide best management practices to help you preserve and conserve soil while improving soil health and crop production. Check out these five new titles on our Soil Health in Ontario web page:

  • Adding Organic Amendments
  • Erosion Control Structures
  • Cropland Retirement
  • Soil Health in Ontario
  • Field Windbreaks

You know that high quality, healthy, productive soil is the foundation of a strong, sustainable agri-food system. These publications, part of our Best Management Practices series, can help you plan and implement practices to improve soil health and increase yields. Unfortunately, the health of Ontario’s soils is on the decline. While many farmers practice good land management practices, there is much more that can be done to improve soil health and protect soil for long-term productivity. Continue reading

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IPM Training for Hops

Interested in learning about scouting and integrated pest management in hops?  We have added a hops session to OMAFRA’s IPM Scout Training Series on Tuesday, May 16 from 6-8:30 pm at the OMAFRA-Simcoe Resource Centre.  Details are below.  Due to popular demand, we are trying something new this year.  Registrants have the option of attending either in person or by WebEx.

To register for either option, contact OMAFRA’s Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 by Friday, May 12 at 4:30 pm.  A minimum of 10 registrants are required for the sessions to run.  Please indicate at registration whether you will be attending in person or connecting by WebEx.

Hops Scouting and Integrated Pest Management Training 

OMAFRA-Simcoe Resource Centre Auditorium

1283 Blueline Rd, Simcoe, ON

WebEx Option Available—Register for details

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:00-8:30 pm

Workshop Leader: Melanie Filotas, Specialty Crops IPM Specialist, OMAFRA

 Description:  Hops have a large complex of pests that can affect yield and quality.  These require careful monitoring and management to keep pest populations below economically damaging levels, but identification and management can be a challenge.  This indoor workshop will provide hop growers, scouts and industry members with an overview of integrated pest management in hops.  Topics covered include: scouting a hop yard, pest diagnostics 101, Hop Diseases (downy mildew, powdery mildew, viruses, cone blights, leafspots, fusarium canker, Verticillium wilt); Hop Insects (two-spotted spider mite, potato leafhopper, Japanese beetle, caterpillar pests, general defoliators); and, time permitting, Natural Enemies in the hop yard.   Focus will be on scouting and identification, however management techniques for major pests will also be discussed.

New for 2017, a WebEx option is being offered for those who cannot attend in person.  Details for connecting will be provided after registration.

To register, contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 by Friday, May 12 at 4:30 pm.  A minimum of 10 registrants are required for the sessions to run.  Please indicate at registration whether you will be attending in person or connecting by WebEx.

 

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