• Kearney Planters

    Feb 21 | 1907 Views | No Comments

    Kearney Planters established in 1979 by Barry Kearney’s own quest to modify his corn planter Kearney Planters is a name that farmers have grown to trust planting through harvest. Growing and adapting through the past 36 years the business has now expanded into two working shops and a new...

  • DeGoeys Nursery And Flowers

    Jul 9 | 2479 Views | No Comments

    In 1976, the DeGoey family were fresh market field growers. John and Jane DeGoey believed that growing flowers was a niche they could build, and in 1980 they built their first greenhouse for flowers. Today the whole family is involved in the thriving business. Building slowly through the years, the...

  • Geo Produce

    Jul 9 | 2297 Views | No Comments

    Starting as a 1-acre greenhouse back in 1990, the Knoteck family has grown Geo Produce to a 12+ acre, high-tech greenhouse operation. Operated by skilled professionals, Geo Produce grows 7 acres of red, yellow and orange bell peppers as well as 4.5 acres of TOV greenhouse product, such as...

  • Buis Beef

    Jul 9 | 2390 Views | No Comments

    Buis Beef is a third generation family farm with a mixed farming operation with vegetable crops (sweet-corn, green beans) and field crops (corn and beans & wheat) as well as a herd of 350 beef cows. They are known as an innovative farm because they are not afraid to try new operational...

  • Jennen Family Farm Market

    Jul 9 | 2082 Views | No Comments

    The Jennen’s have been in Wabash for over 20 years. Their family farm has grown every year, with recent expansion to 12 acres of High Tunnels and into long-season berry production. The High Tunnels allow for a longer and more sustainable growing season by moderating temperature, wind and...

  • River Bell Market Garden

    Jul 9 | 1797 Views | No Comments

    River Bell Market Garden has been farming organically since 19990 and has been certified organic for fruits and vegetables since 2003. Their unique “organic vegetable box” program delivers a crate of fresh organic vegetables to your house or a local drop-off area throughout the year. River Bell...

  • Giffin’s Maple Syrup Products

    May 7 | 3632 Views | No Comments

    Giffin’s Maple Syrup Products is a family operation owned Don and Jean Giffin.  They began their maple syrup operation in 1980 and have 2800 taps in their 50-acre maple bush. Always open to innovation, in 2015 Giffins started utilizing reverse osmosis for production, which removes 75% of water...

  • The Pickle Station

    May 7 | 1951 Views | No Comments

    In 1964, Norm VanRoboys sold a load of cucumbers to Walter Bick, founder of Bick’s Pickles. That same year, VanRoboys contracted 2 million pounds of cucumbers to Chatham-Kent farmers, which was the beginning of VanRoboys “Pickle Station”. Today, the third generation of VanRoboys manages the...

  • McGrail Farm Equipment

    May 7 | 2391 Views | No Comments

    McGrail Farm Equipment has been a successful Southwestern Ontario John Deere dealer for 50 years. John Deere is continually developing new products to improve agriculture production. McGrail Farm Equipment is committed to enhancing the capabilities of the products they sell by keeping all employees...

  • Devolder Farms

    Mar 27 | 2074 Views | No Comments

    Recognizing the needs of other farmers in the area, Bob and Diane Devolder established Devolder Farms Seeds in 1988. Today, Devolder Farms is a family-owned and operated business with an active presence within the farming Chatham-Kent community. In 1974, Bob Devolder acquired and has maintained his...

  • Early Acres Estate Winery

    Mar 27 | 1982 Views | No Comments

    Wine production is truly a family experience for Mike and Sue Korpan. Their Early Acres Estate Winery is set on 7.5 acres of sandy loam soil, which is perfectly suited to the success of their grapes. The warm summers and cool falls of Chatham-Kent provide the perfect combination of flavour and body...

  • Sunshine Farms

    Dec 15 | 1885 Views | No Comments

    Sunshine Farms, founded by John and Claudia Jaques,  began growing  and pickling asparagus in 1982. Once their friends and family tasted the fresh, crisp product, the demand grew. Today, Sunshine Farms, also run by sons Josh, Ben and Adrian, offer fresh asparagus as well as 23 types of pickles,...

  • The Ag Mag

    Nov 7 | 2678 Views | No Comments

    Here is the latest copy of the AgMag.  Enjoy! AgMag_WEB  ...

  • Uher’s Performance Feeds

    Sep 30 | 2351 Views | No Comments

    Uher’s Performance Feeds not only provides feed for livestock and pet food for small animals, they provide solutions to your feed challenges.  From wine, cattle and equine feed to sheep, poultry, game bird, pet feed and wild birdseed, customers can find all of this and more in-store at Uher’s...

  • Lloyd Bag Company

    Sep 19 | 2478 Views | No Comments

    Since 1939, the Lloyd Bag Company has been manufacturing and distributing bags throughout North America.  Today they manufacture and import woven fabric bags including jute, burlap, leno mesh, woven polypropylene, cotton, canvas, paper, bulk bags, BOPP bags and tote bags. With a variety of...

  • Crazy Eight Barn

    Sep 2 | 2186 Views | No Comments

    Expanding Chatham-Kent’s agri-tourism market is the popular Crazy Eight Barn. The 8-sided barn was originally built for stabling animals, but was left empty for years until Susanne Spence-Wilkins saw it and made plans of her own. She carefully disassembled the building and moved it to Palmyra, on...

  • Dover Corn Products

    Aug 19 | 2245 Views | No Comments

    Dover Corn Products Ltd., a 100% Canadian, family owned and operated facility, is quickly becoming an industry leader in the dry corn milling market. They are proud to bring one of Canada’s oldest and most stable industries back to Ontario. Dover Corn Products is the only dry corn mill in...

  • Thompsons Limited

    Aug 5 | 1935 Views | No Comments

    Since 1924, Thompsons principal business has involved the distribution of corn, soybeans, wheat, and dry beans as well as providing farmers with the necessary inputs to produce and grow successful crops. Thompsons Limited provides high quality agricultural supplies and services, including seed,...

  • London Agricultural Commodities

    Feb 14 | 2703 Views | No Comments

    London Agricultural Commodities (LAC) is privately held enterprise that operates two facilities in Chatham-Kent, has several marketing arrangements with independently owned elevators throughout Ontario.  Through our London office, LAC markets a variety of grains around the world. In Tupperville,...

  • Roesch Meats And More

    Feb 7 | 2320 Views | No Comments

    Roesch Meats and more has been serving the highest quality, freshest meats available since 1995. Their pork is fed and raised on-site, with no medication in the feed or water. They also offer Ontario beef and chicken, and all is sold through their on-site retail operation.  Lamb is available...

  • Harvest-Pac Products Inc.

    Jan 17 | 2415 Views | No Comments

    With the belief that if you begin with a superior raw product, you will produce a superior finished product, Harvest-Pac Products has been processing locally-grown vegetables and fruit since the early 1990s. Prior to entering into the processing side of the business, three generations of the...

  • Delhaven Orchards

    Jan 7 | 2041 Views | No Comments

    Delhaven Orchards Ltd. is a family farm owned and operated by Marilyn and Hector Delanghe. Over 400 acres are farmed and crops grown include apples (16 varieties), peaches (12 varieties), sweet cherries (6 varieties), pears (3 varieties), apricots (4 varieties), nectarines (3 varieties),...

  • Truly Green Farms

    Dec 23 | 2051 Views | No Comments

    Recognized as the first of its kind in North America, Truly Green Farms, operated by the Devries family, is 22.5 acres of greenhouse that produces up to 21 million kilograms of tomatoes annually. In partnership with GreenField Ethanol, the green house utilizes the ethanol plant’s waste heat and...

  • Pride Seeds

    Dec 17 | 1522 Views | No Comments

    The goal of Pride Seeds is to create a unique product experience that results in higher profits for corn, soybean and forage crop growers. Pride strives to increase profitability for growers by delivering superior seed. Pride Seeds is part of AgReliant Genetics, which has one of the largest...

  • End Of Season Agriculture Write Up

    on December 9 | in Kim Cooper | by | with Comments Off on End Of Season Agriculture Write Up

    Sure summer is winding down but the fruits of summer are still available and of all of the fruit of summer, watermelon might be the quintessential. As member of the cucurbit family, it is related to cucumbers, squash and pumpkins. In 2018, there were 1,500 acres of watermelon grown in Ontario, much of that acreage grown in Chatham-Kent.

    Some varieties of watermelon are tetraploid, having four sets of chromosomes. When they are pollinated by a seeded diploid type, with two sets of chromosomes, the resulting fruit have three sets of chromosomes (triploid). These triploid fruit are sterile, and produce no viable seeds. Triploid (seedless) watermelons are the mainstay of the larger wholesale markets. Because watermelon flowers are pollinated by bees, there must be an ample supply of diploid pollen in the seedless watermelon fields. In the past, growers would plant seeded (diploid) varieties interspersed within the crop to act as pollinisers. It was important to select varieties with different colouring, stripe patterns or different shapes, so they could be kept separate at harvest. As full-sized plants, these varieties take up considerable space in the field and are often harder to market. Due to the high demand of seedless watermelon, and the lack of markets for the seeded pollinisers, many growers now use special polliniser plants. These varieties are smaller, and can be planted between the seedless varieties; taking up less space, with less competition for sunlight and nutrients. They produce small fruit, approximately the size of a softball, which do not require harvesting.

    When it comes to harvest, some people still prefer the tap or thump method to determine ripeness. However there are a few other signs to look for. Tell tale signs include when the underside of the melon (where it touches the ground) turns from creamy white to yellow. Also, look at the stem end because when the tendril closest to the stem (peduncle) begins to dry up and turn brown, the fruit is fully ripe.

    There are several diseases and disorders that impact watermelon production. One of the most problematic diseases is fusarium which is a soil-borne disease. It can survive in soils for three to five years. As a result, crop rotation is extremely important. Fusarium is host specific. The fusarium infecting watermelons is a different form of the pathogen than the ones found in other crops such as wheat or corn, or even pumpkins. If the crop is established under cool, wet growing conditions, fusarium root rots may cause the young plants to die back in the first few weeks after transplanting. Sometimes fusarium infections begin to grow on the roots in the early season, but if the growing conditions are good, it may go undetected until the crop reaches peak fruit load. At this time the infected roots cannot keep up with the demand for water and nutrients, causing the field to quickly decline before it reaches maturity.

