Fruit Production Information now Online

Soil management, fertilizer use, crop nutrition, cover crops for fruit production, thinning of tree fruit and plant growth regulator information for fruit crops now online.

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Un-Conventional Thinking Workshop – presentations available

Click on the each link below to access a pdf of the presentations from the Un-Conventional Thinking  Workshop held on March 29 in Vineland. Continue reading

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2018 OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops

The following FREE workshops are available for those who will be scouting horticultural crops this year or looking to refresh their IPM knowledge. Continue reading

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Quick Tests for Herbicide Resistant Weeds

Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Management Specialist

Herbicide resistant weeds are not a novelty anymore, they are the norm.  New cases of confirmed and suspected weed resistance to herbicides are steadily reported in all crops and cases of multiple resistances (weed biotypes resistant to more than one group of herbicides) are becoming more common.

 We hear about glyphosate resistant weeds in field crops regularly. Fruit and vegetable crops are not spared from this epidemic.  From my perspective, resistant weeds are an even more pressing issue in fruit and vegetable crops because there are far fewer herbicides available and resistance management can very quickly translate into costly hand weeding. Continue reading

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program!

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Have you developed and implemented a unique product or process that helps foster innovation in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector?  If so, you could be eligible to receive one of the following awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program: Continue reading

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership Funding for Producers, Processors and Other Businesses Now Available

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cap_banner3-engStarting on April 3, 2018, producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a new five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that will support Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Businesses can apply for funding to support projects in three key priority areas:
• Economic development in the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sectors;
• Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health; and
• Protection and assurance in food safety and plant and animal health.

Producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding from April 3 to May 8, 2018. Program details, including how to apply, program guides and application forms are now available online at: ontario.ca/agpartnership.

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Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention 2018 Presentations are now Available Online

The presentation slide decks from the 2018 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention  (OFVC) are now posted online. Continue reading

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