Hazelnut Production Update August 24, 2021

Guide to Hazelnut Production is Live

Hard copies of OMAFRA Publication 863: Guide to Hazelnut Production in Ontario are now available for purchase! Click here to be taken to the site.

As a reminder, the free PDF version is also available for download here.

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What is the Value of the Ginseng Canopy Late in the Season? Ginseng Crop Update August 18, 2021

Ginseng growers have faced many weather-related challenges this year that have stunted the canopy, increased disease, caused earlier senescence of leaves and collapsed shade structures. When making decisions about how much to invest in protecting the ginseng canopy after damage to the canopy or the shade structure, it is important to keep in mind how much of this year’s photosynthesis has already occurred and how much you may be protecting.

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Hazelnut Production Update August 13, 2021

Production Update

Harvest is approaching! This week, husks are beginning to unfurl and nuts are beginning to change colour in certain varieties. Growers across the province are getting their harvest, cleaning, drying, storage, and processing equipment ready.

A cluster of 4 hazelnuts beginning to change colour.
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Hazelnut production update July 28, 2021

Current Status

Nuts are developing well and harvest will be approaching soon. Squirrels and chipmunks have been very active in orchards and may eat or spoil much of the nut crop before it has a chance to mature. Refer to pg 89 of Publication 863, the Guide to Hazelnut Production in Ontario for information about control.

Terminal buds are beginning to set in certain cultivars, indicating the end of this year’s vegetative growth.

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ONHoppenings Lunch and Learn – Thursday, July 29 @ Noon

Overview: Join OMAFRA specialists Evan Elford and Melanie Filotas for bi-monthly online Zoom discussions about Ontario hops. Evan and Melanie will be continuing to host a series of hop related discussions in 2021 with some guest speakers to provide insight into new and exciting areas of hop production, pest management and marketing.

This month we have a slight change in the date of our regular ONHoppenings discussions, the Lunch and Learn will take place on Thursday, July 29 from 12-1pm. Attendance is free and open to anyone, however you must pre-register to receive the meeting log-in details. Anyone wishing to ask questions in advance can email Evan (evan.elford@ontario.ca) or Melanie (melanie.filotas@ontario.ca) by 8:30 am on Wednesday, July 28 OR enter it in the question field when you register and we will do our best to have a thorough answer during the session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This month we will briefly discuss:

  • Foliar fertility
  • Cone browning and cone diseases
  • Drone scouting project sneak peak
  • And of course, we will have time for general discussion and Q&A!

Please join us by REGISTERING HERE for July 29: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArcOyspj4oG9PeYyU-QmXpYjxsqGZX6X4r

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Foliar Diseases of Outdoor Hemp (Cannabis sativa) and Their Management 2021

As canopies begin to close in hemp fields and dew periods lengthen, the risk of foliar diseases of hemp increases. The recent wet weather in much of southern Ontario also increases the risk of most diseases in the field. There are three main foliar diseases of hemp that have been identified in Ontario: Septoria leaf spot, downy mildew and powdery mildew.

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