Re-cropping after Callisto or Command?

Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Specialist – Horticulture

Callisto and Command are relatively new herbicides to various horticulture crops in Ontario.  They both cause bleaching symptoms even though Callisto is a Group 27 herbicide and Command is a Group 13.  Group 27 and Group 13 herbicides are categorized as carotenoid biosynthesis inhibitors.  Group 27 herbicides are also frequently referred to as HPPD inhibitors.  This refers to the inhibition of p-hydroxyphenyl pyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD).  The  inhibition of HPPD gives rise to bleaching symptoms on new growth.

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Command injury on tomato due to drift.

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Notice of minor use label expansion registration – Prowl H2O herbicide for cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower

Jim Chaput, Minor Use Coordinator

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Prowl® H2O Herbicide for control of labeled weeds on direct seeded or transplanted cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli grown on mineral soil in Canada. Prowl® Herbicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several weeds.
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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

 

Information for commercial vegetable production in Ontario