    Alternatively, a significant disorder is Hallow Heart which occurs when the flesh separates during the fruit formation, causing elongated growth cracks or a hollow cavity inside the fruit. Hollow heart can be difficult to predict and even harder to identify in the field. However, when loads are inspected, a fairly low incidence may cause the shipment to be rejected. Hollow heart may be caused by a number of different factors including: insufficient pollination, fluctuations in soil moisture, or even cooler temperatures at the time of fruit set. Some varieties appear to be more prone to hollow heart than others. Recent research suggests that insufficient pollination is the most significant factor causing this condition. Factors impacting pollination include: insufficient pollinisers in a seedless watermelon crop,

    polliniser varieties located too far from the seedless ones, and, poor weather conditions (cool, hot, wet, windy) during pollination.

    Permission was granted by the author to use this article which was originally written by Elaine Roddy for “The Grower” magazine. Elaine is a vegetable crops specialist for OMAFRA.

    Edits done with permission by Daryl Vermey who was born and raised on a farrow to finish, cash crop family farm just outside of Blenheim, Ontario and has worked in many capacities in the Canadian agricultural industry for both non-profit and for profit companies. Feel free to reach out to him via email at dvermey@gmail.com.

    “Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agriculture website at: wegrowfortheworld.com”

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  • November Food Bulletin

    on December 6 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on November Food Bulletin

    November 2019 Food and Beverage Industry Information

    Discover something new this November. Brand new funding opportunities, including the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s Cost Share Program (for processors), are available now! Register for the Eastern Ontario Local Food conference to learn about this year’s theme, “Growing Communities Together”. The Guelph Food Seminar Series is back for another month and will be hosted by OMAFRA. Prepare yourself for an action-packed November!

    INDUSTRY NEWS
    1. Grocery Innovations Canada, A Success
    2. Cannabis Innovation Business Accelerator Program for Early Stage Start-ups
    3. Canadian Grocer Introduces ‘New on Shelf’ Newsletter
    4. Ontario Announces Next Steps to Improve Recycling and Tackle Plastic Waste

    FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
    5. Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Cost Share Funding for Processors
    6. Regional Development Program
    7. CanExport: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
    8. Ontario Job Grant Program
    9. Mitacs Accelerate
    10. Agri-Innovate Program
    11. NSERC Engage
    12. Market Access Initiative

    EVENTS
    13. Information Day on Intellectual Property
    14. Eastern Ontario Local Food
    15. Canadian Bio-Economy Cooperative R&D Partnering Mission to Germany
    16. Global Summit Plant-Powered Menus
    17. Guelph Food Seminar Series (GFSS)
    18. Participate in the Ontario Pavilion at the Restaurants Canada Show 2020

    RESOURCES
    19. Brewing Technician Program at the Canadian Career College
    20. Tech for Food at IFPT-Conestoga College

    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @RegionalEcDevON and FACEBOOK to stay up-to-date on the latest news, events and more!


    INDUSTRY NEWS

    Grocery Innovations Canada, A Success

    Grocery Innovations Canada on October 22-23, 2019 was a success. The Ontario Pavilion generated a strong buzz on the show floor and had a surprise special guest, Premier Doug Ford. Grocery Innovations Canada showcases Ontario’s best and most innovative manufacturers to a national audience of retail decision makers and buyers. This event has created countless opportunity for small business within Ontario.

    If you are interested in registering for a booth for 2020, please contact Rolster Taylor.

    Cannabis Innovation Business Accelerator Program for Early Stage Start-ups Leaf Forward is a global launchpad for cannabis innovation and through its business accelerator program and venture fund it can invest up to $75 000, time and expertise into promising early stage cannabis startups. Over a 16-week period their team works closely with you to help build your business. Leaf Forward’s in-house resources are bolstered by an industry wide network of leaders and subject matter experts.

    If you think you have what it takes to be the next great cannabis startup apply HERE.

    Canadian Grocer Introduces ‘New on Shelf’ Newsletter Canadian Grocer has launched “New on Shelf”, a twice-monthly roundup of products launching in Canada. The newsletter editors will carefully select four products to feature in each newsletter, which will hit inboxes every second Tuesday. From snacks and sweets to drinks and dairy, they will give you a glimpse of the products ready to hit grocery store shelves.

    If you aren’t yet receiving New on Shelf, visit the subscriber page to sign up HERE for free. If you’re launching a product, send information and high-resolution photos to online editor klaird@ensembleiq.com.

    Ontario Announces Next Steps to Improve Recycling and Tackle Plastic Waste Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced the next steps to transition the costs of the Blue Box Program away from municipal taxpayers and make the producers of products and packaging fully responsible by 2023.

    Over the coming year, Ontario will develop and consult on regulations to support the new producer responsibility framework for the Blue Box Program. Once producer responsibility is fully in place, recycling across the province will be more consistent, with a standard list of materials that can be recycled.


    FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

    Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Cost Share Funding for Processors Processors and Other Agri-businesses can now apply for cost-share funding to support projects within development and commercialization of technology or equipment to increase labour productivity for farmers and processors, economic development in the agri-food and agri-based products sectors and protection and assurance in food safety and plant and animal health.

    The application intake window for Processor and Other Business cost-share funding assistance is from November 4th – 26th, 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. If you are interested, please review the Program and Application Guides. Applications can be submitted at www.ontarioprograms.net.

    Regional Development Program

    The Regional Development Program takes a coordinated approach to supporting business growth in Eastern and Southwestern Ontario. The program supports eligible small- and medium-sized businesses investing in new equipment and training to expand operations in these regions. The program also provides support to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations investing in economic development projects.

    Eligible applicants may receive financial support and advisory services to help navigate other government programs, such as guidance on compliance approvals, assistance with skills and talent, and information regarding Ontario’s corporate tax credits.

    The intake period will be starting on December 2nd, 2019 and ending on January 20th, 2020. For more information, click HERE.

    Can Export: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Program

    This program provides direct financial assistance to SMEs registered in Canada to help them develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets. Applications are accepted year-round through an online platform.

    In order to apply, companies must be for-profit, an incorporated legal entity or a limited liability partnership (LLP), have a Canada Revenue Agency business number (unless Indigenous-owned or led), employ no more than 500 full-time equivalent employees and must have declared between $100K and $100M in annual revenue in Canada during the last 12 months.

    The CanExport SMEs program requires applicants to submit a project for which expenses total between $20 000 – $100 000. The program reimburses up to 75% of eligible costs to offer between $15 000 and $75 000 in funding per project.

    For more information, click HERE.

    Ontario Job Grant

    The Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support for employers who wish to purchase training for their workforce. Employers choose the individuals they would like to have trained and the training that meets their workforce development needs.

    The grant covers up to 50% of direct training costs for large employers and around 80% for small employers (less than 100 employees). However, small employers may qualify for 100% funding and up to $15,000 per trainee if the employer is hiring and training unemployed individuals.

    For more information and to apply, click HERE.

    MITACS Accelerate

    The purpose of this internship program is to connect companies with over 50 research-based universities, where graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are given the chance to apply their specialized expertise to your business projects.

    The project evaluation proportion of this program will take approximately 6-8 weeks. The project can be as long as desired, however, there is a minimum length of 4 months. For every $7 500 invested in the project, another $15 000 of research funds are attributed to the project.

    Contact accelerate@mitacs.ca to confirm your start-up’s eligibility. For more information, click HERE.

    Agri-Innovate Program

    This program aims to accelerate commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services that increase sector competitiveness and sustainability. In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must clearly illustrate how proposed projects will commercialize/adopt/demonstrate an innovation new to the sector or country.

    The funding will be repayable and may cover up to 50% of eligible costs, up to $10M. Applications will be accepted until March 21st 2023.
    Before applying, please read the Applicant Guide. To learn more, click HERE.

    NSERC ENGAGE

    Engage Grants are designed to give innovative companies access to the knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges. These grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem.

    A 2-page letter of support from the company involved in the project must be provided and must outline the company’s support for, contribution to, and agreement with the research project plan, by responding to a list of points. A maximum grant of $25,000 over a period of normally six months will be awarded to support the project costs.

    For more information, click HERE.

    Market Access Initiative

    The Market Access Initiative is a targeted cost-share intake available to help businesses and organizations across the Ontario supply value-chain that are directly involved in, or support the production, processing and/or sales of agri-products for domestic or export markets.

    Funding is available for 75 per cent of eligible costs. Please refer to the project category description for further details on what cost-share dollar amount is available. Applicants may only apply to one project category per application. Applicants who have been notified of application decisions may then apply again for funding consideration.

    For more information, click HERE.


    EVENTS

    Information Day on Intellectual Property

    November 12th, 2019 from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    International Centre
    6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) invites you to an information day on intellectual property (IP) for the food processing sector. Speakers from federal departments and Niagara College, as well as private sector stakeholders, will explain patents, trade secrets, designations and other IP assets, opportunities for cooperative research, and various funding programs.

    The event will take place concurrently with the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) 31st Annual Suppliers’ Tabletop Exhibition on November 12th, 2019 from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario.

    Please register by November 8th, 2019. To register, please contact Anik Boivin directly at 450-768-9679 or by email at anik.boivin@canada.ca with the following information: your name, title and name of your company or organization, contact information (phone number and email address).
    Registration is free of charge; however, to attend and access the hall, please also register for the CIFST Suppliers’ Night Tabletop Exhibition.

    Eastern Ontario Local Food

    The Eastern Ontario Local Food conference is only a few days away! This two day event focuses on the development of local food economic development. The conference begins on November 13 with three half-day tours to choose from. The three routes are: Mohawks of Akwesasne, Cornwall and SDG and the Highlands; and Cornwall and SDG and the Seaway. All tours will offer stops featuring local food and beverage tastings, and inspiring projects led by visionary community leaders.

    Register HERE before Monday, November 11th to reserve your spot.

