Thursday, 30th October 2014

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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.

Originally posted on onspecialtycrops:

Specialty crop growers may be interested in entering Farm & Food Care’s Farm Invention Challenge.

The competition has two main categories with a total of $9 000 in cash prizes.

Competition information as outlined on the Farm & Food Care Ontario website (as of 30 Sept 2014):

A. Animal Care
Large farm gadgets and gizmos – Whether it`s welding up a new attachment for your skid steer or designing a whole new feeding system, share with us your large scale farm innovations.
Small farm gadgets and gizmos – Have you ever fixed something with a rubber band or used a cotter pin in an unusual way? We want to hear about the simple fixes that have revolutionized animal care on your farm.
Farm hacks – Tell us how you have made simple changes around your barn to save time and headaches on your farm.

B. Water Efficiency & Quality

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Cover crops have a lot of places where they can fit in horticultural crop rotations.

  • Before late planted crops like pumpkins to provide weed suppression.
  • After early harvested crops like peas or snap beans to cover and protect the soil while enhancing soil structure.
  • After winter wheat to suppress resistant weeds in the rotation or as a part of the overall crop rotation to suppress nematodes in preparation for planting strawberries.

Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide

Looking for more details on how a cover crop can fit, herbicide concerns, or the basics on a particular cover crop species? There is an improved version of the Purdue Midwest Cover Crop Field Guide available now. The pocket guide, released September 22, is produced by Purdue University and the Midwest Cover Crops Council. The first cover crop guide was released in February 2012. The updated guide is in response to the increasing interest in cover crops in the Midwest and to requests for additional information. Continue Reading »

Sumagic label update

Valent Canada, Inc. has received approval for an update to the Sumagic Plant Growth Regulator label for Canada.

The label has been updated to remove the restriction on use in greenhouses with soil floors consisting of sand or sandy loam soil.

The updated label also includes additional statements on avoiding contamination of ground and surface water.

For copies of the updated label, contact Janice LeBoeuf, OMAFRA at janice.leboeuf@ontario.ca or 519-674-1699 or see the Valent Canada website.


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