J. Chaput, OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator, Guelph

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Royal MH-30® Xtra (maleic hydrazide) for control of sprouting of shallots in Canada. Royal MH-30® was already labeled for use on potatoes, onions and black tobacco in Canada. Continue Reading »

Thursday, 30th October 2014

No cost. Join part or all of tour. No pre-registration required.

Cover Crop Open House Hosts


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The Placebo Effect

There’s an interesting thing in pharmaceutical research about the placebo effect.  For certain classes of drugs, over 80% of the response to the drug is due to a placebo effect.  It makes me wonder if we in agriculture are susceptible to the placebo effect when it comes to crop inputs.  If you heard that your neighbours were boosting their yields by 15% by applying Product X – and you tried it – would you tend to believe you got a benefit?

If you have something in mind you want to try next season, but you don’t want to fall for the placebo effect, you’re probably thinking of doing a simple trial in your fields.  While you’re making your 2015 plans, why not plan to get the most out of your on-farm trials by following a few guidelines to ensure you get reliable, meaningful results from your extra effort? Continue Reading »

Updated October 29 with change in meeting location at Ridgetown Campus (see below).

Thursday, 30th October 2014

No cost. Join part or all of tour. No pre-registration required.

Cover Crop Open House Hosts


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You have heard lots about different cover crops that can be used after wheat?

Here is an opportunity to see cover crop plots in the fall. Have a look at soil cover, cover crop growth and development, and how the various cover crop species look.

Date Field Location Features
Wednesday October 29

9:30 am

Henry Denotter

NE corner of the McCain Side Road and Road 6W (north of Kingsville)

St Clair Region Cover crop project  with mixes of oats, radish, kale,  clover and a 2 different 6 way mixes, early & late planting
Friday October 31  10 am George and Mike Cornelissen

Corner of Sexton and Zion Line, Lambton County

St Clair Region Cover crop mixtures project , strip till, red clover

Coffee, juice and donuts provided on sites. Event goes rain or shine. Continue Reading »


Tomato Disease Workshop LogoThe Tomato Disease Workshop is a scientific meeting held annually in locations around the US and Canada.  In 2014, Ontario is the host.  The workshop will be held on November 4-6 at the Waterfront Hotel in Windsor.

The workshop serves as a venue to discuss all aspects of tomato pathogens and disease management of both field and greenhouse tomatoes. All members of the plant health community are invited to share ongoing research, disease management tactics and strategies, and address emerging issues.

Who Should Attend?
The Tomato Disease Workshop will be of interest to university researchers and students, tomato breeders, extension educators, crop consultants, tomato producers, processors, industry representatives, government regulators and anyone involved in or interested in the successful production of field or greenhouse tomatoes.

Register by October 10 for the early registration discount.  More information can be found on the workshop website.

The Call for Speakers ends on October 10, so a detailed program will be online after October 15.


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