    Canadian Bioeconomy Cooperative R&D Partnering Mission to Germany

    The bioeconomy sector is a key priority in both Canada and Germany. This mission will focus on introducing Canadian companies that have strong R&D expertise and capacity in this sector to potential leading German partners for the purpose of R&D collaboration. Areas of focus for the Canadian Bioeconomy Cooperative R&D Partnering Mission to Germany could include:

    1. Innovative side-products from cascade utilization of waste streams.
    2. Optimization and scale-up of modern bio-products.
    3. Metabolic engineering for bio-based products such as high value chemicals, composites and plastics.
    4. Securing food production and production of biomass for industrial use by novel smart agricultural production systems and breeding approaches.
    5. Improved abiotic and biotic stress tolerance of agricultural production systems.
    6. Innovative high-tech approaches for sustainable agricultural production systems.


    To apply, request application form from bruno.wiest@international.gc.ca. Note that interested companies must apply no later than December 20th, 2019.

    Global Summit Plant-Powered Menus

    The Global Plant-Powered Summit is an exclusive gathering of up to 250 food service leaders (mostly multi-unit operators), innovative plant-powered suppliers and global experts from Europe and across North America. Some of the world’s biggest food service, restaurant and food brands are signed up!

    Who is attending? Senior executives, food & beverage directors, culinary directors, executive & corporate chefs, buyers, menu and product developers, marketers, dietitians, nutritionists, CSR managers, supply chain experts as well as food entrepreneurs, farm organizations, trade media and other invited guests.

    The summit kicks-off November 12th at 4:30 PM with a trends and global supply chain discussion at the Scotiabank Theatre, followed by a VIP reception at The Fifth Social Club. The conversation continues November 13th at The Globe and Mail Centre for a full-day of additional learning, connecting and tasting innovative new products! Full agenda with 22+ speakers is HERE.

    Guelph Food Seminar Series (GFSS)

    Various dates, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    OMAFRA Meeting Room 1
    1 Stone Rd W.
    Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2

    The speaker name and title of presentation is announced one week prior to the seminar. All Monthly Seminars are available in-person and through webinar on Adobe Connect
    For AUDIO: Conference Number(s): 1-866-633-0848, Participant Code: 5555973

    November 13th, 2019, Hosted by OMAFRA
    December 11th, 2019, Hosted by CFIA

    Participate with the Ontario Pavilion at the Restaurants Canada Show 2020

    The Restaurants Canada Show is a three-day event in March of 2020, featuring over 1100 exhibits including the Ontario Pavilion, where local food and drink will be put on display. By participating in the Ontario Pavilion, you will join the experience of showcasing your product alongside 84% of Canada’s top 100 food service companies representing over 700 unique brands. If growing your business is a priority, then take the time and register an exhibit with the Ontario Pavilion and receive benefits such as access to OMAFRA business lounge, material handling from loading dock, listing in the official RC Show Guide and promotion on the show website.

    While exhibiting in the Pavilion, you will be able connect with Canadian and international industry buyers as well as chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and food service operators. Networking opportunities, workshops/seminars, and industry competition make the RC show one of the most engaging events of the year.
    If you are interested in registering for a booth for 2020, please click HERE.


    RESOURCES

    Brewing Technician Program at the Canadian Career College This diploma program prepares the graduate for work in various breweries, including large-scale breweries or craft breweries. The classroom instruction will primarily be done through an online distance learning model, enabling students to remain within their respective communities and not have to relocate for an extended period to take their theoretical training.

    Upon completion of the 3-4-month virtual classroom portion, students will be assigned to various breweries for the practical aspect of the training in a 360-hour internship. For more information visit Canadian Career College.

    Tech for Food at IFPT-Conestoga College

    The applied research program at Conestoga College’s Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) offers food and beverage manufacturers the opportunity to address their technical challenges through research collaborations. From 2017, IFPT has been awarded 15 grants for funded research and is currently working in collaboration with 26 industry partners. IFPT has capabilities in several research areas such as, new product development, optimization of processes and formulations, development of new/effective packaging systems, food safety and shelf life, and process automation. They are well-equipped with labs for food and packaging testing; and a pilot plant with a test kitchen, UHT, retort, and three main production lines i.e., bakery, fresh vegetables, and beverages. At this one-of-a-kind facility, Conestoga offers expertise and innovation in the areas of food safety, food science, packaging technology, and food process engineering. Please contact Luis Garcia at lgarcia@conestogac.on.ca for more information.


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  • Ag Business Update – November 2019

    on December 4 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Ag Business Update – November 2019

    This update is designed to provide you with concise, up to date agricultural business information with links to where you can find the details.
    This Issue:
    BusinessBusiness Strategy / Business Planning
    Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS)
    AMIS is an inter-agency platform to enhance food market transparency and policy response for food security. It was launched in 2011 by the G20 Ministers of Agriculture following the global food price hikes in 2007/08 and 2010. Bringing together the principal trading countries of agricultural commodities, AMIS assesses global food supplies (focusing on wheat, maize, rice and soybeans) and provides a platform to coordinate policy action in times of market uncertainty.
     

    More>>

    World Food and Agriculture Statistical Pocketbook 2019
    Food and Agriculture Organization
    This publication presents selected key indicators related to agriculture and food security that the international community, governments, the private sector and civil society can use to assess current trends and prioritize their actions. It is divided into two sections, one thematic and one country-specific. It presents a variety of dimensions of agriculture and food security along four main focus areas:
    • Setting, including land, labour, capital and inputs.
    • Hunger dimensions, highlighting food availability, access, stability and utilization.
    • Food supply looks at agricultural production, trade and utilization.
    • Environment examines land, water, forestry and emissions.   

    More>>

    FMFinancial Management
    Advance Payments Program (APP)
    APP is a Government of Canada program which supports the provision of cash advances to producers across Canada.  It allows you to borrow at low rates, repay as you sell and market your product when prices are most advantageous.

    More>>

    humanHuman Resources
    Canadian Association of Farm Advisors
     

    Check out CAFA’s regular chapter meetings across Ontario. Attend to improve the quality of your farm advice and build your professional network and resources. Learn more at cafanet.ca/events/

    PMProduction Management
    Precision Agriculture research
     
    The Geography, Environment and Geomatics Department at University of Guelph is conducting research on precision agriculture technologies and how farmers use and relate to these technologies. The research includes a survey detailing farmer use of precision agriculture technology, farmer use of digital agricultural data, and farmers’ understanding of their rights to digital agricultural data.
    The target audience for the survey is Canadian crop farmers. The survey should take less than 25 minutes.
    Link to the survey: http://tinyurl.com/paagtech
    RMRisk Management
    Take Control of Farm Risk! Create your Agrishield®
    AgriShield is a risk assessment and management tool designed to keep Canadian agriculture flourishing by providing farmers with the knowledge necessary to spot risks in their operations and implement a plan to address their vulnerabilities. Through a series of questionnaires, farmers will establish risk profiles based on the six key areas of risk: people, production, business environment, finances, markets, and management. These risk profiles are then used to generate detailed and prioritized action plans, creating a roadmap to continued success.
    AgriShield is user-friendly “out of the box,” and there’s a minimal learning curve, which means consultants, farmers, farmer groups, policy makers, and educators can easily take advantage of everything AgriShield has to offer right away.

    To learn more about AgriShield, visit fmc-gac.com/agrishield.

    Production Insurance options in a shortened growing season
     
    Ontario grain and oilseed farmers who are concerned that their crops may not have enough time to reach maturity have options through Production Insurance. Agricorp customers are currently making important decisions about their crops and knowing their Production Insurance options can help.
    • Yield shortfalls
    • Harvesting options for corn
     
    Roots to Success: Taking a comprehensive approach to managing farm risk
    Request for Expressions of Interest
    Farm Management Canada is issuing this Request for Expressions of Interest for industry stakeholders interested in contributing to an industry-wide, national project that will make meaningful progress towards improved risk management for the agriculture and agri-food sector by promoting a comprehensive approach to managing risk.
    Important Dates
    Expressions of Interest received before November 8th, 2019 are preferred.
    The project will be completed by December 31, 2022
    Inquiries:
    Further information and clarification should be directed to:
    Mathieu Lipari
    Program Manager
    Farm Management Canada
    300-250 av. City Centre Ave.
    Ottawa (Ontario) K1R 6K7
    Tel 1-888-232-3262 ext. 24

    mathieu@fmc-gac.com

    ConfConferences, Workshops and Seminars
    OMAFRA Dateline is an online resource for use by interested individuals and organizations across Ontario. Events may be hosted by OMAFRA or other groups. The events posted on this site are aimed at sharing information of interest to agriculture and regional economic development clients. Please check the calendar regularly for upcoming events, workshops, conferences and meetings.
    CAP Workshops & Webinars
    A variety of excellent workshops and webinars are offered at no cost by OSCIA as part of Canadian Agricultural Partnership to assist Ontario farm businesses in identifying strengths and weaknesses in a variety of areas that influence the farm’s profitability, productivity and sustainability. The workshops and webinars each have a different focus and different goals.
     

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    FCC Events
     
    Make the most of your farm business
    Practical tools, new perspectives and breakthrough moments – expand your ag knowledge at a free FCC learning event. We bring the best minds in agriculture to communities across Canada to inform, inspire and help you get the most from your business.
    Upcoming Agriwebinars
    Farm Management Canada
    Farm Financials to Help You Sleep at Night – Part One
    November 14, 2019, 12:00 PM Eastern Time
    Through analyzing aspects of financial performance and using certain tools, like “what-if” scenarios, farmers become more aware of their situation. This gives them the ability to assess the actual resilience of the farm when faced with potential threats, and further, has the benefit of reducing the stress caused by these “unknowns”.
    Farm Financials to Help You Sleep at Night – Part Two
    December 12, 2019, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
    In this presentation, insights into analyzing financial performance, focusing on cost control measures that are designed to improve bottom line results.

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    Agricultural Excellence Conference (AgEx)
     
    Farm Management Canada
    Cultivating Resilience
     
    The theme Cultivating Resilience focuses on building the capacity for you and your farm to weather any storm and seize opportunity.
     
