Category Archives: All Specialty Crops

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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2023 ONHops BrewOff Registration Now Open!

Celebrating 10 Years of Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer at the OFVC! The ONHops BrewOff (OHBO) is back at the OFVC! This year we’re celebrating 10 years of friendly competition highlighting Ontario grown hops and Ontario craft beer! Formally “The Great Ontario-Hopped Craft … Continue reading

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Understanding Laboratory Diagnostic Reports for Specialty Crop Diseases

By: Sean Westerveld, OMAFRA and Amy Fang Shi, OGGA At this time of year, many unusual symptoms can show up in specialty crop fields. If a disease is suspected, samples can be sent to diagnostic labs for determining the cause. … Continue reading

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Hot Weather Impact on Plant Water Demand – How Can We Measure?

By: Rebecca Shortt, Water Quantity Engineer, OMAFRA It has been hot and dry in SW Ontario in June. What is the impact on plants? And how do we measure the water demand? One thing I think we forget is that … Continue reading

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3 Secrets of Irrigation Water Taking Permits Revealed

By: Rebecca Shortt, Water Quantity Engineer, OMAFRA #1. So the first one is not really a secret:  If you irrigate, from any water source in Ontario, you need a Permit To Take Water (PTTW) from the Ministry of Environment Conservation … Continue reading

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New Ontario Crop Protection Hub now available for accessing crop protection information online

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is transforming the way crop protection information is provided to better serve clients through an online digital application called the Ontario Crop Protection Hub. The following specialty crops are currently included … Continue reading

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