Airblast 101 teaming up with the Grower Pesticide Safety Course

Airblast 101 is teaming up with the Grower Pesticide Safety Course this year for 5 courses.  Learn about pesticide safety practices specific to airblast application, while earning your pesticide safety certification.  Sign up and receive a free copy of Airblast 101: A Handbook of Best Practices in Airblast Spraying. Continue reading

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Multicoloured Asian Lady Beetle – WANTED NOT DEAD, JUST ALIVE!

With the warm weather this week, MALB are starting to show up in higher numbers.  We are looking for sites with lots of MALB to collect for a research project (or field trial if there are enough MALB).  Continue reading

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Spray Demonstrations in Quebec

Orchard spray demonstrations on Aircheck certification and optimal spraying will be occurring in various locations in Quebec co-ordinated by Vincent Philion, IRDA. Growers from Ontario are welcome to attend.  The demonstrations will be in English and then translated into French. Grower questions will also be translated. Continue reading

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Publication 360, 2018-19 Fruit Crop Protection Guide now available from Service Ontario

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The newly revised Publication 360, Fruit Crop Protection Guide for 2018-19 is now available from Service Ontario, order no. 109188, price $20.00. Continue reading

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Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD): A problem for Ontario grapes?

SWD has been a challenge for berry growers in Ontario for several years.  In 2017, when the population increased earlier than normal, it caused losses in cherry crops.  We don’t know a lot about its impact on grapes in Ontario, but we do know that it is present in our vineyards.  Research in other grape growing regions suggests that SWD is implicated with injury to fruit, the attraction of other sour rot-bearing Drosophila species and contamination of fruit and wine.

The following are excerpts from an article written in 2016 by Jody Timer, Penn State Dept. of Entomology.  A summary of options for controlling SWD in grapes is provided at the end of the article.

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SWD Update August 31

This post contains a summary of trap counts for the week of August 27.  Please refer to previous blog posts for counts from earlier in the growing season. The regional monitoring program was conducted in berry and stone fruit crops and grapes in Essex, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Norfolk, Niagara, Wellington, Durham, Ottawa/Carleton, Stormont/Dundas/Glengarry, and Northumberland counties.

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