Just a reminder that a Hops IPM training session will be held this Friday, April 8th from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Woodstock-OMAFRA Resource Centre. Anyone interested in attending is asked to pre-register, as there are limited spots available in the venue. To register, call the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300, or the OHGA. See below for a full description.
Hops Scouting and Integrated Pest Management Training
Woodstock OMAFRA Resource Centre – Large Boardroom
Unit1—401 Lakeview Dr., Woodstock, ON
Friday, April 8, 2016
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Melanie Filotas, Specialty Crops IPM Specialist, OMAFRA
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 2 1/2 hour 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, fusarium canker, Verticillium wilt); Hop Insects (two-spotted spider mite, potato leafhopper, Japanese beetle, caterpillar pests, general defoliators); and Natural enemies in the hop yard. Focus will be on scouting and identification, however management techniques for major pests will also be discussed. A follow-up, in field workshop will be held later in the season.
Two more pest managment-related field days will be held for hops growers later in the season. See below for details.
Hops Informal Field Workshop
Pleasant Valley Hops
18683 Loyalist Parkway, Hillier, Prince Edward County, ON
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (Rain date June 23)
4:00 pm—6:30 pm
Melanie Filotas, Specialty Crops IPM Specialist, OMAFRA and Evan Elford, New Crop Development Specialist, OMAFRA
Join OMAFRA specialists Melanie Filotas and Evan Elford for an in-field workshop on seasonal issues in hops. Topics covered will include an overview of scouting hops yards, hands-on identification of key pests present in the hops yard and a discussion of current production challenges of not for the 2016 season. This is an in-formal workshop with ample time for participants to ask questions on current agronomic and pest management challenges. To register, contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300. Deadline to register—Friday, June 17.
Hops Sprayer Optimization Workshop
Heritage Hill Hop Yard and Nursery
1933 Line 2 N, Shanty Bay ON
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (Rain date: July 21)
9:00 am – Noon
Jason Deveau, Application Technology Specialist, OMAFRA and Melanie Filotas, Specialty Crops IPM Specialist, OMAFRA
This in-field workshop is intended for sprayer operators or those planning on spraying hops. Jason Deveau and Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA will talk about the importance of proper spray coverage in hops and discuss what “good” spray coverage looks like in hops. Learn how to calibrate your sprayer and adjust settings to match the height of the plants. To register, contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300. Deadline to register—Friday, July 15 2016.