Potato module now available on Ontario Crop IPM

A potato IPM training module has been launched and can be found on the Ontario CropIPM website here: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/IPM/english/index.html

The module is a great educational tool with information for the common insect pests, diseases, viruses and disorders of potatoes in Ontario. For each pest or disease, summarized information can be found in the Beginner tab and more detailed information can be found under the Advanced tab. In the “often confused with” section of the entries you can view side-by-side photos of insects/disease/disorders that cause similar symptoms. You can also find more information on soil diagnostics, weed identification, herbicide injury,  and links to additional resources.

Make sure to bookmark the page today and use it as a resource for any IPM and pest related issues on potatoes. Continue reading Potato module now available on Ontario Crop IPM

Tax Credit for Ontario Farmers who Donate Fresh Food

Established in 2014, the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers, gives farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate. Community food programs, like the student nutrition program, also benefit by receiving more fresh local food for distribution to Ontario families.

This credit helps to ensure that more locally grown food ends up on people’s plates, and that includes the people who need it most in our communities.

To get the credit, you must: Continue reading Tax Credit for Ontario Farmers who Donate Fresh Food

Developing an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy for Ontario

From the OMAFRA Ag Business Update

SoilThe Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is developing an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. Specifically, OMAFRA is seeking feedback on a Discussion Document that outlines a draft vision, goals and objectives for the strategy.

Healthy agricultural soils are essential in order to ensure ongoing productivity and competitiveness in Ontario’s agri-food sector as well as food security for the province and the world. Both security of food supply and nutritional quality of foods can, in part, be influenced by soil health. Continue reading Developing an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy for Ontario

The Anniversary Tour Featuring…Crop Research at Ridgetown Campus, U of G

Hosted by OMAFRA & Ridgetown Campus – University of Guelph

Wednesday September 14th, 2016

Gosnell Line and Ridgetown Campus
• No cost • No preregistration required
Join the plot tour either in the afternoon or evening Continue reading The Anniversary Tour Featuring…Crop Research at Ridgetown Campus, U of G

Tomato fruit rots

There are many potential causes of fruit rot in tomato. In processing crops, we often see them when crop maturity is getting ahead of harvest.

Anthracnose

Anthracnose on tomatoThe most important fact to know about anthracnose fruit rot of tomato is that while symptoms appear only on ripe fruit, infections can be initiated on green fruit (you can’t see those infections). Fungicide programs must begin early enough to prevent the initial infection of green fruit. You can’t spray away an infection that’s already happened.

Black mold (alternaria)

Black mold (alternaria) on tomato fruitOverripe tomato fruit may develop black mold caused by Alternaria alternata. Symptoms can range from small, dark blotches to large sunken areas Lesions may develop soft, black fungal growth in warm, humid weather. Black fungal growth may also develop on existing wounds or lesions. Continue reading Tomato fruit rots

Information for commercial vegetable production in Ontario