Late Fall Disease Management for Ginseng – Ginseng Crop Update October 27, 2021

It should come as no surprise to ginseng growers that it has been exceptionally wet this year since the beginning of June and especially this fall. Don’t take my word for it. Figure 1 shows a map of precipitation relative to normal for the past 90 days. The entire ginseng production area is indicated at “exceptionally high” and falls within the 98th to 100th percentile. This means that precipitation this far above normal for that period of time would only be expected to occur in a maximum of 2 in every 100 years. Most of the ginseng production area is also in the exceptionally wet zone for the past 180 days (Figure 2).

Map of Central Canada showing the ginseng production area of southern Ontario within the 98th to 100th percentile compared to normal for the 90 day period ending on October 25
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Control of Scentless Chamomile in Ginseng

Growers are reporting increasing issues dealing with scentless chamomile in ginseng, which has become a problem weed in many crops. Scentless chamomile (Matricaria perforata), also known as scentless mayweed, is a short-lived perennial or sometimes annual, closely resembling stinking mayweed, with its large yellow-centered flower heads with white ray florets, but it is usually taller (up to 75 cm, 30 in.) and more branched (Figure 1). It also resembles pineappleweed. Its stems below the flower heads are smooth and hairless, and the whole plant is virtually without odour (unlike pineappleweed or stinking mayweed). Scentless chamomile can grow effectively at very low temperatures, so plants that are small at this time of year can be very large by the time the snow is gone in the spring.

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Canadian Haskap Symposium – Oct 20 and 27, 2021

The Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food (CRAAQ) will be hosting the first Canadian Haskap Symposium in a series of online speaker sessions over two dates, October 20 and 27, 2021.

The symposium will cover topics such as the development of new varieties, production requirements, post-harvest storage, and marketing.

Registration is $75 + tax for the entire symposium.

For complete details, speaker biographies, and registration, please visit the symposium website at: Canadian Haskap Symposium (craaq.qc.ca)

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Deadline Extended to Nov 5: Calling All Ontario Hop Growers – We Need Your Help!

As reported during the September ONHoppenings webinar, OMAFRA is currently developing a Brewers Guide to Ontario-Grown Hop Varieties in collaboration with the Ontario Hop Growers’ Association (OHGA) and the Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) to assist with marketing Ontario-grown hops.

Background: Feedback we’ve received over the past year has suggested that brewers do not know about the diversity of hop varieties grown in Ontario or where to source them. The intent of the guide is to provide a current list of Ontario-grown hop varieties and basic brewing values to assist brewers in planning their recipes and sourcing more Ontario-grown hops. The guide will be updated biennially to capture any new varieties being grown in the province and to expand the brewing values information as it becomes available after each harvest year.

We need your help!

In order to have the most up to date information for the guide, we are asking for your input.

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2022 ONHops BrewOff Registration Now Open!

After a one year hiatus, the ONHops BrewOff is back at the OFVC for another round of exciting and friendly competition highlighting Ontario grown hops and Ontario craft beer!

Registration is now open for the 2022 competition. This year’s beer style is: (BJCP 18B) American Pale Ale

Overall Impression from the BJCP Style Guidelines: A pale, refreshing and hoppy ale, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make the beer balanced and drinkable. The clean hop presence can reflect classic or modern American or New World hop varieties with a wide range of characteristics. An average-strength hop-forward pale American craft beer, generally balanced to be more accessible than modern American IPAs.

For complete style information, rules, critical dates and to register, please visit the competition webpage at: https://www.ofvc.ca/ONHOPS_about.html

New for 2022 – Pre-Judging and Public Judging:

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ONHoppenings Lunch and Learn Season Wrap Up- Wednesday, September 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.

This month we have a slight change in the date of our regular ONHoppenings discussions, the Lunch and Learn will take place on Wednesday, September 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 Tuesday, September 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:

  • Season wrap up and fall checklist – production and pest management
  • Fall herbicides
  • Sneak Peak: Hop Variety Guide for Brewers
  • And of course, we will have time for general discussion and Q&A!

Please join us by REGISTERING HERE for September 29:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqc-2vqDwsHNfnnWcOvhQ-P0-3AF2pszVA

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