Category Archives: All Specialty Crops

Weeds to Watch: Invasive Pigweeds – Waterhemp and Palmer Amaranth

By: Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Management Specialist – Horticulture Dave Bilyea, Weed Management – Horticulture, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus The first line of defense against waterhemp and palmer amaranth is proper identification.  It is EXTREMELY difficult to identify waterhemp … Continue reading

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Irrigation Water Quality and Mitigating Food Safety Risks

By Rebecca Shortt, Kathryn Carter, and Danielle Visschedyk, OMAFRA Irrigation water can contain pathogens, microorganisms that cause illness or death in humans.  Every time contaminated water comes in direct contact with fruit or vegetables, there is a risk that these … Continue reading

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Register now! IPM Training for Hazelnuts, Hops and Ginseng

OMAFRA’s FREE integrated pest managment training workshops begin this week and run over the next few weeks.  A full list of workshops is included below, and include a number that are relevant to specialty crop growers.  Scout training kicks off … 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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Notes from the 2018 Cannabis Cultivation Conference

I recently attended a conference in Oakland, CA that was focused on the cultivation of medical and recreational cannabis.  The covered topics included integrated pest management, fertility, drying and curing and facility design.  In general, the legal cannabis industry in … 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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Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business

from Jenny Huynh, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Officer, OMAFRA: Are you interested in developing a strong business and growing your success? Sign up for free agri-food online courses and — for a limited time — free in-person workshops. Take advantage … Continue reading

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