    December 2 – 4 2019
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
     
    CAFA’s Farm Transition Update
    Thursday, January 23, 2020, Ivey Spencer, London
    Farm Transition education day for farm advisors and farm managers.
    Watch for details at www.cafanet.ca.
    CAFA’s Focus on Women in Farming
    Thursday, April 23, 2020 Ivey Spencer, London
    A day focusing on what women in farming want and need to know.
    Watch for details at www.cafanet.ca.
    CAFA’s Farm Management Update
    Thursday, June 4, 2020, Elmhurst Inn, Ingersoll
    Leading edge farm business management tools and insight.
    Watch for details at www.cafanet.ca.
    Thanks for reading the AgBusiness Update.
    Questions or Comments: contact the editor, John Molenhuis at john.molenhuis@ontario.ca
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  • Honey

    on December 2 | in Kim Cooper | by | with Comments Off on Honey

    Historically this time of year was about putting up the harvest to make sure there was enough food and feed to make it through the winter. Our friends the bees have been doing the same thing with their crop of honey. For this week’s article I want to discuss honey. There are many interesting things about this bee made sweetener

    The honey that we eat comes from bees. During the growing season bees forage and collect nectar from many flowering plants. Nectar is a sugary fluid produced by flowers to attract pollinating insects.The bees ingest the nectar and bring it back to the hive (the bee’s home) in their ‘honey stomach’. Once they return to the hive the nectar is regurgitated and thru a process of digestion and enzyme activity the nectar is transformed into honey. This process reduces the water content, increases the acidity and changes the sugars.

    Once made it is stored in honeycomb which is also made by the bees. Honeycomb is made by the bees using wax that their body secretes. At this point the bees manipulate the temperature and humidity and air circulation in the hive using their wings and body heat to reduce the water content even further until it reaches a point that it can be stored safely without spoiling.

    Humans have been collecting honey from wild bees since ancient times and have been keeping bees for a very long time as well. Based on caving paints experts think we have being gathering honey for over 8000 years and there is a history of honey gathering in many parts of the world.

    Currently most of the honey we eat comes from bees that are kept purposely as opposed to wild gathered honey. In 2017 the world produced 1.7 million tonnes of honey, over a quarter of that came from China. The average hive of bees in Ontario produces 80 pounds of harvested honey (beekeepers leave enough for the bees themselves, harvesting only the excess)

    Here are some other facts about honey bees this info is from the Canadian honey council

    There are between 25,000 to 100,000 bees in a hive depending on the time of year

    It takes approx. 2 million flower visits for a hive to produce a pound of honey and that work includes over 55 000 miles of flying

    Each individual bee visits 50 – 100 flower each time they go out to forage and will make approximately 1/10 of a teaspoon in her lifetime

    In additional to being a delicious sweetener honey is also the main ingredient in mead, Mead is the oldest recorded fermented beverage (older then wine or beer) .

    So if you are stocking your larder for a long winter or just grabbing some groceries for tonight’s meal when looking for something sweet don’t forget about honey and look for some from one of our local producers.

    Chris White lives in former Harwich township next door to where he grew up. Chris has been employed in Agri Business for 20 years. He is passionate about food and rural communities and agriculture. He can be reached at white.christopherdavid@gmail.com

    “Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agriculture website at: wegrowfortheworld.com”

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  • Fresh Vegetable Growers Of Ontario – Annual General Meeting

    on December 1 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Fresh Vegetable Growers Of Ontario – Annual General Meeting

    NOTICE OF MEETING

    Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the FRESH VEGETABLE GROWERS OF ONTARIO will be held in the Town of Woodstock, Ontario at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (large boardroom).

    December 5, 2019

    9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

    Election of Directors of the Association for Commodity Reps, discussion of financial reports and any other business that may arise will take place.

    Lunch will be provided.

    Meeting Agenda will be posted to the FVGO website when it is finalized.   www.freshvegetablesontario.com

    To register for the meeting please call the FVGO office, 519-674-1500 Ext 63592

    or email mmcdonal@uoguelph.ca

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  • Remembrance Day Facts, 11 Important Facts

    on November 11 | in Kim Cooper | by | with Comments Off on Remembrance Day Facts, 11 Important Facts

    Remembrance Day is fast approaching, and on this day we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve. It is during times of war, individual acts of heroism occur frequently; only a few are ever recorded and receive official recognition.

    That is why I have chosen to dedicate my weekly article to all those who served, both oversees and at home, and for our freedom. I am hoping to show my support, appreciation and gratitude towards all of our hero’s who gave so much through the education of what remembrance day means.

    Here are 11 important remembrance day facts. These facts can all be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada website, which I would encourage you to visit.

    1. Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

    2. From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931, after it was passed as a bill through congress to celebrate it on November 11th each.

    3. Every year on November 11, we pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember all who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    4. The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Poppies were a common sight in battlefields during WW1, especially on the Western Front. They flourished in the soil churned up by the fighting and shelling.

    5. Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada.

    6. The national ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Governor General of Canada presides over the ceremony. It is also attended by the Prime Minister, other government officials, representatives of Veterans’ organizations, diplomatic representatives, other dignitaries, Veterans as well as the general public.

    7. Before the ceremony, long lines of Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP officers, and cadets march to the memorial lead by a pipe band and a colour guard. At the end of the ceremony, they march away to officially close the ceremony.

    8. Some of the 54 Commonwealth member states, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, observe the tradition of Remembrance Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

    9. Many nations that are not members of the Commonwealth also observe Remembrance Day on November 11, including France, Belgium and Poland.

    10. The United States used to commemorate Armistice Day on November 11. However, in 1954 they changed the name to Veterans Day.

    11. During the Second World War, thousands of Japanese-Canadians were forced to leave their homes and their jobs and sent to live in internment camps. The government claimed it was a matter of national security.

    So why do we remember? A quote from Heather Robinson, author of A Terrible Beauty, The Art of Canada at War, answers this question so nicely.

    “We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.”

    In closing, if you really want to show your support and appreciation, aside from wearing a poppy, please visit the Veteran Affairs Canada website and learn more.

    God Bless,

    Anthony

    Remember that here in Chatham-Kent “We Grow for the World.” Check out our community agriculture website at wegrowfortheworld.com

    Anthony Wilson is an Economic Development Officer with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and can be reached at anthonyw@chatham-kent.ca

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  • Ag Business Update – September 2019

    on November 8 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Ag Business Update – September 2019

    This update is designed to provide you with concise, up to date agricultural business information with links to where you can find the details.
    This Issue:
    BusinessBusiness Strategy / Business Planning
    Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative
     
    Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative provides cost-share funding opportunities to agriculture and food-value chain partners, which encourages greater collaboration to identify opportunities and address challenges in the sector.
    The Place to Grow Guide for Applicants provides detailed program information around available funding and applicant requirements. Additionally, program inquiries can be directed to the Agriculture Information Contact Center at: 1-877-424-1300.

    Eligible applicants can apply for cost-share funding beginning August 15, 2019, when the Place to Grow intake opens. This intake will remain open until Sept. 27, 2019.

    FMFinancial Management
    ACC Program Comparison
     
    What’s Important to you?
    • Maximize cash flow
    • Low or no interest
    • Financing for production or marketing
    • Year-round operating capital
    Here are some options:
    • Commodity Loan Program (CLP)
    • Advance Payments Program (APP)
     
    humanHuman Resources
    Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
    The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot will test a new, industry-specific approach to help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production.
    While immigration in the agricultural sector is largely based on seasonal workers, this pilot aims to enhance the benefits of economic immigration to the agri-food sector by testing a new pathway to permanent residence.
    The pilot will seek to attract experienced, non-seasonal workers who can economically establish in Canada, and who support the ongoing labour needs of the agri-food sector.
    Details on how individuals may apply for permanent residence through this pilot will be available in early 2020.
     

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    Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health
    The Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health annually recognizes a specific initiative that has made outstanding contributions in raising awareness, addressing stigma, and supporting mental health for farmers in their local community. This annual award includes a $2,000 donation to a mental health initiative of the recipient’s choice, along with an invitation to attend the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s (CFA) Annual General Meeting in February with all expenses paid.The recipient will also be profiled by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture through a written profile highlighting their work in the community and sharing the good work they have done.
    The deadline for Expressions of Interest is October 11th, 2019.
     

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    National Farm Leadership Program Launches in 2020 
    Farm Management Canada is launching a new National Farm Leadership Program designed for Canadian farmers. Few of us consider our own leadership as a competitive advantage, however research shows that leader effectiveness can account for as much as 1/3 of business performance. Farm Management Canada has engaged LeaderShift Inc. to support the development of leader effectiveness in Canada’s ag sector.
    Interested in enrolling?

    The National Farm Leadership Program begins January 27 2020. Residency takes places March 10 – 12 in Sidney, British Columbia. The deadline to apply is January 17th. For more information, visit leader-shift.ca/national-farm-leadership-program.

    Wilson Loree Award
    Farm Management Canada is seeking to honour individuals or groups with the 2019 Wilson Loree Award.  This prestigious award was established over fifteen years ago, to honour those that have made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.
    Nominations are required by October 4, 2019.
     

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    Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association: What’s in Season?
    Seasonality is Reality
     
    Ontario has four seasons. Many advances have been made to expand the growing season from weeks to several months. Because of our seasonality, different crops are harvested at different times of the year. Click on a month below to view the availability of Ontario’s bounty.
    Foodland Ontario – Availability guide
    See when Ontario fruits and vegetables are in season. Plus, get seasonal updates and more on our Facebook and Twitter pages. To help make healthier food choices, consider using the Foodland Ontario nutrition guide.

    Availability guide>>

    Farmers’ Markets Ontario
     

    Market Finder>>

    Harvest Ontario
    Harvest Ontario is all about discovering agricultural oriented attractions in the form of day-trip style outings which can last an hour, a weekend or more.
    Economical, fun, healthy and educational, agritourism is without a doubt, the best-valued family experience available today.
     

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    PMProduction Management
    Social Impacts of Digital Agricultural Technologies: Perspectives from Canada

    Invitation to participate in a research project – University of Guelph
    The objective of this study is to understand farmer perspectives of precision agriculture technology, to understand how these technologies are being used on the farm, to examine farmers’ use of agricultural data and their perceptions of digital agricultural data rights and ownership.

