Podcast

What’s Growing ON?

Digging up the latest dirt on Ontario horticulture production. What’s Growing ON? is hosted by Cassandra Russell and Kristy Grigg-McGuffin. This podcast features conversations with crop specialists from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs on production, pest management and other best management practices for fruit, vegetables and specialty crops.

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Have a question or a topic you would like us to cover? Email us at ONhortcrops@gmail.com

Episode 1: Garlic Scapes & Fire Blight

In our first episode, we are joined by Travis Cranmer, Vegetable Crop Specialist for alliums, brassica and leafy vegetables to introduce us to the benefits of removing garlic scapes and Katie Goldenhar, Pathologist for horticulture crops to discuss the risk of fire blight of apples and pears after bloom. Plus, Ontario crop updates for June 8th, 2020.

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Music: Aspire by Scott Holmes


Episode 2: Spotted Wing Drosophila & Weed Control in Carrots

In this episode, we are joined by Hannah Fraser, Entomologist for horticulture crops and Erica Pate, Fruit Crop Specialist for berries to introduce us to the invasive insect, spotted wing drosophila and how berry and tender fruit growers are dealing with this difficult pest. As well, we hear from Dennis Van Dyk, Vegetable Crop Specialist for root vegetables on weed control in carrots as well as some existing and emerging technologies for getting rid of those pesky weeds. Plus, Ontario crop updates for June 12th, 2020.

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Music: Aspire by Scott Holmes


Episode 3: Cucumber Beetle & Grape Set

In this episode, we are joined by Andrew C. Wylie, Vegetable Crop Specialist to get more information on striped cucumber beetle in cucurbits. As well, we hear from Kathryn Carter, Fruit Crop Specialist on factors impacting fruit set in grapes. Plus, Ontario crop updates for June 19th, 2020.

Editor’s note: Since the recording of this podcast, spotted wing drosophila has now been caught in all monitoring regions of the province. 

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Music: Aspire by Scott Holmes. 


Episode 4: Strawberry Anthracnose & Sweet Potatoes

In this episode, we are joined by Erica Pate, Fruit Crop Specialist for berries to talk weather-based models and how they can be used to manage issues like anthracnose in strawberries. And, is it a yam or sweet potato? Melanie Filotas, Horticulture IPM Specialist for specialty crops sets the record straight on Ontario sweet potato production. Plus, Ontario crop updates for July 3rd, 2020.

Editor’s note: Since the recording of this podcast, cucumber downy mildew has now been detected in Kent County, Ontario. 

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Music: Aspire by Scott Holmes.