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

 

Reason® 500SC Fungicide label expanded for management of downy mildew on basil and Brassica crops

Jim Chaput, Minor Use Coordinator

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Reason® 500SC Fungicide for control of downy mildew on basil and an amendment to update the label to include management of downy mildew on the new Brassica vegetable crop groups 5-13 and 4-13B in Canada. The head and stem Brassica vegetable group includes cabbage, napa cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli and the new Brassica leafy greens crop group includes arugula, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, collards, cress, kale, mizuna, mustard greens, etc.  Reason® Fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.
Continue reading Reason® 500SC Fungicide label expanded for management of downy mildew on basil and Brassica crops

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

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Conventions – don’t miss these sessions

The program schedule for the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is mind boggling. With over 36 different sessions and 144 different presentations, you can be forgiven for not knowing exactly where to start.

For the 2018 conference, there will be several vegetable specific sessions: IPM Strategies in Field VegetablesThe 4 C’s of Soil Health
for Vegetable Production
Specialty Root VegetablesCucurbits and Market Gardening Vegetables.

Other sessions that will be of interest to vegetable growers include: BiostimulantsFertigationHerbicide Resistance –
New Technologies
Promoting Pollinators on the FarmWash Water Handling and Does IPM Contribute to Pesticide Resistance?

The 2018 convention will also host a number of business management related sessions: Finding Money and Managing It BetterMarketing 101: Opportunities in the Digital World, and Labour Productivity on the Farm.

Ridgetown Horticulture Crops Field Research Assistants – Summer Job Posting

Job Ad: 2018 Horticulture Crop Summer Student Field Research Assistant Positions (up to 3 positions in Ridgetown)
Organization: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Male Pumpkin Flower For Pollen Analysis
Male Pumpkin Flower For Pollen Analysis

Position Title: Summer Student Field Research Assistant
Job Term: Temporary for 16 – 18 weeks
Location: Ridgetown, ON
Salary: $14.85/ hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week
Closing Date: February 2, 2018

This position will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in crop production, research or the agricultural service sector. This position will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects, and agronomy on a wide range of vegetable crops commonly grown in Ontario. Continue reading Ridgetown Horticulture Crops Field Research Assistants – Summer Job Posting

Minor Use Label Expansion – Prowl H2O for transplant tomatoes on mineral soil

Jim Chaput – OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator

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

This minor use project was submitted by Ontario as a result of minor use priorities established by growers and extension personnel.

The following is provided as an abbreviated, general outline only. Users should be making weed management decisions within a robust integrated weed management program and should consult the complete label before using Prowl® H2O Herbicide.

Crop Target Rate (L/ha) Application Information PHI (days)
Transplanted field tomatoes Labeled weeds 2.2 Apply once as a broadcast surface application prior to transplanting tomatoes 21

Prowl® H2O Herbicide is toxic to aquatic organisms and non-target terrestrial plants.  Do not apply this product or allow drift to other crops or non-target areas. Do not contaminate off-target areas or aquatic habitats when spraying or when cleaning and rinsing spray equipment or containers. In field tomatoes, do not apply Prowl® H2O Herbicide more than once in two consecutive years.

Follow all other precautions, restrictions and directions for use on the Prowl® H2O Herbicide label carefully.

For a copy of the new minor use label contact your local crop specialist, regional supply outlet or visit the PMRA label site https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/consumer-product-safety/pesticides-pest-management/registrants-applicants/tools/pesticide-label-search.html

Minor Use Label Expansion – Delegate for flea beetles on root vegetables

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a Minor Use label expansion of Delegate Insecticide for suppression of flea beetles on several root vegetables. Crops added to the label:

  • Radish
  • Horseradish
  • Oriental Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnip
  • Carrot

Delegate was already labeled for control of diamondback moth, cabbage looper and imported cabbageworm on these crops.

The following is provided as an abbreviated, general outline only. Users should consult the complete label before using Delegate Insecticide.

Crops Target Rate Max. # of Applications per year Pre-Harvest Interval (PHI)
  • Carrot
  • Radish
  • Horseradish
  • Oriental Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnip
Flea Beetles (suppression) 200 g/ha

(81 g/acre)

3 3 days

Follow all other precautions and directions for use on the Delegate label carefully.

 

Information for commercial vegetable production in Ontario