Field peppers are susceptible to a number of pests and disorders that can lead to fruit rots. This can make managing rots quite difficult. This article outlines some key points to understand about the variety of pests, disorders, and contributing factors that lead to fruit rots. Continue reading Pepper fruit rots
These workshops are available for those who will be scouting horticultural crops this year.
To register, please contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.
Planning is underway for the scout training workshop for hops. Details will be provided soon.
Introduction to IPM
- May 2, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Conference Rm 1, 2 and 3, 1st Floor,1 Stone Rd. West, Guelph
- Workshop Leader: Denise Beaton
- Notes: Lunch on your own. Handouts provided. Pay parking ($12/day).
VEGETABLE CROPS Continue reading OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops for 2017
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
Most growers are familiar with blossom-end rot in tomatoes, but it can look very different from fruit to fruit. The most unusual is probably internal blossom-end rot. This shows no external symptoms (or very subtle symptoms), but there is a large black area inside the fruit. In peppers, blossom-end rot often shows up on the side of the fruit, rather than the end. Below are some photos of blossom-end rot (BER) in tomatoes and peppers. Continue reading Blossom-end rot of tomato and pepper
Micronutrients play an essential role in vegetable crop production. However, planning a fertilizer strategy involving micronutrients can be difficult. Micronutrient fertilizers are often expensive and, depending on the element, the actual return on your investment is not always obvious. The fear of a shortfall often outweighs the actual potential for deficiencies.
Continue reading Micronutrient Fertilizer Programs
Winter is a great time to catch up on reading. In the era of electronic communication, there is no end to the resources available at our finger tips. Although sometimes it is very easy to get side tracked by totally unrelated (albeit interesting) topics. The OMAFRA Vegetable Team members have compiled the following list of “good reads”. Simply visit http://bit.ly/News4Veg and click on the newsletter of your choice.