Category Archives: Herbs

Basil Downy Mildew Confirmed in Ontario

Basil downy mildew has been identified in both Norfolk and Wellington Counties on July 19. Infections probably began sometime last week. It is likely the disease is now widespread in southern Ontario and basil growers need to protect the crop … Continue reading

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Lavender Crop Update – Dying Lavender July 15, 2021

There are have been multiple reports of lavender suddenly dying over the past few weeks. Symptoms match those of Phytophthora root rot, with portions of plants wilting and dying with other portions still appearing healthy. However, samples of these plants … Continue reading

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Lavender Crop Update – June 24, 2021

Harvest Considerations Most angustifolia cultivars of lavender have begun to bloom this week in the south. Full bloom will likely occur within the next week to 10 days. Early bloom is the time to harvest for bundles and buds. Ideally, … Continue reading

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Agriculture Sector: Using Temporary Help Agencies and Employment Standards Webinar – June 22

Tuesday, June 22nd 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET When faced with a labour shortage, many employers in the agriculture sector turn to a temporary help agency (THA) for assistance. But did you know clients of agencies have legal obligations when … Continue reading

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You Suspect Herbicide Drift – Now What?

Originally written in 2018 by: Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Management Specialist – Horticulture; Wendy McFadden-Smith, OMAFRA IPM Specialist – Horticulture and Karl Soetemans, MOECC Pesticide Specialist – Southwest Region. Updated May 2021 by Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Management Specialist – … Continue reading

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Dealing with Frost Damage in Lavender – Lessons from 2015

Just like in May 2015, frost damage to new growth has occurred in some areas of Ontario, mainly north and east of Toronto. The following article is adapted from 2015 with new insights based on what we learned during that … Continue reading

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