The webinars will run on Mondays from Noon until 1pm. It is the perfect opportunity to grab some lunch, log onto the computer and access some new ideas as you plan for 2015. Great information without the travel! To attend any of the webinars, simply register by calling: 1-877-424-1300 or email ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca with a list of the dates you would like to attend. 2015-01_Next Generation IPMAbout The Speakers Meg McGrath is an Associate Professor at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center in Riverhead, NY. The goal of her research program is to improve the management of important diseases of vegetable crops. Janice LeBoeuf is a Vegetable Crops Specialist with OMAFRA in Ridgetown. Her focus is on field tomato, pepper, eggplant, table beet and sugarbeet production. Elaine Roddy is a Vegetable Crops Specialist with OMAFRA in Ridgetown. She specializes in sweet corn, legume vegetables, cucurbits and asparagus crops. Laura VanEerd is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus. Her research program focuses on vegetable crop production systems looking at soil fertility, crop rotation, and cover crops. Marion Paibomesai is a Vegetable Crops Specialist with OMAFRA in Guelph. Crops of interest include root, bulb, leafy and brassica vegetables.

UCIPM Press Release: New UC IPM photo repository shows plant damage from herbicides

Brad Hanson – January 9, 2015 – Davis, California

Identifying nontarget crop and ornamental plant damage from herbicides has become much easier, with the launch of a new online photo repository by the Statewide IPM Program, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Dr. Kassim Al-Khatib, weed science professor at UC Davis and director of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM), has gathered nearly a thousand photos of herbicide-damaged plants, drawn from his own and others’ research. The images are cataloged to show damage that can occur from 81 herbicides in more than 14 specific herbicide modes of action, applied in field to demonstrate the symptoms or when known herbicide spray has drifted onto the plant. Continue Reading »

From the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association:

Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement AssociationLooking to keep up to date on the latest food safety practices and help strengthen your Growing Forward 2 application? Join us for any or all of the food safety workshops, covering a variety of important food safety topics. All workshops are online as webinars, taken from the comfort of your home or business – all you need is an Internet and phone connection. Continue Reading »

Just launched!

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has a new series of tutorials to help you use the Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA), an online application that allows you to create custom maps and find agricultural information for Ontario. You can find the AIA link on the AgMaps Geographic Information Portal at ontario.ca/agmaps, the ministry’s single access point for geospatial data.

OMAFRA Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA)

OMAFRA Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA)

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Effective January 1, 2015 nine weeds were added and nine removed.

Effective January 1, 2015, the following nine weeds were added to the Schedule of Noxious Weeds (a regulation under the Weed Control Act):

common crupina serrated tussock wild chervil
jointed goatgrass smooth bedstraw wild parsnip
kudzu tansy ragwort woolly cupgrass

These non-native weeds were added to minimize their interference to agriculture.

In addition, effective January 1, 2015, the following nine weeds were removed from the Schedule:

black-seeded proso millet nodding thistle spp. tuberous vetchling
goat’s beard spp. Russian thistle yellow rocket
Johnson grass scotch thistle wild carrot

The weeds are being removed because they are no longer considered significant threats to agriculture and can be managed through modern management practices. These changes will help support pollinators. Continue Reading »

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)


9:30 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

9:30 am

•Drop in between 9:30 am and noon to speak with researchers, OMAFRA specialists and other key industry resources.

• Come with your own ideas or questions and explore a wide array of new opportunities and key business decisions

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

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 »


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