2019 Eastern Ontario Hop Field Day – We Want to Hear From You!

The first 2019 seasonal hop workshop will be taking place on June 18 at the MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co., 1915 County Rd. 22, Bath, Ontario (Rain date: June 20 5:30-7:00 pm).

OMAFRA specialists Melanie Filotas and Evan Elford will be on hand for the in-field workshop related to seasonal pest management and production issues in hops.

We’d like to hear from you in advance of the workshop!

What are the seasonal production or pest management issues you’re facing this year or would like to discuss/learn more about?

Have your say in the survey below! Continue reading

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Fumigation Best Practices for Ginseng

This is the time of year ginseng growers prepare new land for fumigation. Based on the numerous trials OGGA and OMAFRA have conducted over the past 8 years on fumigation, proper preparation and sealing of the fumigant into the soil appears essential for efficacy of the fumigants against nematodes and soil-borne pathogens. Here are some best practices to think about while you are getting ready for fumigation. Continue reading

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Additional hop field workshop added for 2019

A third in-field hop workshop is now available for the 2019 season. Hop growers are invited to attend any of the following three field workshops being offered by OMAFRA specialists. To register for any of these sessions, contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or by email at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.  Please note that these sessions will be cancelled if the minimum registration numbers are not reached by the deadline. Continue reading

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Hazelnut Sprayer Workshop – Registration deadline extended

There are still a few spots available for next week’s Hazelnut Sprayer Optimization Workshop being held at the Simcoe Research Station next Tuesday, May 28 (rain date May 29).  This session will consist of a 75 minute in-class session and a 1.5 hour in-field demonstration outlining how to calibrate sprayers to achieve good coverage for young versus mature hazelnuts.  Lunch will be provided to allow for informal follow-up discussion with OMAFRA specialists. Registration is required for this event.  To register for this event, contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or by email at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

The deadline for registration is Monday May 27 at 9 am, or when the maximum number of registrants has been reached.  

For more information:

Hazelnut Sprayer Optimization Workshop

Date: Tuesday May 28, 2019, 9:00 am-1 pm (Rain date May 29 9:00 am – 1 pm)

Location: Simcoe-OMAFRA Resource Centre (meet in Auditorium)

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Fertility Guidelines for Haskap Grown in Ontario

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There are currently no Ontario fertility recommendations for haskap. The following tables for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K) and lime applications are guidelines only and are provided for reference based on similar common crops and published research on haskap in other jurisdictions (note: lime, phosphorus and potassium should always be applied according to a soil test).

Nitrogen (N):

Apply fertilizer in split applications starting just prior to bud break continuing to mid-July or at the end of fruiting with no more than 25 kg N/ha in any one application. Refer to Table 1 for season total nitrogen application guidelines for haskaps based on plant density and age. Continue reading

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Herbicide resistance testing available for horticulture growers

Growers struggling with weed control failures now have the option to determine whether it’s due to herbicide resistance. A team of researchers across Canada are offering testing of suspect weeds for resistance.  These links provide more information on the project and how to get weeds tested: Resistant weed testing is available for horticulture growers If…

Source: Herbicide resistance testing available for horticulture growers

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Managing Winter-Damaged Lavender

This past winter has resulted in significant damage to most lavender cultivars of both Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula x intermedia (lavandins). Even plants that had row cover on them had damage. The damage to the top of plants is most likely due to the bitter cold and winds at the end of January. It appears the wind went right through the row covers and also would have blown any snow cover off of the top of plants. This resulted in dead patches that face the prevailing north or northwest winds (Figure 1). Continue reading

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