Tomato Day 2016

District 1 of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers and OMAFRA present…….

The 40th Annual Tomato Day

Friday, March 4, 2016     8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Roma Club, 19 Seacliff Drive E., Leamington, ON

Admission: $30 (includes educational program, trade show, hot lunch).
No preregistration required.

8:00 am Registration, refreshments and trade show
8:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks, Ron Van Damme, OPVG District 1 Chair
8:40 am GLASI – A New Program With New Opportunities For Your Farm!, Margaret May, Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
9:00 am Building Better Soil Health for Production – what Michigan Potato Growers have learned, George Bird, Michigan State University
10:15 am Weed Management, Darren Robinson, Ridgetown Campus – University of Guelph
11:00 am Phosphorus – Science And Solutions, Deanna Németh, OMAFRA
11:30 am Phosphorus and Soil Health for Ontario Tomato Producers – a new project, Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA
11:40 am Spray Penetration – Helping it Sink In, Jason Deveau, OMAFRA
12:00 pm Tomato Update, OPVG

CCA Continuing Education Credits have been applied for.

Special thanks to our sponsor for coffee and donuts: Setteringtons Fertilizer Ltd.

Soil Health Roadshow

Improving soil, protecting the Great Lakes and building your bottom line.Soil Health Roadshow

Six days. Six locations.

Elmwood (Mar. 1). Brodhagen (Mar. 2). Delhi (Mar. 3). Parkhill (Mar. 8). Thamesville (Mar. 9). Leamington (Mar. 10).

Free workshop 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, includes lunch. Continue Reading »

Thinking Phosphorus

Do you know your phosphorus index? The phosphorus index is used as a means to address the risk of surface water environmental concerns resulting from phosphorus.

OMAFRA factsheet “Determining the Phosphorus Index for a Field”:  http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/05-067.htm

The Phosphorus (P) Index is used in Ontario to:

  • rank the relative risk of surface water contamination resulting from phosphorus application on crop land
  • select management strategies that can be used to reduce this risk
  • determine the distance that phosphorus applications must be set back from surface water
  • set restrictions on rates of phosphorus applied to a field

If you have a nutrient management plan, you will already be familiar with the phosphorus index. For those who don’t have a nutrient management plan, it’s a good tool to help manage your phosphorus. Give it a try!

Want more on phosphorus? Try the BMP quiz!

There are 4 different sessions of vegetable-specific programming at the 2016 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

  • Specialty Vegetables – 9:30 to 11:30 am
    Chair: Valerio Primomo, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
  • Vegetables – 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    Chair: Janice LeBoeuf, OMAFRA

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Other sessions of interest to vegetable growers include:

  • Business – growth and planning for the future
  • Food Safety
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Soil Health and Organic Matter
  • Farmer’s Markets Ontario
  • Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association

For a full program schedule and registration information, visit ofvc.ca or call 905.945.5363



Bigger isn’t always better in the eyes of one businessman.

Why did we decide to focus on local? Because it’s difficult for the big players to do.” That’s the business strategy used by Jim Beveridge of B&H Your Community Grocer, an independent retailer in Kemptville.  His grocery store uses its small size to its advantage in the David and Goliath struggle for market share and sales.

Grocery retailers, chefs, and other food buyers are looking for local product and they want to buy local  says Jessica Kelly, a direct farm marketing specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  “Yet, when it comes to buying from farmers and small food processors, they say there’s often a gap between what they need, when they need it, and how they do business” she adds.

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Best Management Practices for PhosphorusHave you got any of the OMAFRA BMP books on your shelf? Have you picked one up somewhere and have been meaning to look through it? I just spent a few minutes looking at Best Management Practices for Phosphorus (only 8 pages!) and Best Management Practices for Reducing Phosphorus from Agricultural Sources (A Phosphorus Primer).

No doubt that they are topical resources. For one thing, you might be interested in a stewardship project on your farm to reduce phosphorus loss. If you are in the Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, or Lake Huron southeast shores watersheds, you might be accessing Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) funding. Phosphorus, whether agricultural or from other sources has been making the news regularly. Maybe you get asked about phosphorus or algae blooms by non-farmers.

Here’s a quick pop up quiz on some information from these publications, to inspire you to read more and to see what else you can do on your farm. Continue Reading »

What are Ontario’s Worst Weeds????
Ontarios worst weeds survey

Your input will help decide.
Results of this survey will highlight weed trends and concerns in Ontario.
Your participation is appreciated. Continue Reading »


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