67th Annual Muck Vegetable Growers Conference

The 67th Annual Muck Vegetable Growers Conference will be held March 28-29 at the Bradford and District Memorial Community located at 125 Simcoe St., Bradford, ON. The conference is free and registration starts at 8:30. No pre-registration is required. For more details please see:  http://www.uoguelph.ca/muckcrop/muckconference.html

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NutrientSmart 2.0

From Ian McDonald, OMAFRA, Field Crops Unit:

Where NutrientSmart and FarmSmart in January dealt with the theory of soil management and nutrient use and management of inorganic nutrient sources, NutrientSmart 2.0 will explore the integration of organic amendments such as manures, biosolids, compost, green bin compost, and other sources into a systems approach to nutrient management planning for production in relation to soils. It will explore for both crop and livestock farmers and advisors how to source, apply, match and gain economic and environmental advantage from the use of these important and valuable sources of nutrients.

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More information and registration can be found at www.farmsmartconference.com.

Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business

From Jenny Huynh, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Officer, OMAFRA:

Are you interested in developing a strong business and growing your success? Sign up for free agri-food online courses and — for a limited time — free in-person workshops.

Take advantage of the courses to sharpen your competitive edge by gaining skills and knowledge in farm business practices, food safety and traceability. These courses will provide you with foundational information to:

  • reduce risks to your business and customers;
  • improve efficiencies; and
  • access new markets.

You can explore the options that best suit your schedule and learning style.

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In-person workshops and webinars

These courses for producers are offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA):

  • Environmental Farm Plan (workshops)
  • Growing Your Farm Profits (workshops)
  • Biosecurity (workshops)
  • Food Safety (workshops and webinars)
  • Traceability (workshops)

To sign up, go to www.ontariosoilcrop.org. In-person workshops will wrap up during March.

Online courses

E-learning courses are available on Agriculture and Food Education website.

For producers:

  • Water Use
  • Worker Practices
  • Maximizing Your Traceability Investment
  • Growing Your Farm Profits
  • The Basics of Traceability
  • Food Safety Foundations

For processors:

  • Sanitation
  • Recall
  • Personnel
  • Profiting from Traceability
  • The Basics of Traceability
  • Food Safety Foundations

To sign up, go to www.agandfoodeducation.ca.

AAFC Potato Variety Release Open House

Any potato grower interested in new potato varieties for fresh, specialty, french fry or chip are invited to the AAFC potato variety release open house:

Wednesday, February 14
95 Stone Road (Lab Services Building)
Guelph, ON
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

More information on how the process works can be found HERE

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Vanessa Currie (vcurrie@uoguelph.ca) 519-824-4120 ext 56160

Variety viewing begins at 11:00 with a free lunch and a short session of informative presentations. The schedule for the speakers can be found below. schedule


Reason® 500SC Fungicide label expanded for management of downy mildew on basil and Brassica crops

Jim Chaput, Minor Use Coordinator

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Reason® 500SC Fungicide for control of downy mildew on basil and an amendment to update the label to include management of downy mildew on the new Brassica vegetable crop groups 5-13 and 4-13B in Canada. The head and stem Brassica vegetable group includes cabbage, napa cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli and the new Brassica leafy greens crop group includes arugula, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, collards, cress, kale, mizuna, mustard greens, etc.  Reason® Fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.
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Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Conventions – don’t miss these sessions

The program schedule for the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is mind boggling. With over 36 different sessions and 144 different presentations, you can be forgiven for not knowing exactly where to start.

For the 2018 conference, there will be several vegetable specific sessions: IPM Strategies in Field VegetablesThe 4 C’s of Soil Health
for Vegetable Production
Specialty Root VegetablesCucurbits and Market Gardening Vegetables.

Other sessions that will be of interest to vegetable growers include: BiostimulantsFertigationHerbicide Resistance –
New Technologies
Promoting Pollinators on the FarmWash Water Handling and Does IPM Contribute to Pesticide Resistance?

The 2018 convention will also host a number of business management related sessions: Finding Money and Managing It BetterMarketing 101: Opportunities in the Digital World, and Labour Productivity on the Farm.

Information for commercial vegetable production in Ontario