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    Veal Cost of Production tool
     
    Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), have developed a Cost of Production (COP) tool to help producers calculate their annual costs and use them for planning.
    The COP tool was designed to accommodate multiple production systems, including growing to finishing, starting with preconditioned calves, or a combination of both.
    As the Ontario veal sector continues to evolve, tools and resources that help producers determine their COP will be extremely useful for current veal producers and new entrants looking to improve business management and profitability, and better evaluate expansion and start-up opportunities.

    The Excel tool is available in English and French.

    RMRisk Management
    Applying for an AgriStability interim payment? Agricorp can help
    Ontario farmers who are in AgriStability don’t need to wait to apply for a 2019 AgriStability payment. AgriStability interim payment applications are now available; interim payments can provide cash flow sooner, when it’s needed most. Interim payments are 50 per cent of a farmer’s estimated final payment.
    Farmers whose income has declined more than 30 per cent can contact Agricorp to apply for an interim payment. Customers can call Agricorp at 1-888-247-4999 or complete an interim payment application.
    In addition, AgriStability participants who are experiencing financial distress can call Agricorp to ask for their 2018 forms to be prioritized for review.
    ConfConferences, Workshops and Seminars
    OMAFRA Dateline is an online resource for use by interested individuals and organizations across Ontario. Events may be hosted by OMAFRA or other groups. The events posted on this site are aimed at sharing information of interest to agriculture and regional economic development clients. Please check the calendar regularly for upcoming events, workshops, conferences and meetings.
    CAP Workshops & Webinars
    A variety of excellent workshops and webinars are offered at no cost by OSCIA as part of Canadian Agricultural Partnership to assist Ontario farm businesses in identifying strengths and weaknesses in a variety of areas that influence the farm’s profitability, productivity and sustainability. The workshops and webinars each have a different focus and different goals.
     

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    FCC Events
     
    Make the most of your farm business
    Practical tools, new perspectives and breakthrough moments – expand your ag knowledge at a free FCC learning event. We bring the best minds in agriculture to communities across Canada to inform, inspire and help you get the most from your business.
    CAFA Farm Tax and Legal Update
    Join farm advisors on Thursday, October 17 in Waterloo for CAFA’s annual Farm Tax Update.

    Details coming soon at www.cafanet.ca or email info@cafanet.ca.

    Agricultural Excellence Conference (AgEx)
     
    Farm Management Canada
    Cultivating Resilience
     
    The theme Cultivating Resilience focuses on building the capacity for you and your farm to weather any storm and seize opportunity.
     
    December 2 – 4 2019
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
     
    CAFA’s Farm Transition Update
    Thursday, January 23, 2020, Ivey Spencer, London
    Farm Transition education day for farm advisors and farm managers.
    Watch for details at www.cafanet.ca.
    CAFA’s Focus on Women in Farming
    Thursday, April 23, 2020 Ivey Spencer, London
    A day focusing on what women in farming want and need to know.
    Watch for details at www.cafanet.ca.
    CAFA’s Farm Management Update
    Thursday, June 4, 2020, Elmhurst Inn, Ingersoll
    Leading edge farm business management tools and insight.
    Watch for details at www.cafanet.ca.
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    Questions or Comments: contact the editor, John Molenhuis at john.molenhuis@ontario.ca
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  • Kemptville Vegetable Workshop

    on October 22 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Kemptville Vegetable Workshop

    The Veg Team will be coming to Kemptville October 29th and 30th to host two days of Vegetable Pest and Production workshops. The workshops will include field scouting, diagnostics as well as production practices. When not presenting, Amanda Tracey, Dennis Van Dyk, Elaine Roddy and Travis Cranmer will be around to answer specific questions not covered in individual sessions.

    Tuesday, October 29th
    10:00-2:30 Garlic
    2:30-3:30 Cucurbits
    3:30-4:30 Sweet Corn

    Wednesday, October 30th
    9:00-10:30 Potatoes
    10:30-12:00 Tomatoes & Peppers
    1:00-2:00 Onions
    2:00-3:00 Carrot
    3:00-4:00 Brassica Crops

    Grenville Mutual Community Room, 380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville

    The cucurbit, sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrot and brassica crops sessions will focus primarily on pest identification and management. The garlic portion of the workshop is more detailed and will cover clean seed, cultivar selection, seeding density, nutrient testing, scape removal, weed control, crop insurance, harvesting, grading, storing as well as scouting/pest management. This workshop is tailored to everyone including those starting into garlic production or someone who has 30 years of growing experience.

    A colour production and pest management guide containing all the workshop slides will be provided each day. Coffee and refreshments will be provided; lunch on your own.

    Pre-registration is required, please call 1 877 424 1300 or E-mail ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca to register. Please indicate what day you are attending. E-mail any questions to travis.cranmer@ontario.ca.

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  • A Scattered Start For Leek Moth In 2019

    on October 21 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on A Scattered Start For Leek Moth In 2019

    Originally published in the September edition of The Grower

    Leek moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) is a destructive pest of Allium species including onions, shallots and chives, but prefers leeks and garlic. All parts of the plant including the leaves, stems, flower stalks, scapes, and bulbs are targeted. Feeding injury in leeks and green onions renders the crop unmarketable while in garlic the moth destroys leaves, bores into the scape and cloves and also creates an entry point for fungi or bacteria.

    Leek moth was first detected in Canada near Ottawa in 1993 and has since spread west through Ontario, east towards the maritimes (Québec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island), and south into the United States (New York and Vermont). During the 2018 season leek moth was captured throughout Southwestern Ontario and was identified as far west as Lambton and Chatham-Kent counties. So far, leek moth has not been detected in Essex, Elgin, Niagara or Bruce counties.

    Managing leek moth once it is established has shown to be difficult. In areas with high infestations, floating row covers are often the most effective pest management strategy. Row covers are generally hard to implement over large acreages and must be applied prior to adult activity in each generation in order to be effective.

    The efficacy of insecticide applications is difficult to assess. Leek moth larvae are often found near the plant’s meristem or in the stem or scape which makes it difficult to make contact with an insecticide. As the larvae grows older, it ventures out onto the leaf which makes it more vulnerable to the insecticide application. Not all female leek moths lay their eggs the same day, or in the same week, which makes it even more difficult to time an insecticide application. Population peaks vary based on many factors and this year we found fields that were relatively close to each other had different peaks in the leek moth captures.

    The best way to determine the level of leek moth pressure in your field is to monitor using a pheromone trap lined with a removable sticky card (Figure 1). Traps and lures can be purchased from Cooper Mill Ltd (ipm@coopermill.com) and Distributions Solida (info@solida.ca). Order Delta 1 traps with removable liners and mount the trap in the field at the end of April as adult moths emerge from overwintering spots when night temperatures reach 9.5°C. Place at least two traps per field, near the field perimeters, as this is where the highest leek moth numbers are usually observed. Each trap requires at least 14 sticky cards for the season and if the pheromone lure is changed every three weeks, you would require approximately five lures per trap. Extra traps are always a good idea, as traps are sometimes lost or damaged.

    Fig1-Adult leek moth on sticky card accented by the tip of a paperclip.
    Figure 1. Adult leek moth on sticky card accented by the tip of a paperclip.

    This year over 10 conventional and organic garlic and leek fields were monitored in Southern Ontario (Figure 2). There was no clear peak flight of male moths early in the season as there has been in previous years. Many regions in Southwestern Ontario experienced a cool, wet spring which likely influenced the first flight of overwintering adults.

    Fig2-LeekMothChart2019.JPG
    Figure 2. Leek moth counts from multiple traps in garlic and leek fields in various Ontario counties in 2019. No clear peak flight of male moths early in the season as there has been in previous years.

    Insecticide applications are best when targeted at the second generation of leek moth larvae which was between the first week of June to around mid July this year. If the number of overwintering moths trapped was low and minimal damage by first generation larvae was seen in the field, a single insecticide application 10 days after the peak of the second flight would be most effective. If the damage to the crop was moderate to severe the previous year, and/or the trap counts of overwintering moths were high and damage by first generation larvae was observed in the field, two insecticide applications may be necessary. Two applications will target the most larvae if they are applied 3 days after the date of peak moth capture and the second treatment 14 days later. Currently, Matador 120EC, Bioprotec CAF, Delegate WG and Entrust are registered for leek moth management in garlic in Canada. These insecticides are most effective when they make contact with the larvae.

    Renfrew County Leek Moth Captures 2019
    Figure 3. Leek moth counts at a field site in Renfrew county. With no conventional insecticides applied, the level of captured leek moths doubled in 2019 (purple) compared to 2018 (pink) at a site in Renfrew county.

    In 2019 several of the same fields from the previous year were monitored and differences in the adult moth populations were recorded. With no conventional insecticides applied, the level of captured leek moths doubled in 2019 compared to 2018 at a site in Renfrew county (Figure 3). However, exclusion nets at this field site have shown to be quite effective at eliminating insect damage. At a field site in Huron county, two insecticide applications were applied after the second peak in June 2018 corresponding to peak moth counts using sticky cards (Figure 4). Traps counts at this location suggest that the level of leek moths present are much lower here than they were in 2018.

    Huron County Leek Moth Captures 2019
    Figure 4. Leek moth counts at a field site in Huron county in 2018 (light green) and 2019 (dark green). Two insecticide applications were applied after the second peak in June 2018 corresponding to peak moth counts using sticky cards. Research suggests that timing insecticide applications directly after peak insect captures have the best chance at reducing leek moth populations.

    Work is being conducted to evaluate a parasitic wasp as a biocontrol for leek moth. Releases of Diadromus pulchellus in Ontario have been conducted by researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC, Dr. Peter Mason’s lab) over the last decade. Early research shows that D. pulchellus overwinters in Ontario and its impact in reducing leek moth populations in a commercial setting is currently being evaluated.

    Always observe a 3 year or more crop rotation and avoid planting near infested areas from the previous season if possible. Collect and destroy any scapes or stems that show any sign of leek moth damage including the pupae (Figure 4). After the crop is harvested, check for small, 2mm-wide holes in the sheath of the garlic bulb and cloves and cull any that you find. Burying plant debris after harvest will also reduce pupae and larvae populations.

