2019 GOHCBC Registration Now Open!

BeerLogo_2018_BASFRegistration is OPEN for the 2019 Great Ontario Hopped Craft Beer Competition!
Visit us at our new website www.onhops.ca for rules, style description, and to register online!
18 spots available – First come first served.

This year’s beer style is New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA).

Judges will adopt the developing guidelines for NEIPA from the BJCP. Entrants will be judged on the following description: 21B Specialty IPA – New England IPA (NEIPA)

The Overall Impression cites the NEIPA as…”An American IPA with intense fruit flavours and aromas, a soft body, and smooth mouthfeel, and often opaque with substantial haze. Less perceived bitterness than traditional IPAs but always massively hop forward. This emphasis on late hopping, especially dry hopping, with hops with tropical fruit qualities lends the specific ‘juicy’ character for which this style is known.”

Important New Changes: This year some new rules and changes have been implemented based on competitor feedback and ongoing administration requirements, including: Continue reading

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Lavender Crop Update – July 20, 2018

Lavandin cultivars are in full bloom across the province, while bloom of angustifolia cultivars is starting to wind down. Now is a good time to harvest angustifolias for essential oil. Bundle and bud harvest of lavandins should be winding down, while this would still be a good time to harvest fresh bundles from these cultivars.

With plants in full bloom, now is a good time to compare the size and shape of different plants and determine if some might be mislabelled or off-types. This is especially important if you intend to take cuttings from your plants later in the summer for propagation. Flag any abnormal plants so the cuttings are not mixed up later on. Most of the time when there are abnormal plants it is due to a mix-up at the propagation stage. Occasionally though, a mutant will develop with unique characteristics. Sometimes these can be a source for a new cultivar. Continue reading

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Ginseng Crop Update – Dealing with Lingering Alternaria July 18, 2018

Alternaria leaf and stem blight continues to be an issue in the ginseng industry this year. Much of the symptoms occurring now are due to damage earlier in the year, but active disease is still present in some gardens. In these gardens, hot and dry weather has contributed to the development of the disease despite repeated fungicide applications. A lack of control of the disease is usually due to one or more of these factors:

  1. The plant is stressed
  2. Spray coverage is poor
  3. The spray interval is too long for the conditions
  4. Improper choice of fungicide for the conditions

Plant Stress

The severity of the disease this year is likely due to a combination of the heat and the dry conditions causing the plant to be stressed and unable to defend against the disease. 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 pathogens may be transferred to the produce.

Regulation 119/11 section 4 states that you cannot harvest, pack, sell or transport contaminated produce. Every effort should be made to prevent contamination of produce with pathogens to ensure the safety of consumers. Continue reading

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Reminder – Hop Field Workshops

Just a reminder of the upcoming Hop Field Workshops scheduled for next Tuesday, July 17 in eastern Ontario and Thursday, July 26 in western Ontario.  Growers and industry members interested in attending the Eastern Ontario workshop are asked to register by 4 pm tomorrow, Friday, July 13, to determine if there are sufficient numbers to run the session.  For those interested in the Western Ontario workshop, please register by 4 pm Monday July 23.  A minimum of 10 registrants is required for each workshop to run.

More information on each workshop can be found below. Continue reading

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Insect pests to watch for in Ontario hops

While the continued hot, dry weather in many sections of the province has helped with downy  mildew management, weather conditions have been favourable to the development of several insect pests in many hopyards.  Growers should be actively scouting for potato leafhopper, two spotted spider mite and Japanese beetle. Continue reading

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Updated Hops Pesticide List

An updated list of pest control products registered for use on hops in Ontario can be found by clicking on the link below.  Changes from the previous list include the addition of the fungicide Luna Sensation for control of powdery mildew and the herbicide Alion for application to dormant hops for pre-emergent control of select grassy and broadleaf weeds, and adjustments to the list of potentially acceptable organic products.

Hops Pesticides 2018

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