Reposted from http://sprayers101.com/drop-arms-improve-spray-coverage-on-field-peppers/

Victoria Radauskas, OMAFRA

Field pepper in Southern Ontario in mid-July

Field pepper in Southern Ontario in mid-July

A farm supplier contacted us in early July on behalf of a client with a history of disease control issues in his field pepper operation. He wanted us to calibrate their sprayer and diagnose spray coverage to see if there was room for improvement. Coverage doesn’t equal efficacy, but it’s generally a reliable indicator. When we arrived at the field the winds were gusting over 15 km/h, which had the potential to create a massive drift issue. We were only spraying water, so it was decided that if we managed decent coverage in those conditions, there would be no need to worry on an acceptable spray day. Continue Reading »

Originally posted on onspecialtycrops:

Many specialty crop growers rely on importing propagation materials because of a lack of local propagators or seed suppliers. In addition, many cultivars of traditional crops may only be available outside of Canada. Importing seeds and plants for propagation carries a lot of risks. The plant material could carry insects and diseases that are not currently present in Ontario. Importing diseased material could put the entire Ontario industry permanently at risk. These diseases could then spread to other crops as well.  In addition, new plant species could be invasive in Ontario and destroy native habitats once released here.

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The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors Association (OF&VPA) are continuing with a bursary fund to support and encourage individuals pursuing a career in any aspect of the processing vegetable industry. These organizations are working together to ensure that there are new individuals who will have the interest, skills and abilities to further develop and grow this sector of Ontario’s agri-food economy. Continue Reading »

Article originally from HortMatters, Vol. 15, Issue No. 15, 15 July 2015

Did you know that a new research project on Cabbage Maggot in vegetable brassicas has just begun? The project pulls together a team to learn about the flies, Delia flies, which cause the pest known as Cabbage Maggot.Cabbage Maggot_larva 2 Continue Reading »

Originally posted on onspecialtycrops:

Basil downy mildew has been reported from a basil field in southwestern Ontario. Initial infection probably occurred within the last 2 weeks. Over the past five years, the average first report has been around August 1. Conventional basil growers should be applying preventative fungicides on a regular basis. Torrent, Revus and Confine Extra are registered for control of basil downy mildew. These should be applied in a rotation to prevent the development of resistance. Consult to product label for detailed application instructions. Products registered for herbs are listed in the Vegetable Crop Protection Guide – OMAFRA Publication 838.

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We talk a lot about the stink bugs that damage crops: brown stink bugs, green stink bugs, and the new invader with the long name, the brown marmorated stink bug. It’s great to be reminded sometimes that there are good bugs out there, too.

I recently noticed a Colorado potato beetle larvae dangling from an eggplant leaf. On closer inspection, I discovered why.

Spined soldier bug feeding on CPB larva

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Thursday, August 20
HJV Equipment
5900 Simcoe Rd 10, Alliston


Starts at 3:00 p.m.

  • Display of Potato Equipment:
    • New two and three row Spudnik Airsep Harvesters plus other cutting-edge potato equipment
  • Display of New Potato Varieties
  • Trade Show
  • Off site Herbert Washline demo early in the afternoon. If interested, call HJV at 705-435-3226 or toll free 877-458-3276

5:30 p.m. BBQ Continue Reading »


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