Author Archives: Evan Elford

Hop Rates for 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 growing season. The available advance rate for Ontario growers … Continue reading

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Soil Health in Ontario

New! OMAFRA has just released ‘New Horizons: Ontario’s Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy’ for public input. Click here http://www.ontario.ca/soil to access the document and for more information and provide online feedback. Draft document is posted for 60 days … Continue reading

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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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