Janice LeBoeuf, OMAFRA Vegetable Crop Specialist, Ridgetown
Healthy and hardy transplants are a critical part of a successful season. When field planting is delayed by rain, rain, rain, or cold weather and plug transplants must be held, it is important to monitor them closely to maintain plant health and vigour.
Plug transplants can be held in the greenhouse but if already shipped to the field grower, can be stored outside, in an area that receives direct sunlight and is sheltered from the wind. The racks should be elevated to prevent root growth through the bottom of the plugs. If there is a risk of frost, be sure to bring the transplants inside – to a building, a shed, or a greenhouse/hoophouse, if you have one available. Plants should not generally be stored in an enclosed trailer or building for more than 1 or 2 days, as this may result in very soft, elongated plants, especially in crops such as tomatoes. Continue reading Holding Vegetable Plug Transplants
These workshops are available for those who will be scouting horticultural crops this year.
To register, please contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.
Planning is underway for the scout training workshop for hops. Details will be provided soon.
Introduction to IPM
- May 2, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Conference Rm 1, 2 and 3, 1st Floor,1 Stone Rd. West, Guelph
- Workshop Leader: Denise Beaton
- Notes: Lunch on your own. Handouts provided. Pay parking ($12/day).
VEGETABLE CROPS Continue reading OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops for 2017
The 2017 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention is coming up Feb. 22-23 in Niagara Falls. Here’s the lineup for the Field Vegetable sessions, followed by highlights of some other sessions that may be of interest to those in the vegetable business.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Room 201-202 (2nd Floor)
9:30 No-Till and Cover Crops for Pumpkin and Squash Production
Dr. Ajay Nair, Iowa State University, USA
10:00 Urban Agriculture: An Ohio Perspective
Jacqueline Kowalski, Ohio State University Extension, USA Continue reading Field Vegetable Program – Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention
The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is currently preparing a response to PMRA’s proposed re-evaluation decision on imidacloprid and other neonicotinoid use (example products: Admire, Intercept, Genesis, Gaucho). To ensure an effective response, CHC requests feedback from growers on their use of these pesticides. Each survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, and can be saved and continued at any time prior to the deadline. Submission deadline: February 6, 2017. Continue reading Growers requested to complete survey on neonic use
From sprayers101.com. By Jason Deveau, OMAFRA.
Sprayer operators recognize the importance of matching their sprayer settings to the crop to optimize efficacy. For example, spraying a protective fungicide in field tomato should require a different approach from spraying a locally systemic insecticide in staked peppers. Knowing this, many operators make ad hoc changes and then wait to “see if it worked”. A process is required that empowers the operator to make systematic changes to their program and assess coverage immediately. Continue reading How to assess spray coverage in vegetable crops