Update- Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, July 13, 2018

Update- Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, July 13, 2018

This year we are conducting a regional monitoring program in berry and stone fruit crops and grapes including Essex, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Norfolk, Wellington, Niagara, Durham, Ottawa/Carleton, Stormont, Dundas and Glengary (SDG) and Northumberland counties.  This post contains a summary of trap counts since May 28, 2018, updated July 13.  The chart will be updated weekly.

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Irrigation Water Quality and Mitigating Food Safety Risks

By Rebecca Shortt, Kathryn Carter, and Danielle Visschedyk, OMAFRA

Irrigation water can contain pathogens, microorganisms that cause illness or death in humans.  Every time contaminated water comes in direct contact with fruit or vegetables, there is a risk that these pathogens may be transferred to the produce.

Regulation 119/11 section 4 states that you cannot harvest, pack, sell or transport contaminated produce. Continue reading

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Renovation good time to control cyclamen mite.

Cyclamen mite be a challenging pest for strawberry growers this year

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, July 6, 2018

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, July 6, 2018

This year we are conducting a regional monitoring program in berry and stone fruit crops and grapes including Essex, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Norfolk, Niagara, Durham, Ottawa/Carleton, Dundas-Stormont and Glengary (DSG) and Northumberland counties.  This post contains a summary of trap counts since May 28, 2018, updated July 6.  The chart will be updated weekly.

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Berry Bulletin July 6

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July 6, 2018

This week’s update:

-renovation

-Cyclamen mite

-Spotted wing drosophila

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Testing for Glyphosate Resistant Canada Fleabane in Tree Fruit, Tree Nuts and Grapes

Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Specialist – Horticulture

Glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane has been confirmed in 28 counties throughout the province.  Some counties also have multiple resistant Canada fleabane which is resistant to both glyphosate (group 9) and ALS (group 2) herbicides.  It is finding its way from fields of corn, soybeans and wheat into orchards and vineyards at an amazing rate.  Therefore, we need to know what we can do to control and what is there to prevent the further spread of this multiple resistant weed.

If you think you have glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane in your tree fruit, tree nuts or grapes, we will test it for you, using a target-site-resistant (TSR) quick test.

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You Suspect Herbicide Drift – Now What? (re-posted from April 28)

Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Management Specialist – Horticulture; Wendy McFadden-Smith, OMAFRA Tender Fruit and Grape IPM Specialist; Karl Soetemans, MOECC Pesticide Specialist – Southwest Region

With the new 2,4-D- and dicamba-tolerant crop technology available in field crops, horticulture growers are concerned about drift of these pesticides, especially with the experience the United States had last year.  Crop injury caused by herbicide drift is guaranteed to cause misery and confrontation, not to mention insurance claims and legal charges.  No one wins when herbicides drift – the applicator loses two ways: his herbicide misses the target, giving poor weed control, plus he is liable for damage; the “receiving” grower loses yield, crop health, perhaps timely markets plus his time. Sometimes our environment loses, and in general, agriculture loses in the public eye.

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