I worked for OMAFRA as a summer student for two years, which involved scouting cole and root crops across southern Ontario and developing pest identification keys for Ontario CropIPM, OMAFRA’s integrated pest management (IPM) computer assisted training tool. Always excited to learn new things, I will be involved in numerous commodities. I will be mainly dealing with brassicas, root, bulb and leafy green crops while contributing to some work in cucurbits, sweet corn, peas, beans, and asparagus. I am interested in hearing about the 2010 season. Contact me to let me know your challenges and successes of 2010 and objectives for 2011.
Ads are appearing in some farm papers promoting fall application of “protected” forms of nitrogen (N), which has led to questions about whether this is a good idea. Fall applied N is a common practice in the western half of the corn belt, and in the prairies, where the cold over winter tends to be consistent so N applied as ammonium will stay in that form, and where there isn’t much excess moisture around (most years) to leach the N out of the soil profile before crop uptake the next spring. If temperatures warm up in the fall, or in the early spring, then the ammonium can convert to nitrate, which is then subject to losses through leaching or denitrification during the spring before the crop is there to absorb the N out of the soil. These variable fall and winter conditions are much more common in Ontario than in the prairies. This means that the amount of fall applied N that remains in the soil available to a following crop ranges from 100% (rarely) to 0% (frequently). Continue reading Can I apply nitrogen in the fall?→
The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors Association (OF&VPA) are continuing with a bursary fund to support and encourage individuals pursuing a career in any aspect of the processing vegetable industry. These organizations are working together to ensure that there are new individuals who will have the interest, skills and abilities to further develop and grow this sector of Ontario’s agri-food economy. Continue reading Ontario processing vegetable industry bursaries available→