SuffOil-X® spray oil emulsion label expanded via Minor Use Program to help manage aphids and spider mites on various crops and crop groups in Canada

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 SuffOil-X® spray oil emulsion for management of aphids and spider mites on various crops and crop groups in Canada. SuffOil-X® spray oil emulsion was already labeled for management of insects and diseases on a wide range of crops in Canada. These minor use proposals were submitted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs as a result of minor use priorities established by growers and extension personnel. 

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PURESPRAY GREEN® spray oil label expanded via Minor Use Program to help manage insects and powdery mildew on Crops Groups 25 (Herbs) and 26 (Spices)

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 PURESPRAY GREEN® spray oil for management of numerous insects and powdery mildew on Crop Groups 25 (Herbs) and 26 (Spices) in Canada. PURESPRAY GREEN® spray oil was already labeled for management of insects and powdery mildew on a wide range of crops in Canada. These minor use proposals were submitted by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs as a result of minor use priorities established by growers and extension personnel. 

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SERENE® Herbicide label expanded via Minor Use Program to help manage labelled weeds in various crops and crop groups

By Josh Mosiondz, Minor Use Coordinator, OMAFRA, Guelph

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for SERENE® Herbicide for control or suppression of labelled weeds in various crops and crop groups in Canada. SERENE® Herbicide was already labeled for management of weeds in other crops in Canada. These minor use proposals were submitted by The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs as a result of minor use priorities established by growers and extension personnel.

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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. However, diagnostic reports are not always designed for growers to interpret, which can often lead to misunderstanding as to the potential causes of the symptoms. It is important to understand the limitations of diagnostic tests so unnecessary control measures are avoided.

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Lavender Crop Update: Mid-Summer To-Do List – July 27, 2022

Lavender bloom is nearly complete for another year. Growers with distillation equipment are likely busy distilling now and over the next few weeks. Otherwise, pruning can be done anytime between now and the end of August. Fertilization can continue to about mid-August. Planting new plants can be done in the summer as well but requires extra care. Here some notes on each of these tasks:

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Ginseng Crop Update: Mid-Summer Pests – July 27, 2022

Other than the normal lingering Phytophthora root rot issues and occasional Alternaria escapes, few pest issues have been reported over the past few weeks. Except for some severe spring storms, weather conditions have been ideal for ginseng production up to this point with mostly dry weather and normal temperatures. Although temperatures have occasionally been hot, there have also been plenty of cooler days and nights to reduce plant stress. Temperatures are forecast to be above normal beginning this weekend, which could increase plant stress. Along with longer dew periods at this time of year, this could increase Alternaria disease pressures. Although most areas received a much-needed rain early last week, rainfall since then has been more sporadic. It is important to monitor soil moisture closely and ensure timely irrigation to reduce plant stress and the risk of Alternaria outbreaks.

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