Author Archives: Sean Westerveld

About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA

Lavender Crop Update – The Start of Bloom – June 23, 2022

The first cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia are beginning to bloom in my research plots in Simcoe (Figure 1) and likely other farms in the southwest. ‘Big Time Blue’ was the first to bloom in my cultivar trial. Areas further north … Continue reading

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Ginseng Crop Update – Nitrogen Fertilization – June 17, 2022

The ginseng crop is progressing normally this year after several years of spring cold temperature and frost damage. This should reduce pressures of foliar diseases. As temperatures warm, the added stress could lead to higher Alternaria pressures over the next … Continue reading

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Closer® Insecticide Label Expanded via Minor Use Program to Help Manage Aphids and Leafhoppers on Field Basil

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 Closer® Insecticide for control of aphids and suppression of leafhoppers on field basil. Closer® Insecticide was already … Continue reading

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Miltsop® Foliar Fungicide Label Expanded via Minor Use Program to Help Manage Powdery Mildew in Field & Greenhouse Grown Herbs (CG-25) & Field Grown Spices (CG-26)

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 Milstop® Foliar Fungicide for suppression of powdery mildew caused by Sphaerotheca spp., Erysiphe spp., Podosphaera spp. … Continue reading

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Exirel® Insecticide Label Expanded via Minor Use Program to Control Various Insects on Field Cilantro (fresh leaves) and Field Parsley (fresh leaves)

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 EXIREL® Insecticide for control of various insects on Field Cilantro (fresh leaves) and carrot weevil on … Continue reading

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Ginseng Crop Update – June 3, 2022

Some areas received yet another round of strong thunderstorms with high winds that knocked down shade on Wednesday along with heavy, wind-blown rains. Those gardens knocked around by high winds may be more prone to Botrytis over the next week … Continue reading

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