Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program: Additional Funding

Enhaced Worker Protection Program

On May 14, 2020 the ministry announced the launch of the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program for Producers.   The government has recently announced an additional $11.6 M in funding.

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Oh NO! Did you MISS the Surviving Covid-19 Town Hall for Growers and Garden Centres on Tuesday?

Opportunity Missed and Taken Green Road Sign and Clouds
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Wholesale Nursery and Garden Centres? Your Covid-19 Town Hall is Tuesday, Nov 24 at 5 pm!

Surviving COVID-19: Town Hall for Growers and Retail
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Temporary Mild Weather Spell Supports Fall Dormant Oil App’s

MagScaleNymphs

Now that trees have dropped their leaves and the weather has turned mild for a bit, hort professionals have a short bonus shot at managing overwintering plant pests! The full, dormant rate of horticultural oil is excellent for smothering juvenile stages of insects this time of year as long as the application isn’t followed too closely by a significant freeze event.  Magnolia scale (photo above, overwintering nymphs in autumn) populations were Continue reading

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Have You Seen This Red and Black Bug?

Red bug with black markings

Adult European firebug (Photo: J. Llewellyn)

It looks like a boxelder bug doesn’t it?  Ah, but boxelder bugs have a lot more solid black on their wings.  Maybe a milkweed bug? No, they have red and black wings but no black circles like this one. Can’t find it in any of your reference books?  Wait a minute….maybe its not from North America.

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IPM in The Middle of August

  We recently cracked a case of stunted, distorted leaves and premature leaf drop on honeylocust this week….

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Watch Our For Hot Spots of Magnolia Scale

MagnoliaScaleJuly28Magnolia scale females have given birth to live young, and these tiny, dark crawlers have started to venture out to feed on twigs in the landscape.  Signs of magnolia scale include honeydew: sticky leaves and sticky residue on vehicles and outdoor furniture underneath infested trees; Ants and Wasps attracted to the honeydes; Black sooty mould growing opportunistically on the honeydew residue; and of course, foliar chlorosis and premature leaf drop from the feeding damage.

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2020 – The Year of the MITES!

The UN-ENDING HEAT and SUN of the 2020 growing season has supported high populations of spider mites. Be on the lookout for spider mites with this informative post on the detection and management of spider mites!
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The Friday Report – July 24, 2020

Adult male Gypsy moth
Adult Male Gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar) can be found flying in crazy, zig-zag patterns near the ground just about everywhere this year! Note the huge antennae on male moths…all the better to intercept female sex pheromones, my dear!
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The Friyay Report – July 17th

FemaleGypsyMoth (Lymantria dispar)
Flightless, adult female Gypsy moths are crawling up trunks and laying their eggs in bark crevices. Ontario is seeing moderate-severe infestation levels of Gypsy moth across the province this year.
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