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Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business

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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.

course splash screensTake 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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New Vegetable and Fruit Washwater Treatment Manual – Publication 854

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In a packing facility, water is used to move, cool and wash vegetables and fruits. This water must be managed in a way that promotes environmental stewardship and ensures compliance with food safety and environmental regulations.

The manual provides vegetable and fruit packers with a strategy to select and manage washwater treatment equipment based on a water management plan. It also shows why good washwater management on the farm or at the packing facility is important.

Click on the cover above or follow the link below to view the manual.

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub854/pub854toc.html

 

Nozzle choice in vegetable crops – an Australian perspective

Here is a great article on sprayers101.com about spray nozzle selection in vegetable crops.

During my many years of work in the Australian vegetable and horticultural industry, I am continually asked:

What is the best spray unit to use?

My answer is quite simple:

The one that has been correctly set up and matched to the crop you are spraying.

That can be hard to achieve, especially in vegetable crops where the target can vary enormously from bare ground to upright leaf crops (e.g. onions), to horizontal leaf crops (e.g. potato and brassica).

Generally, I have found that air-assist booms offer the best starting point for achieving good spray coverage of vegetable crops. However, like any spray boom, they must be set up correctly. Air-assist booms are more expensive and require a few more horses to operate, which is why most Australian vegetable growers prefer to make do with a non air-assist boom.

So, if air-assist isn’t an option, it then becomes imperative to determine the most suitable nozzles for their particular requirements. I have worked in many vegetable crops over the years. I’ve held my share of “fluorescent dye nights” and checked spray coverage and canopy penetration with many grower groups. Based on my experience, there are three types of nozzles I recommend for most vegetable crops:

Read more here:

http://sprayers101.com/nozzle-choice-in-vegetable-crops-an-australian-perspective/

 

New, free soil health publications

Soil health in OntarioThe Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is rolling out a total of 21 new soil health publications. These publications provide best management practices to help you preserve and conserve soil while improving soil health and crop production.

Check out these five new titles on our Soil Health in Ontario web page:

  • Adding Organic Amendments
  • Erosion Control Structures
  • Cropland Retirement
  • Soil Health in Ontario
  • Field Windbreaks

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Potato Insects – Insecticide Activity Table

Here is a quick reference guide for insecticides registered on potatoes in Ontario. Use it as a guide only, always refer back to the label. Remember to rotate insecticide groups for resistance management.

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Printable Potato Insecticide Activity Table

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Resources on weed management

Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Specialist – Horticulture

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weedinfo.caWeedinfo.ca: If you are trying to identify a weed, find the newest information on herbicide resistance and other emerging issues in weed management you need to visit weedinfo.ca.

Provincial Weed Page: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/insects/weeds.html

Ontario Crop IPM: Know how and why it is important to scout and identify weeds, as well as diagnose herbicide injury. Continue reading Resources on weed management