Author Archives: Evan Elford

Changes to White Rice Seed Import Restrictions to Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently updated regulations for white rice (Oryza sativa) seed to allow unrestricted import into Canada for the purposes of propagation and production by commercial producers. CFIA’s Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) has been updated … Continue reading

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Hop Rates for 2020-2021 Advanced Payments Program and Other Programs Available for Ontario Hop Growers

Advanced Payments Program Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advanced Payment Program (AAP), delivered by the Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) in Ontario, has released the list of rates for storage crops (including hops) for the 2020-2021 growing season. The available advance rate … Continue reading

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Fertility Guidelines for Hops Grown in Ontario (updated Spring 2020)

There are currently no Ontario fertility recommendations for hops.  The following tables for lime, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) applications are guidelines only and are provided for reference based on similar common crops and published research on hops … Continue reading

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Kiwiberry: Recommended cultivars, verified varieties, and pruning tutorials for 2020

During the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention, Dr. Iago Hale shared updates from his kiwiberry breeding and production research at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The program has recently released a free online production guide. This year, the … Continue reading

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Haskap Pruning Basics

Evan Elford, OMAFRA New Crop Development Specialist Please click here for a printable version of this article. Pruning is an important part of bushberry management. Like many other bushberry crops, it is important to prune mature haskap plants to increase … Continue reading

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Airblast Sprayer Focus in Upcoming Grower Pesticide Safety Course

Growers operating airblast sprayers are invited to participate in a special Grower Pesticide Safety Course on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 in Ancaster, Ontario. This course will focus on Airblast information, as well as the Grower Pesticide Safety Course information.  The … Continue reading

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And the 2020 ONHops BrewOff winners are…

Congratulations to the 2020 ONHops BrewOff winners: 1st Place: Great Lakes Brewery & VQH Farms 2nd Place: Steel Wheel Brewery & The Bickle Farm – Valley Hops 3rd Place: Concession Road Brewing Co & McConkey Farms Hop Company This year’s … Continue reading

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