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Unusually warm weather has hastened the flowering of many trees, shrubs and bulbs! Although we have more seasonable daytime high’s in the forecast for the next week, night time low’s will be above 0C in southern Ontario. Silver maples may still be blooming north of Hwy #9 but they have finished blooming to the south. Continue reading
Remember this? This is what apple scab can do to many of our older, susceptible apple, crabapple, hawthorn cultivars after cool, wet springs. Disease inoculum (sporulating structures called “pseudothecia”) can be found inside overwintered fallen leaves from 2020, waiting for enough heat and moisture to be able to be fertilized, mature and release infective two-celled “ascospores” in the rain and wind. (If you inspect old apple leaves, the pseudothecia resemble black dots.) If we get another cool spring with frequent precipitation during leaf emergence periods, we could be heading into another perfect storm for disease. Continue reading
Some milder day and night temperatures are forecasted this week, making it a good time for dormant horticultural oil applications in many areas of southern Ontario. (Photo by: P. J. Jentsch_Cornell. Susceptible, overwintering nymphs of San Jose scale on Malus). I have also seen San Jose scale on Prunus x cistena, purple-leaf sandcherry).
Join us online for the 2021 Nursery Growers Short Course. This year’s theme is Growing & Thriving and the speaker lineup is sure to add to your growing success!Continue reading
Have you applied for OMAFRA’s Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP), to help mitigate risks and costs from COVID??? If not, there’s still time!
Funding continues to be available until February 26th, 2021 on a first come, first serve basis. Funding up to $15,000 per farm is available for preventative health and safety measures. Up to $100,000 is available per property for on-farm worker safety improvement programs.
Links to expenses covered under the EAWPP program are included in the post below. Additionally, OMAFRA is running a webinar on Feb 2nd, 2021 to help growers navigate applying for the different program categories. Keep reading for details.
DID YOUR FARM BUSINESS incur costs related to COVID-19? Funding is available to help mitigate costs in the following categories:
- Preventative Occupational Health and Safety Measures for preventative occupational health and safety measures such as personal protective and medical testing equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection supplies and more. Learn more
- Worker Wages and Isolation Expenses for worker wages and isolation cost reimbursements for workplace positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts ordered to isolate. Learn more
- On-Farm Worker Safety Improvement Program for farm worker safety infrastructure projects up to $100,000 such as housing or workplace modifications and equipment to enhance health and safety of workers. Learn more
Eligible applications for cost-share funding related to worker protection will be received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available OR until February 26th, 2021. This means it may be an advantage to submit an application as early as possible.
WHAT: Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program Webinar
WHEN: February 2nd, 12:00pm (1 hr)
Description: Funding is available through this program to help eligible farm businesses with expenses related to the COVID-19 response. Bradley Shaw from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will provide an overview of the program, eligible expenses and how to submit your application. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
HOW: Register for this Zoom meeting using the link below!
For more details, a one-page summary (with links) can be downloaded here: EAWPP-Handout_Letter_EN-AODADownload
Or, contact OMAFRA at: 1-877-424-1300 or email@example.com or http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/agrifoodprogram.htm – French language services are available
“Surface Water Quality Management in Ornamental Horticulture“
By: Dr. Jeanine West, Phytoserv
January 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. (PST) / 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Dealing appropriately with water issues is arguably one of the most important concerns facing today’s horticultural sector. There are numerous regulations at municipal, provincial and federal levels that govern access to water as well as the implications associated with run-off water. Growers have responded by constructing elaborate pond and water recycling systems but are now challenged to maintain the quality of water in their pond systems required to keep their modern irrigation systems operable. In this webinar Dr. Jeanine West will share water quality management strategies based on her expertise and preliminary research findings. Time will be allocated for Q&A.