    If you are a grower of garlic, onions, brassicas, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn or cucurbits, you might be interested in an IPM Scouting Workshop in Kemptville October 29th and 30th.  Register by calling the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC) at 1-877-424-1300. The garlic portion will focus on production as well as pest management while most of the remaining information will focus mainly on pest identification and management. Agenda with times for the different crops will be released shortly. E-mail travis.cranmer@ontario.ca if you have any questions.

    We are also hosting a Garlic Production and Pest Management Workshop this winter in Guelph. Topics include purchasing clean seed, row spacing and crop density, cultivar selection, crop insurance options, choosing the right equipment, crop rotation, processing, leek moth management, garlic viruses as well as information on bulb and stem nematode and other garlic diseases. If you or anyone else you know would like to attend the garlic workshop this December, please register by calling the AICC at 1-877-424-1300.

    Garlic Workshop – Production and Pest Management of Ontario Garlic

    • December 4th, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    • 1 Stone Rd. West, Guelph, conference rooms 2 & 3
    • Booklet provided; lunch on your own; pay parking available for $12/day
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  • Vegetable Crop Report – October 10, 2019

    on October 20 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Vegetable Crop Report – October 10, 2019

    NOTE: Degree Day data as of September 27, 2019.

    This will be the final week for the 2019 edition of the VCR. Thank-you to all who followed along this year!

    Did you find the VCR helpful this growing season? Please let us know with a brief survey!

    Temperature – Harvest continues to be underway for for remaining vegetable crops fields across the province . Cooler, seasonal temperatures have been seen in all growing regions with small localized patches of frost  reported in some low lying areas. Continue to monitor weather conditions and take appropriate measures to protect crops still in the field from frost damage where possible.

    Rainfall – September precipitation varied across the province. Continue (when possible) to avoid entering fields which are still wet from precipitation events or morning dew, especially in fields which may be a few a couple of weeks from harvest in the southern portions of the province. This will help to avoid the potential spread of pathogens from plant to plant in the field. Harvesting equipment should be cleansed between the harvesting of fields to avoid the spread of soil-borne pathogens.

    Crop Updates

    Brassica Crops – Harvest continues though out Ontario and the warm weather over the last two weeks has allowed many head brassicas to mature. Flea beetles continue to be a major pest in most areas. Alternaria and bacterial head rot has been a problem for some broccoli and cauliflower plantings. A clubroot pathotype study is underway; if you have Brassicas with clubroot and are interested in determining what pathotype of clubroot is present, E-mail travis.cranmer@ontario.ca for more information. Are you interested in pest and pathogen identification training? Save the date for the spring Brassica IPM workshop – Thursday, April 30th, 2020 at 1 Stone Road in Guelph. A registration announcement will be posted on the ONvegetables blog in early 2020.

    Carrots – It was a great year for carrots as most fields look good above and below ground. Anecdotally cavity spot incidence was up this year, likely from the wet spring we experienced in most regions.

    Celery – Harvest is underway but overall it has been a decent growing season for celery. While there are multiple pathogens present causing celery leaf curl and other diseases, in general the disease incidence is low relative to other years. There is a celery IPM session planned for May 7th, 2020 at 1 Stone Road in Guelph. This workshop will cover scouting for pest and pathogens of celery along with carrots and onions. A registration announcement will be posted on the ONvegetables blog in early 2020.

    Garlic – Garlic planting has started across SW Ontario for the 2020 crop. If you are purchasing planting stock, it is extremely important that you ensure that what you are planting is free of bulb and stem nematode. Even cloves with an intact basal plate and no observable damage may have nematodes present. The UofG Pest Diagnostic Clinic in Guelph as well as A&L labs in London conduct nematode testing. There will be another full day workshop in Guelph on December 4th from 9-4:30 that will cover every part of garlic production including clean seed, cultivar selection, seeding density, nutrient testing, scape removal, weed control, crop insurance, harvesting, grading, storing as well as scouting/pest management. If there is time at the end of the workshop we will go over a cost of production spreadsheet. To register, call the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1 877-424-1300. s. The level of thrips has reached the spray threshold in most areas. Downy mildew was confirmed in Ontario transplant onions a few weeks ago; but conditions have not been favourable for sporulation and infection in the major onion growing regions. Conditions were favourable for pink root and onion smut development this year and will impact the yield in many fields come harvest.

    Onions  Harvest continues for dry bulb onions. Sporulation and infection may have been conducive for downy mildew in the Holland Marsh which has potential to damage late plantings of green onions. The level of Stemphylium leaf blight development seemed to be less than last year and the level of thrips this year was low in most areas. The level of pink root and onion smut seemed to be higher this year but overall yield and quality seems to be good across the province. There is a onion IPM session planned for May 7th, 2020 at 1 Stone Road in Guelph. This workshop will cover scouting for pest and pathogens of onions along with carrots and celery. A registration announcement will be posted on the ONvegetables blog in early 2020.

    Peppers – Many processing and fresh market peppers are staying in the ground until frost, with hand harvesting continuing until then. Overall, the season seemed good for peppers. As of October 10, 2019, there have not been any pepper weevil caught on outdoor traps in Ontario.

    Potatoes – Harvest continues at full speed with most growers on-schedule and storages filling fast. Overall quality looks great with yields variable across the board. Many non-irrigated fields just didn’t get enough rain during bulking to fulfill their potential while some irrigated fields and fields that caught the later rains bulked up nicely. We’ve seen a slight increase in scab incidence likely from the dry weather we experience during tuber initiation. Growers did an excellent job controlling late blight this season as there were no outbreaks, even with some stretches of susceptible weather later in the season

    Tomatoes – Processing tomatoes are wrapping up harvest within the next week or so and fresh market tomatoes will continue until frost. Yields look average compared to other years, though there was a lot of variability between growers and varieties. Bacterial disease was a struggle in both the spring and late summer for many growers, due to the wet conditions.

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  • Fall To Me Is Apples

    on October 18 | in Kim Cooper | by | with Comments Off on Fall To Me Is Apples

    With Labour day behind us and Thanksgiving fast approaching my mind has turned to thoughts of Fall; even though it is technically not here yet. The fruit that says Fall tio me is apples.

    Here is some info on apples.

    Historically apples originated in Central Asia and their wild ancestors can still be found there

    Biological Apples are the fruit of the deciduous tree Malus domestica. Apples are part of the rose family. There are over 7000 varieties of apples grown in the world although not all are produced commercially. Apples do not breed true from seed, which means if you were to save an apple seed and plant it, it would not produce the same variety from which it came. Commercial apple production is based on grafting the cultivar we want to eat onto a rootstock. Different types of apples are used for different end uses. An apple that is best for cider is not usually the best for fresh eating. Apples are self-incompatible; they must cross-pollinate to develop fruit. An average apple tree will produce 20 bushels of apples A bushel of apples weights about 42 pounds.

    It takes:

    Two pounds of apples to make a pie. Four apples to make a glass of apple juice. 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.

    Nutritionally Apples are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol. They are approximately 80 calories and have 5 grams of fiber but if you peel your apple you lose most of the fibre.

    The only apples native to north America are crab apples.

    In Ontario there are over 15 000 acres of apples in over 15 varieties. The top five varieties in Ontario are McIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, and Empire

    Total world production of apples is approx. 83 million metric tonnes and half of this is produced in China

    The apple genome has 57 ,000 genes which is more than any plant studied so far and more than the human genome (which was approximately 30,000 genes)

    Some of the many ways to eat apples include apple pie, apple crisp, apple cake, apple sauce (which you can also use to make apple sauce cake), apple butter, apple jelly, candy apples and caramel apples

    Apples can also be drank: apple juice, apple cider (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic , called hard cider)

    Our local apple producers have many varieties and many delicious apple products for you to enjoy. Make sure you get some and remember “ an apple a day keeps the doctor away”

    Chris White lives in former Harwich township next door to where he grew up. Chris has been employed in Agri Business for 20 years. He is passionate about food and rural communities and agriculture. He can be reached at white.christopherdavid@gmail.com

    “Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agriculture website at: wegrowfortheworld.com”

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  • Nova Fungicide Label Expanded Via Minor Use Program For Control Of Powdery Mildew On Globe Artichokes And Greenhouse Eggplant In Canada

    on October 17 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Nova Fungicide Label Expanded Via Minor Use Program For Control Of Powdery Mildew On Globe Artichokes And Greenhouse Eggplant In Canada

    J. Chaput, OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator, Guelph

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of URMULE registrations for NovaTM Fungicide for control of powdery mildew on globe artichokes and greenhouse eggplant in Canada. NovaTM Fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

    These minor use projects were submitted by Ontario’s minor use program as a result of minor use priorities established by growers and extension personnel.

    The following is provided as an abbreviated, general outline only. Users should be making pest management decisions within a robust integrated pest management program and should consult the complete label before using NovaTM Fungicide.

    Crop(s) Target Rate (g/ha) Application Information PHI (days)
    Globe Artichokes Powdery mildew
    (Erysiphe cichoracearum; Leveillula taurica)
    280 Begin applications when disease first appears or when conditions favor disease development. Repeat application at 14-day intervals and a maximum of 6 applications per year. For best results use a minimum of 1000 L of spray volume. 3
    Greenhouse Eggplant Powdery mildew
    (Leveillula taurica; Oidium neolycopersici)
    340 Begin application as soon as possible after initial infection. Maximum 1 application per crop cycle. Apply as a foliar spray in a maximum spray volume of 1000 L water/ha. 3

    NovaTM Fungicide is toxic to birds, small wild mammals, aquatic organisms and non-target terrestrial plants. The use of this chemical may result in contamination of groundwater particularly in areas where soils are permeable (i.e. sandy soil) and/or the depth to the water table is shallow. Do not contaminate aquatic habitats when spraying or when cleaning and rinsing spray equipment or containers.

    Follow all other precautions and directions for use on the NovaTM Fungicide label carefully.

