Author Archives: Evan Elford

GOHCBC Half Full – Register Your Team Today!

Due 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 … Continue reading

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Registration Now Open for 2018 GOHCBC!

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 … Continue reading

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Hop Harvest Timelines in Ontario

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 … Continue reading

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An Overview of Haskap Cultivar Characteristics

In 2007 the first University of Saskatchewan (USask) haskap (Lonicera caerulea) cultivars were released.  Since then, this specialty berry (also known as honeyberry or edible blue honeysuckle) has been of interest by commercial growers and home gardeners alike. Below is … Continue reading

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Patience Pays for Haskap Flavour

Haskap harvest is underway in Ontario.  For new growers of the crop, a reminder that berry colour is a poor indicator of berry ripeness in this crop.  Being patient and waiting to harvest the crop will pay dividends in flavour…and … Continue reading

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Hop Q&A: What form of nitrogen should I use on my hops in a cold spring?

I’ve had a few discussions about hop fertility planning over the last few days. One question that has come up is about the form of nitrogen to use while fertilizing hops. Typically, granular fertility applications in hop yards will use … Continue reading

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KSU Pawpaw Grafting Workshop, 5 May 2017

The Kentucky State University will be having a pawpaw grafting workshop on 5 May, 2017 at the H.R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm, 1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY, USA. Learn the bark inlay grafting technique for pawpaw with Neal Peterson … Continue reading

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