Author Archives: Sean Westerveld

About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA

CMHA Ontario launches suicide prevention program to support farmers

Farmers experience chronic stress more than the general population. Yet farmers are less likely to seek mental health support — sometimes with devastating consequences. To help, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario has launched the Guardian Network, a volunteer … Continue reading

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Ginseng Crop Update – August 26, 2022

Other than localized damage from summer storms, weather conditions to this point of the season have been ideal for ginseng production with seasonable temperatures and only timely rains, which is in contrast to the excessive rains last year. The biggest … Continue reading

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Lavender Crop Update – Late Summer Tasks – August 26, 2022

Lavender bloom is long finished, and most growers are wrapping up distillation for the year. Here are some things to consider at this time of year: Pruning If you have not pruned already, August is a good time to prune … Continue reading

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Essential Oil Yield of Lavender Cultivars

By: Jason Carter, Summer Research Assistant, OMAFRA and Sean Westerveld, Ginseng and Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA There are many different lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and lavandin (L. x intermedia) cultivars that can be grown in Ontario. When choosing which cultivars to grow, … Continue reading

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SuffOil-X® spray oil emulsion label expanded via Minor Use Program to help manage aphids and spider mites on various crops and crop groups in Canada

By Josh Mosiondz, Minor Use Coordinator, OMAFRA The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for SuffOil-X® spray oil emulsion for management of aphids and spider mites on various crops and crop … Continue reading

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PURESPRAY GREEN® spray oil label expanded via Minor Use Program to help manage insects and powdery mildew on Crops Groups 25 (Herbs) and 26 (Spices)

By Josh Mosiondz, Minor Use Coordinator, OMAFRA The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for PURESPRAY GREEN® spray oil for management of numerous insects and powdery mildew on Crop Groups 25 … Continue reading

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