    For a copy of the new minor use label contact your local crop specialist, regional supply outlet or visit the PMRA label site https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/consumer-product-safety/pesticides-pest-management/registrants-applicants/tools/pesticide-label-search.html

    Note: This article is not intended to be an endorsement or recommendation for this particular product, but rather a notice of registration activity

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  • Vegetable Crop Report – September 19, 2019

    on October 16 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Vegetable Crop Report – September 19, 2019

    Temperature – Degree day values continued to steadily grow this week despite cooler daytime and night temperatures. Chatham and Essex, have continued to stay on track with their average degree day accumulation while the remaining growing regions continue to accumulate below their average values.

    Rainfall – Precipitation continued this week with all region receiving rainfall. Most regions are at, or above the halfway point of their respective precipitation averages. Essex county in particular is quickly approaching its monthly average, and on its way to exceed it should rainfall continue in the region. Continue (when possible) to avoid entering fields which are still wet from precipitation events or morning dew, especially in fields which still have a few more weeks of growing before harvest. This will help to avoid the potential spread of pathogens from plant to plant in the field

    Crop Updates

    Brassica Crops – Fresh market cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are being harvested. The latest plantings are establishing well and the warm weather forecasted for the next two weeks should allow for some late season growth. Alternaria, flea beetles and diamondback moth were found in high levels this year and flea beetles continue to be a major pest in some fields. Bacterial head rot has also been found to be a problem again this year in both southwestern and eastern Ontario. Brussels Sprouts are maturing and harvest will likely start in early fields over the next few

    Carrots – With the cooler weather, carrots are really bulking up nicely. We’ve seen some cavity spot on harvested carrots and leaf blights have also been increasing with the cooler weather and closed canopies. Continue to monitor for leaf blight and use a spray threshold of 25% incidence in the field.

    Celery – Harvest is underway. Multiple pathogens are present causing celery leaf curl, white mold and bacterial rots but disease incidence is low relative to other years.

    Garlic – Yields were down over 25% across the province this season and a cloudy spring as well as a winter of flooding and freeze/thaw cycles are being blamed for a decrease in yield. Planting has started across SW Ontario for the 2020 crop. Register for the December 4th garlic workshop by calling the AICC at 1 877 424-1300.

    Onions – Harvest is underway in transplants and direct seeded onions. The level of thrips has reached the spray threshold in most areas. Downy mildew was confirmed in Ontario transplant onions a few weeks ago; but conditions have not been favourable for sporulation and infection in the major onion growing regions. Conditions were favourable for pink root and onion smut development this year and will impact the yield in many fields come harvest.

    Potatoes – Many fields are being top-killed currently in preparation for harvest. There have been multiple reports of late blight in New York close to the Ontario border so remain vigilant in scouting for late blight. Refer to Publication 838 for fungicides registered to prevent tuber blight.

    Peppers – Fresh market growers are continuing to hand harvest. Growers that plan to keep their crop until frost should expected decreased fruit set and size due to the cooler night time temperatures. Some processing peppers have started their bulk, destructive harvest, though most are still hand picking. The pepper weevil survey will be continuing until the end of September. As of Friday, September 13, no pepper weevils have been observed on outdoor traps.

    Tomatoes – Harvest is ongoing in both fresh market and processing tomatoes. Processing tomatoes yields looks like they will be average, at least. Fresh market growers planning to keep their crop in until frost should be aware of bacterial diseases, which are affecting both fruit and foliage. Also, growers should be on the look out for late blight as a new report from New York states there is now late blight on tomatoes

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  • This Thanksgiving, Thank a Farmer

    on October 10 | in Kim Cooper | by | with Comments Off on This Thanksgiving, Thank a Farmer

    We all know Thanksgiving as a time of year to stop and appreciate all the wonderful things in our lives. It’s a time to step back, recognize, and give thanks for all the people in our lives and everything else that brings us happiness. We also look forward to celebrating the day with an amazing feast, surrounded by love, laughter, and tasty foods. Thanksgiving dinner has to be one of the most anticipated meals of the year, or at least in my home, and a large part of that comes from one group of people: farmers.

    Every Thanksgiving our tables are full of freshly harvested food to share with our friends, family and loved ones. If you have ever wondered where this abundance of delicious food comes from, you are not alone. According to a recent nationwide survey, 93 per cent of Canadians report that they know little or nothing about farming. The good news is though, that two thirds of those people want to know more.

    And, as I mentioned earlier, it is important to appreciate and thank our farmers in Chatham-Kent for all of the hard work they do everyday so that we all have access to a variety of healthy, delicious and affordable food throughout the year.

    Early mornings. Long days. Late nights. Rain, snow, sleet, shine, and most recently, flooding. And clocking in a 40-hour work week by Tuesday or Wednesday. This is the “9 to 5 job” for many of our agricultural producers in CK.

    Over several decades, agriculture has changed to feed not only those who are actively involved in farming, but the rest of the world. In 1960, one farmer could feed 26 people which may seem like a lot. Today, one farmer feeds 155 people. Without our farmers, we would be one hungry community! This fact seems to put in perspective just how important our farmers are.

    While the agriculture world continues to evolve and grow, one thing is for certain. Whether you choose to eat GMO, organic, gluten-free, Paleo, Keto or otherwise this Thanksgiving, you can be sure a farmer somewhere produced it for you.

    We go to the store and carefully pick out each ingredient, forgetting about the feeding, processing, packaging and inspection that goes into everything we buy.

    No matter if you grew up on a farm or in an urban area like yours truly, your Thanksgiving feast was grown by a farmer who has dedicated their life to bringing it to your table.

    As you give thanks on Monday October 14th, don’t forget those who provide for us throughout the year. Thank a farmer.

    God Bless,

    Anthony

    Remember that here in Chatham-Kent “We Grow for the World.” Check out our community agriculture website at wegrowfortheworld.com

    Anthony Wilson is an Economic Development Officer with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and can be reached at anthonyw@chatham-kent.ca

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  • Current Late Blight Risk In Ontario Field Tomatoes

    on October 2 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Current Late Blight Risk In Ontario Field Tomatoes

    By: Amanda Tracey, Vegetable Crops Specialist, OMAFRA, Ridgetown and Cheryl Trueman, Department of Plant Agriculture, Ridgetown Campus – University of Guelph

    As mentioned in a previous post, this is Year 1 of a three-year research project to assess the value of different spore traps and forecasting models to predict late blight risk for field tomatoes. We are comparing the Spornado and rotorod spore traps at eight sites in Kent County (Fig. 1), along with the BliteCast forecasting model.
    DNA of Phytophthora infestans, the organism that causes late blight, was detected bySpornado traps at 1 of 8 sites for the August 22-26 sampling period (Table 1).
    Rotorod traps detected spores of P. infestans at 7 of 8 sites for the August 19-22 sampling period and 0 of 8 sites for the August 22-26 sampling period (Table 1).

    Aug 28.2019 LB Spore Trap results table

    Table 1. Number of sites out of eight (8) in Kent County, with a positive detection forPhythophthora infestans, the organism that causes late blight.
    * first sampling period with a positive detection for late blight.
    – data currently unavailable

    Late blight symptoms have been confirmed on a few potato plants in Norfolk County.

    Late blight caused by the US-23 genotype has been observed in Wisconsin on potato and in New York and Pennsylvania on tomato and potato, but there are no reports of symptoms on any crops in Michigan.

    A summary of fungicides for late blight management is available here.

    If you suspect late blight in your tomato crop, please reach out to Amanda Tracey (Amanda.tracey@ontario.ca, 519-350-7134) to confirm the diagnosis. Cheryl is away on parental leave and will not be available for the remainder of the growing season.

    Project collaborators: Tomecek Agronomic Services, Sporometrics, Phytodata, and Genevieve Marchand (AAFC).

    Funding acknowledgement: Ontario Tomato Research Institute, Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario, and the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance.

    Links to previous late blight posts from the 2019 season: June 20July 10July 20August 7, August 14, August 21.

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  • Let’s Talk Agriculture

    on October 1 | in Kim Cooper | by | with Comments Off on Let’s Talk Agriculture

    I was recently driving on Highway 40 towards Wallaceburg and noticed some short, light green, looking soybeans but after a couple minutes it dawned on me that they were actually dry edible beans – well more specifically white beans. You probably know them best as the beans used in baked beans or the ones that the English have for breakfast – a full English breakfast that is! Anyways, the term dry beans is a little misleading as people call them many different names such as dry beans, edible beans, dry edible beans, common beans or even legumes but whatever you call them the term includes many different types of beans but the main types of dry edible beans grown in Ontario are kidney, cranberry, black, otebo, and adzuki (or azuki) beans as well as the white bean also known as navy bean (called the navy bean because the US Navy has served the beans as a staple to its sailors since the mid-1800s).

    Dry edible beans belong to the plant family called legumes (which also include alfalfa, peanuts and clover among many others) and the crop is typically grown under contract with over 80% of production being exported to the UK, Spain, Italy and Japan which are high end markets because Ontario grows some of the best quality dry beans in the world.

    Although dry edible beans grow and look similar to soybeans they however require special cultural management practices for optimum quality and profitability.  They are not nearly as “hands off” as the soybean. Dry edible beans grow best in soils with excellent soil structure and good drainage therefore they cannot be grown in just any Ontario soil unlike the soybean. However, the seedbed requirements are similar to those for soybeans, including a firm seedbed to enhance a uniform planting depth and good seed-to-soil contact to promote rapid and uniform emergence.  A rotation where beans are grown only once in 3 years (or longer) is essential to avoid the build-up of diseases. The most common diseases encouraged by short rotations are root rots and white mould. Options for controlling annual broadleaf and perennial weeds with herbicides are limited in dry edible beans, so ideally weeds should be controlled in the previous crop. Weeds present at harvest may also create quality problems (i.e., seed staining) and reduce harvest efficiency and decrease the value of the crop.

    Dry edible beans are typically planted in the late spring and harvested in mid-fall and are sensitive to damage at harvest and since they are sold based on eye appeal, seed coat quality and colour are very important. Producing beans that are clean, bright and whole is the ultimate goal and timely harvest is paramount to maintaining quality. The ideal moisture range for harvest is between 16% to 20% and therefore harvesting outside this range will reduce quality.

