The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention will be held on February 18-19, 2015 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Information about the conference can be found at http://www.ofvc.ca/.

Field Vegetable Program

Wednesday, February 18 (morning)


9:00 am Bacterial leaf spot pumpkins/squash, Elaine Roddy, OMAFRA

10:00 Tomato diseases, Cheryl Trueman, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

11:00 Integrating Contans into white mold management systems on vegetable farms, Alex Stone, Oregon State University

Wednesday, February 18 (afternoon)

Sweet Corn

2:00 New Research on Rust, Cheryl Trueman, University of Guelph, Ridgetown

2:30 New control tactics for changing insect pressure in sweet corn, Tony Shelton, Cornell University

3:00 Problem weeds workshop, Dave Bilyea, University of Guelph, Ridgetown

Thursday, February 19 (morning)

VegConnect: An information tradeshow for all vegetable businesses

• Drop in to speak with researchers, OMAFRA specialists and other key industry resources.
• Come with your own ideas or questions and explore a wide array new opportunities and key business decisions

Registration information for the convention is at http://www.ofvc.ca/pricingA.html. The full schedule will be posted on the OFVC website soon.

Ever wondered about turning your fruit into jam? Ever dreamed about making gourmet ready-to-eat meals with your produce?

Take the free OMAFRA course, Exploring Value Added Opportunities, to learn whether adding value to your products and services is right for your business.

Course Description

Participants will learn how to generate ideas for value-added opportunities, assess an idea’s business potential, identify and manage risk and develop a plan to execute their idea. Continue Reading »

A new factsheet within the Sustainable Crop Protection series from the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pest Management Centre is now available: A web-based cover crop decision tool for growers in Eastern Canada (pdf).

You can also go directly to the Cover Crop Selector Tool.

Cover Crop Decision Tool for Eastern Canada

Cover Crop Decision Tool for Eastern Canada

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SoilSmart 2015

FarmSmart Agricultural Conference presents SoilSmart 2015

Friday January 23rd
RIM Park, Manulife Financial Sportsplex, Forbes Hall
2001 University Ave E., Waterloo, ON

A full day in-depth focus on soil health to support viable and responsible crop production now and in the future:

  • Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist, USDA-NRCS, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  • Jeff Rasawehr, Farmer, Briminghan, MI, USA
  • Bill Deen, Prof. of Cropping Systems, UofGuelph, Guelph, ON

OSCIA members $75; Non-members $110 (includes 1 year membership)!

Registration closes January 21st, 2015! Pre-registration only, NO WALK-INS!

Information and Registration @ www.farmsmartconference.com

For details see SoilSmart Program 2015 (pdf).

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 »


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