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Lassoing Loopers: why you NEED to care about caterpillar control

Adapted from ONfloriculture by Sarah Jandricic, Greenhouse Floriculture IPM Specialist, OMAFRA

This article was originally written for the floriculture industry, but I have adapted it, with permission, as an awareness article for vegetable growers. — Janice

Know which looper species this is? Are you SURE? If not, keep reading, as some species could get your shipments detained at the border. Photo: Steve Hatch, Bugwood.org.
Know which looper species this is? Are you SURE? If not, keep reading, as some species could get your shipments detained at the border. Photo: Steve Hatch, Bugwood.org.

At this point, most field vegetable growers are focussed on getting the crops in and juggling early season field activities. If you’re thinking about caterpillars right now, it would probably be black cutworm.  But recent alerts put out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), bring a new emphasis to caterpillar control.  Read on to understand what’s happening, and — for those with US customers — how to control occasional pests like cabbage looper, and avoid potential issues at the border. Continue reading Lassoing Loopers: why you NEED to care about caterpillar control

Samples requested for clubroot survey

By Travis Cranmer, Vegetable Crops Specialist

First appeared in ONvegetables in The Grower, April 2017.

Clubroot, caused by the soil-borne pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae can cause yellowing, stunting, wilting and club-like roots on susceptible Brassica species including broccoli, cabbage, canola and cauliflower. Clubroot causes an estimated yield loss of 10-15% in Brassica crops worldwide and in severely infested fields a 30-100% yield loss can occur. There are different races of clubroot known as pathotypes and the resistance of many cultivars is pathotype dependent.

severe clubbing, six weeks after seeding
Figure 1. Pak choy with severe clubbing, six weeks after seeding.

Continue reading Samples requested for clubroot survey

Sprayer Math for Banded Applications

Jason Deveau, Application Technology Specialist, OMAFRA

Banding allows producers to save on chemical costs, reduce the potential for wasted spray and to make targeted applications, where they are most effective. Banding can be particularly useful in fungicide applications on small seedlings or transplants.  For the mechanics (and mathematics) of banding, read more at sprayers101

Sprayer Math for Banded Applications

2016 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops

The 2016 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops contains an updated list of fungicides, including the newly registered Orondis Ultra. The restricted entry interval for Bravo has also been updated to reflect the new Bravo ZN label.

Due to the development of resistance and concerns about efficacy, Tattoo C and Presidio have been removed from the 2016 strategy. These products may provide  suppression under low risk conditions, however research results indicate that they are not sufficient controls under higher disease pressure.

For more reading:

Research Update – Fungicide Efficacy on Downy Mildew in Cucumbers

Ontario CropIPM – Downy Mildew

Angular, tan-to-brown lesions caused by cucurbit downy mildew
Cucurbit Downy Mildew


Cucumber Downy Mildew Control in a Challenging Season

Last week’s confirmation of downy mildew in both Kent and Elgin was unusually early. Recent reports have also been made in Michigan and Ohio. As a result, we are in the unfortunate situation of having to “stay ahead” of the disease this year.  Here are a few additional thoughts to help manage this aggressive disease in what appears to be a high pressure year.

  • Rotate! Research at Ridgetown Campus has shown that the “best” product does vary from year-to-year, and that all of the products have had years where they did not perform as well.  To rely on one or even two products puts the crop at risk should one of those products fail, or if resistance develops.  Use at least 3 different products from different fungicide groups.
  • If at all possible, spray BEFORE a forecast rain event.  While several of the products have a limited amount of curative properties, they all work best when used preventatively.
  • If downy mildew is present in your field, shorten the spray interval. Especially if rain is forecast in the immediate future (see above).
  • All leaf material is susceptible to downy mildew infection, even the cotyledons.  Begin a preventative program in new plantings as soon as they emerge.
  • Scout fields regularly, especially fields in which downy has not yet been identified.  And by regularly, I mean daily! The disease can progress significantly in just a few days.  I have seen fields go from “watersoaked” lesions to spore producing brown lesions in less than one day.

Ranman 400SC/Torrent 400SC

In response to the issue regarding the use of Ranman 400SC the PMRA has issued this response: “The RANMAN 400SC AGRICULTURAL FUNGICIDE (Reg. No. 30716) was recently amended to remove all uses except potatoes. With respect to product bearing the previous label,(i.e. just prior to the latest amendment), the PMRA would have no issue with this previously purchased product being used on cucumbers for the 2015 use season. Any purchase of product bearing the newly amended label however, will ‎need to be used in accordance with the new label.”

Moving forward, cucurbit growers are reminded that Torrent 400SC is now the registered formulation of cyazofamid for the control of downy mildew in this crop.

Asparagus Integrated Pest Management Webinar

Asparagus rust lesion on the base of mature fern
Asparagus Rust Lesion

Wednesday June 11, 2014
1:00-3:00 pm

This workshop is targeted towards crop scouts, however agri-business reps and growers may also enjoy a “refresher” before the peak scouting season begins.

Topics covered will include:

  • Scouting and Diagnostics
  • Insects – Identification, Biology and Management
  • Diseases – Identification, Biology and Management
  • Disorders
  • Reference Guides and Scouting Materials

Please pre-register for the webinar by contacting the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (toll free) at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca