Author Archives: Evan Elford

Hop Irrigation Watch, June 2018 Update

Over the last 14 days, dry conditions have persisted in South and Central Ontario with minimal precipitation other than isolated showers and thunderstorms in some regions.  Figure 1 shows the 14 day accumulated precipitation for Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada … Continue reading

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Hop Leaf Stripping in Ontario

Leaf stripping (removing lower leaves and laterals; Figure 1) to increase air flow is a common cultural practice to manage hops downy mildew (P. humuli). Leaf stripping is performed earlier in Ontario than in other growing regions due to a shorter … Continue reading

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2018 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops — ONvegetables

Specialty cucurbit growers may be interested in the following InfoSheet on downy mildew control strategies in cucumber crops written by Elaine Roddy, OMAFRA Vegetable Crops Specialist.  Note that not all products registered on cucumber for downy mildew are registered on all … Continue reading

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Hop Fertility Review and Guidelines for 2018

As we approach the 2018 growing season, questions regarding hop fertility are on the increase.  Looking back on 2017, there are some key fertility messages to be thinking about as we head into this year’s production cycle. With above normal … Continue reading

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership Funding for Producers, Processors and Other Businesses Now Available

Starting on April 3, 2018, producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a new five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that will support Canada’s agri-food and agri-products … Continue reading

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And the GOHCBC winners are…

Congratulations to the 6th annual Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition (GOHCBC) winners! 1st Place: Great Lakes Brewery & VQH Farms   2nd Place: Elora Brewing Company & CanAussie Farms   3rd Place: Brock Street Brewing Company & Chlodowig Farm Thank you … Continue reading

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Podcast Features Ontario Hops and a Grower’s Perspective of the Local Hop Industry

This week The Grower  is featuring a podcast with Ontario hop grower Kyle Wynette of The Tavistock Hop Company.  During the podcast, Karen Davidson asks Kyle about his thoughts on hop production, marketing, industry challenges, costs for establishment and the use … Continue reading

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