Reason® 500SC Fungicide label expanded for management of downy mildew on basil and Brassica crops


Jim Chaput, Minor Use Coordinator

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Reason® 500SC Fungicide for control of downy mildew on basil and an amendment to update the label to include management of downy mildew on the new Brassica vegetable crop groups 5-13 and 4-13B in Canada. The head and stem Brassica vegetable group includes cabbage, napa cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli and the new Brassica leafy greens crop group includes arugula, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, collards, cress, kale, mizuna, mustard greens, etc.  Reason® Fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

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Upcoming Ontario Biomass Producers Co-operative AGM.


This announcement might be of interest to some our blog followers.

You are cordially invited to join us at the OBPC AGM on February 6, 2018 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at the Mohawk Inn, 9230 Guelph Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

We encourage everyone who is curious about growing biomass, or would like a current update on the market assessment of the Ontario biomass industry to attend.  Members are encouraged to bring guests who are interested in the new opportunities OBPC has to offer.

This event is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with key people of the biomass industry.  Please Register for this event, and include any guests you intend to bring.

Click here for a printable meeting notice to share with friends and neighbours.


Kindest regards,

Patricia Ellingwood, OBPC Admin

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Ginseng Fertility and Pest Manager App Workshop Jan. 31, 2018

OMAFRA and OGGA are hosting a two-part workshop on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in the Simcoe Research Station Auditorium

12:00 pm    Lunch and Learn – Demonstration of the new Ginseng Pest Manager app  
1:00 pm      Ginseng fertility – An open forum
3:30 pm      Adjourn

In order to ensure we have enough food for lunch, please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 29 by email to Michelle Murphy at Please include any of your ginseng fertility related questions in your RSVP so they can be addressed in the fertility portion of the workshop.

Details of the workshop are as follows: Continue reading

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Specialty Crop Content at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Feb. 21 and 22, 2018

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) will be held February 21 and 22, 2018 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls ( This year the program features substantial specialty crop content. Here some highlights for specialty crop growers: Continue reading

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Summer Student Positions Available at the Simcoe Research Station

Organization:    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Division/Branch:   Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch
Position Title:   Student – Summer Research Assistant
Job Term:   Temporary (6 positions) for up to 18 weeks
Location:  OMAFRA Simcoe Resource Centre, Simcoe, Ontario (Norfolk County, on the north shore of Lake Erie, 2 hours southwest of Toronto)
Salary:   $14.85 / hour based on a 36.25 hour work week

Are you serious about making your mark, getting hands-on work experience and learning more about careers in the Ontario Public Service?  These positions at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Simcoe Resource Centre will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in horticulture production, research or the agricultural service sector. These positions will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects, and agronomy of the major field horticulture crops and specialty crops grown in the province. Continue reading

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Hop Rates for 2018-2019 Advanced Payments Program

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingAgriculture 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 in the 2018-2019 growing season will be $6.79/dry lb.  Hop program deadlines and rates include:

  • Advance available date: 1 April, 2018
  • Repayment deadline: 30 September, 2019
  • Advance rates: $6.79/ dry lb for ON and $4.85/ dry lb for BC 

Click here fore a link to the 2018-2019 Product Rate List and Worksheets for Ontario

The AAP “…is a federal loan guarantee program that helps crop, livestock, greenhouse and nursery landscape producers meet their financial obligations and benefit from the best market conditions by improving their cash flow throughout the year.”  The program will provide up to $400 000 advance with the first $100 000 interest free and the following $300 000 at prime interest rate.

For general information about the program and to download an application form, please visit the AAP webpage or contact ACC directly (tel: 1-888-278-8807).


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Soil Health in Ontario

OMAFRA-soil-healthNew! OMAFRA has just released ‘New Horizons: Ontario’s Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy’ for public input.

Click here to access the document and for more information and provide online feedback. Draft document is posted for 60 days to acquire final comments.

A series of public comment sessions are also taking place. Come visit in person and provide your best advice!

Open Houses
We also invite you to join us at one of our public open houses. Pre-registration is not required at these drop-in events. Participating in an open house will give you the opportunity to talk with OMAFRA soil staff, ask questions and provide input:

  1. November 22, St. Isidore Recreation Centre, 20 de l’Arena Street, St. Isidore, ON K0C 2B0 (5-9pm)
  2. November 27, Woodstock OMAFRA office, Unit 1 – 401 Lakeview Drive, Woodstock, ON. N4T 1W2 (6-9pm)
  3. November 28, Chatham area (Country View Golf Course, 25393 St. Clair Road. R. R. #1. Dover Centre, ON. N0P 1L0) (1-4pm and 6-9pm)
  4. December 14, Codrington Community Centre, 2992 Rd 30, Codrington, ON, K0K 1R0(3-6pm)
  5. December 15, Flesherton KinPlex, 2 Highland Dr., Flesherton N0C 1E0 (3:15-5:30 pm)
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