    As a food, beans can play a role in reducing the risks of developing some chronic conditions and diseases. Edible beans give us the richest source of vegetable protein within our food supply. They are cholesterol free and low in fat, as well as a very high source of dietary fibre. Beans are also an excellent source of energy containing complex carbohydrates as well as a host of vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. The bean’s mix of dietary fibre and complex starches give beans an incredibly low Gylcemic Index. Bean rich diets have been shown to prolong satiety. Beans have been noted to impart other health benefits in that they may help in the control of intestinal disorders (colorectal cancer, and irritable bowel syndrome) and cardiovascular disease.

    Information gleaned from Ontario Bean Growers website and OMAFRA website.

    Daryl Vermey was born and raised on a farrow to finish, cash crop family farm just outside of Blenheim, Ontario and has worked in many capacities in the Canadian agricultural industry for both non-profit and for profit companies. Feel free to reach out to him via email at dvermey@gmail.com.

    “Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’.  Check out our community’s agriculture website at: wegrowfortheworld.com

     

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  • Tilt Foliar Fungicide Label Expanded Via Minor Use Program For Control Of Cercospora Leaf Spot On Garden Beets In Canada

    on September 26 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Tilt Foliar Fungicide Label Expanded Via Minor Use Program For Control Of Cercospora Leaf Spot On Garden Beets In Canada

    J. Chaput, OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator, Guelph

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Tilt 250E® Foliar Fungicide for control of Cercospora Leaf Spot on garden beets in Canada. Tilt 250E® Foliar Fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control / suppression of several diseases.

    The following is provided as an abbreviated, general outline only. Users should be making pest management decisions within a robust integrated disease management program and should consult the complete label before using Tilt 250E® Foliar Fungicide.

    Crop(s) Target Rate (mL/ha) Application Information PHI (days)
    Garden beets Cercospora Leaf Spot 500 Apply prior to when conditions are favourable for disease development. Repeat at 10 – 14 day intervals until conditions are no longer favourable for disease development. Apply a maximum of two applications per season. 14

    Follow all precautions and detailed directions for use on the Tilt 250E® Foliar Fungicide label carefully.

    For a copy of the new minor use label contact your local crop specialist, regional supply outlet or visit the PMRA label site http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/registrant-titulaire/tools-outils/label-etiq-eng.php

    Note:  This article is not intended to be an endorsement or recommendation for this particular product, but rather a notice of registration activity

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  • Current Late Blight Risk In Ontario Field Tomatoes

    on September 25 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Current Late Blight Risk In Ontario Field Tomatoes

    By: Amanda Tracey, Vegetable Crops Specialist, OMAFRA, Ridgetown and Cheryl Trueman, Department of Plant Agriculture, Ridgetown Campus – University of Guelph

    As mentioned in a previous post, this is Year 1 of a three-year research project to assess the value of different spore traps and forecasting models to predict late blight risk for field tomatoes. We are comparing the Spornado and rotorod spore traps at eight sites in Kent County (Fig. 1), along with the BliteCast forecasting model.
    DNA of Phytophthora infestans, the organism that causes late blight, was detected bySpornado traps at 0 of 8 sites for August 12-15 sampling period 4 of 8 sites for the August 15-19 sampling period (Table 1).
    Rotorod traps detected spores of P. infestans at 3 of 8 sites for the August 12-15 sampling period and 3 of 8 sites for the August 15-19 sampling period (Table 1).

    Table 1. Number of sites out of eight (8) in Kent County, with a positive detection for Phythophthora infestans, the organism that causes late blight.
    * first sampling period with a positive detection for late blight.

    Late blight symptoms caused by the US-23 genotype have been observed in New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on tomato and/or potato. However, there are no reports of symptoms on any crops in Ontario or Michigan.

    A summary of fungicides for late blight management is available here.

    If you suspect late blight in your tomato crop, please reach out to Amanda Tracey (Amanda.tracey@ontario.ca, 519-350-7134) to confirm the diagnosis. Cheryl is away on parental leave and will not be available for the remainder of the growing season.

    Project collaborators: Tomecek Agronomic Services, Sporometrics, Phytodata, and Genevieve Marchand (AAFC).

    Funding acknowledgement: Ontario Tomato Research Institute, Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario, and the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance.

    Links to previous late blight posts from the 2019 season: June 20July 10July 20August 7August 14.

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  • Chatham-Kent Agriculture And Tacos!

    on September 24 | in Kim Cooper | by | with Comments Off on Chatham-Kent Agriculture And Tacos!

    Hello again, after my good friend and mentor, Kim Cooper, decided to officially retire this month, I decided that I would be part of a team that continues with his weekly farming article. And yes, it really does take four of us to replace one Kim Cooper!!  This article is dedicated to Kim Cooper, and for all of the hard work and sacrifices he made for over 40 years in Chatham-Kent.  I will forever be thankful for our friendship and in awe of the wisdom he shared.

    For my second CK Agriculture article, I am going to highlight some of the great achievements in our CK agriculture sector and tie it in to something that I know will get everyone’s attention: tacos!  Yes, tacos!  In fact, when I was telling my two boys, 13 and 14 years old, about all of the great things that our agriculture sector produces here in CK, and why that matters, it really only sunk into them how important it was when I tied it in to their love for tacos.

    So, what is the deal with tacos anyways?  A taco, by definition is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and cheese, allowing great versatility and variety. tacos are generally eaten without utensils, often garnished with salsa, chili pepper, avocado, guacamole, cilantro (coriander), tomatoes, onions, and lettuce.  After reading that definition and cleaning up my drool, I look at all of the typical ingredients and continue to appreciate our agriculture sector even more.  Lets look at these ingredients and recognize where they come from.

    First, we have a corn or wheat tortilla.  Well, I will tell you first and foremost that Chatham-Kent is the number 1 producer of seed corn in Canada.  Not just Ontario, but the entire country.  No seed corn, no tortilla!

    After the tortilla, we add beef.  Chatham-Kent is home to a number of beef farms and processors like Buis Beef, J&E Meats, Schinkels, Lenovers and many more.

    Now we have our shell and beef, and if you’re adventurous, fish, let’s load this taco up!  I would add lettuce, peppers, cheese, salsa, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and chili pepper.  Proudly, I will also tell you that our Agriculture sector in CK has that covered too.  Here are some more facts:

    • Chatham-Kent is the number one producer of tomatoes in all of Canada
    • CK is the number one producer of field peppers in all of Ontario
    • CK is the number one producer of cucumbers in all of Canada
    • CK also has the world’s largest fresh water commercial fishing port (Wheatley) in the world

    Just think, if Chatham-Kent decided to stop being a national leader in producing these bountiful meats and vegetables, we would have a taco shortage.  Imagine that! I cannot even bare the thought.

    Here is some more food for thought in Chatham-Kent’s Agriculture sector.  Chatham-Kent:

    • Is the number one producer of Brussels sprouts in all of Canada
    • Is the number one producer of black tobacco in all of Canada
    • Is the number one producer of pumpkins in all of Canada
    • Is the number two producer of sugar beets in all of Canada
    • Is the number one producer of green peas in all of Ontario
    • Is the number one producer of quail in all of Ontario
    • Is the number two producer of asparagus in all of Ontario
    • Grows over 70 different crops
    • Is 90 per cent rural by area, but only 30 per cent of the population of 104,000 live in rural areas
    • Soybeans, corn, and wheat are the three major crops in Chatham-Kent in terms of acreage
    • Agriculture is responsible for over 16,000 jobs in Chatham-Kent
    • Each farmer in Chatham-Kent produces enough to feed 120 people
    • There are over 2,000 farms, which account for four per cent of Ontario’s total farms

    So there you have it, I was able to talk about my love for both Chatham-Kent’s agriculture community and tacos.  In fact, you can’t have tacos without our agriculture.  Both are exciting to talk about, both feed families, and both taste great!

    I will also request that we as a community continue to support our local famers and shops that sell these wonderful foods.  Remember, Amazon is great, but they won’t support your children’s hockey team or sponsor you in a run for charity!

    Hint.  For those of you attending the League of Business Trivia event in Wallaceburg, on August 28th, some of this information may be important to you.

    In closing, I will say that while I also profess a life filled with fitness, Right now, I am also about fitness’ whole taco in my mouth!

    God bless,

    Anthony

     

     

    Remember that here in Chatham-Kent “We Grow for the World.”  Check out our community agriculture website at wegrowfortheworld.com

     

    Anthony Wilson is an Economic Development Officer with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and can be reached at anthonyw@chatham-kent.ca

     

     

     

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  • Kemptville Vegetable Workshop

    on September 23 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Kemptville Vegetable Workshop

    The Veg Team will be coming to Kemptville October 29th and 30th to host two days of Vegetable Pest and Production workshops. The workshops will include field scouting, diagnostics as well as production practices. When not presenting, Amanda Tracey, Dennis Van Dyk, Elaine Roddy and Travis Cranmer will be around to answer specific questions not covered in individual sessions.

    Tuesday, October 29th
    10:00-2:30 Garlic
    2:30-3:30 Cucurbits
    3:30-4:30 Sweet Corn

    Wednesday, October 30th
    9:00-10:30 Potatoes
    10:30-12:00 Tomatoes & Peppers
    1:00-2:00 Onions
    2:00-3:00 Carrot
    3:00-4:00 Brassica Crops

    Grenville Mutual Community Room, 380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville

    The cucurbit, sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrot and brassica crops sessions will focus primarily on pest identification and management. The garlic portion of the workshop is more detailed and will cover clean seed, cultivar selection, seeding density, nutrient testing, scape removal, weed control, crop insurance, harvesting, grading, storing as well as scouting/pest management. This workshop is tailored to everyone including those starting into garlic production or someone who has 30 years of growing experience.

    A colour production and pest management guide containing all the workshop slides will be provided each day. Coffee and refreshments will be provided; lunch on your own.

    Pre-registration is required, please call 1 877 424 1300 or E-mail ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca to register. Please indicate what day you are attending. E-mail any questions to travis.cranmer@ontario.ca.

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Chatham-Kent Is The NUMBER TWO Producer Of Sugar Beets In All Of Canada.



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