Tag Archives: Specialty Berries

Not All Mildews Are Created Equal!

By Sean Westerveld and Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA Over the last few weeks we have had a number of questions about “mildew”.  Mildew can refer to either downy or powdery mildew, and it seems that some growers have been confusing the … Continue reading

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Spotted wing drosophila and specialty berries

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is an invasive vinegar fly that has rapidly spread across much of North America.  First observed in Ontario in 2010 and now widespread in all fruit growing regions of the province, this insect has become quite familiar … Continue reading

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Sea Buckthorn: A Nutritional Powerhouse

The start of the sea buckthorn harvest is upon us.  If you are not familiar with this fruit, you may be interested to know that it has been called “an all-in-one phyto-medicinal cabinet”1.  Sea buckthorn has been used for thousands … Continue reading

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Haskap Update (Ripening and Bird Netting): June 9, 2014

Ripening: Haskaps have been ripening in southern Ontario over the last two weeks.  Although much of the fruit has turned colour within the last 7 days (since June 2), be aware that berries are most likely not ready for harvest.   … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Reduce Off-Target Drift

By Dr. Jason S.T. Deveau, Application Technology Specialist, OMAF and MRA; Tara Wiedeman, Summer Research Assistant, OMAF and MRA There is no excuse for off-target herbicide drift because the spray operator can reduce the potential impact using these methods: Apparent wind speed (i.e. … Continue reading

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Low Acreage and Specialty Crop Priority Process, 2014

The 2014 research priority setting process is underway. Ontario low-acreage and specialty crop growers are encouraged to provide feedback at the link below to ensure the needs of this industry are captured in research programs. A list of priorities from all … Continue reading

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Information on the USDA’s Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently hosted a webinar entitled , “An Overview of the PACA Complaint Process”.  Information on how to access this webinar and other information on this program is detailed in the message below that was sent out … Continue reading

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