March 22, 2016 | Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Publication 360, Guide to Fruit Production is now available on the OMAFRA website by clicking here.
March 8, 2016 – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and partner organizations, has developed new voluntary biosecurity standard that will help protect Canada's fruit and tree nut industry from plant pests and diseases.
The standard for the fruit and nut tree industry:
Producers may adopt the standard in its entirety or use portions of it to supplement existing biosecurity programs. Funding to develop the standard has been provided under the Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Policy Framework.
The 2016 Insight Conference was held Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The speaker presentations are found in the links as follows:
Thriving in the Expression Economy - Ron Tite (Branding and Creativity Expert)
Road Map to Style for Cool Climate Whites - Justine Vanden Heuvel (Cornell University)
Wine Business Institute Wine Sector Outlook - Dr. Damien Wilson (Sonoma State University)
Wine Trends & Sales at LCBO - Shari Mogk-Edwards (LCBO)
LCBO Update - Pamela Lawson (LBCO)
December 1, 2015 | OMAFRA
A new Airblast 101 Handbook is available to airblast sprayer operators, researchers and regulators. The full-colour 206 page handbook is written in conversational language and has more than 200 illustrations. Ring-bound with a water-resistant cover, it can be used in the office as easily as in the tractor. The handbook covers all things “airblast” from safety inspections and maintenance, to mixing and calibration, to cleaning and winterizing. It also explains techniques to improve spray coverage and reduce unnecessary waste.
Source: Wendy McFadden-Smith, Tender Fruit and Grape IPM Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
2015 Bud Survival Survey for Niagara area Vineyards
The Phase 1 Bud Survival Survey prepared for the Grape Growers of Ontario by KCMS- Applied Research and Consulting has been released March 2015 and is found by clicking here.
Water & Wine is a practical online platform designed to meet the water needs of Ontario winemakers. By improving water performance, wineries can reduce costs, mitigate risks, and better prepare for growth.
INSIGHT 2015 CONFERENCE
The 2015 Insight Conference was held Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The speaker presentations are found in the links as follows:
Agenda and Biographies
Wine Region Reputations and Wine Wars - Mike Veseth (The Wine Economist)
Weather and Climate in Canada - David Phillips (Environment Canada)
Sales and Trends: Wine at the LCBO - Shari Mogk-Edwards (LCB0)
Consumer Research and Insights - Pamela Lawson (LCBO)
The Blink Factor: Owning the At-Purchase Moment - Jean-Pierre Lacroix (Shikatani Lacroix)
OMAFRA LAUNCHES ONFRUIT BLOG
If you are a commercial fruit (grape) grower in Ontario, sign up for the new ONfruit blog. Fruit specialists from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) contribute to the blog and can answer technical questions you may have. All information is specific to growing fruit in Ontario.
Topics on the blog include:
2014 AGRICORP PROGRAMS
This presentation provides outlines to the programs that Agricorp provides for grapes and grapevines.
2014 INSIGHT SUMMIT PRESENTATIONS
The 4th Annual Insight Ontario Grape and Wine Insight Conference held on March 4, 2014, was sponsored by Andrew Peller Limited, Constellation Brands Canada, Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO), Wine Council of Ontario (WCO) and Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario (WGAO).
LEAF ROLL AND RED BLOTCH PRESENTATIONS
A survey of the incidence of leaf roll and red blotch was completed in September 2013 through an Ontario Farm Innovation Program (OFIP) grant. These are the presentations from a leaf roll and red blotch workshop. Learn about the diseases, vectors and possible mitigation strategies.
Leafroll in Commercial Vineyards in New York - March Fuchs
Symptoms and Biology of Leafroll and Red Blotch Diseases - Marc Fuchs
Vectors of Leafroll Disease - Greg Loeb
Ontario Grape virus survey 2013 - Wendy McFadden-Smith
GLRaV Symptoms - Lorne Stobbs
Grape-growing regions around the world routinely practice irrigation in their vineyards. Unlike many of these viticulture areas, however, Ontario is considered a cool-climate grape growing region. As such, vine water stress is not as prevalent. Learn how to properly manage soil moisture to maximize vine quality.
Vineland Research and Innovation Center
From the Ground Up
Are you considering a new tank mix this year? Perhaps two new fungicides, or an adjuvant you want to try? Be sure you know what you're doing before you risk an untested tank mix.
MINISTRY OF LABOUR STANDARDS
Planning your fungicide program is becoming more challenging with many products containing the same fungicide families and others containing more than one. The following tables provide guidance on which products should not be used in back-to-back applications in order to reduce the probability of resistance developing.
The following table (on pgs 3 & 4) was developed as a means of summarizing the information provided in OMAF and MRA Publication 360, Guide to Fruit Production 2012-13, including new products for 2013. It highlights the periods during the growing season when specific diseases may be a problem and which fungicides are recommended at a particular growth stage. This will vary somewhat depending on the susceptibility of the grape variety, the weather conditions and the history of disease in the vineyard.
The following table was developed as a means of summarizing the information provided in OMAFRA Publication 360 – Fruit Production Recommendations 2012-13, including new products for 2013. It highlights the periods during the growing season when specific insects/mites may be a problem and which insecticides are recommended at a particular growth stage.
GUIDE TO FRUIT PRODUCTION 2012-2013
This publication provides recommendations for the commercial production of fruit crops including apples, pears, tender fruit, berries and tree nuts. New for 2012 are pest management calendars for day-neutral strawberries and fall-bearing raspberries. This publication includes a comprehensive section on thinning tree fruits. Pest management guidelines are presented in a calendar format. Technical information on products is easy to look up in the many tables in this publication. Chapters on resistance management, reduced risk products and biopesticides, and spray application technology have been extensively updated. This publication also provides crop by crop information on fertilizer rates, tables for interpreting soil and tissue analysis and information on micronutrients.
2013 INSIGHT SUMMIT PRESENTATIONS
Any farm practice involving the management of water, nutrients, land use, construction or other environmentally related activity raises certain legal obligations for the person undertaking that farm practice. This Factsheet gives an overview of the federal and provincial laws that could affect farming operations.
There are many bird control strategies: visual (streamers, balloons, lights, fake hawks); physical (nets), and acoustical deterrents (electronic sound devices, pyrotechnic pistols). Experts agree a combination of methods is required.
Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) is an invasive vinegar fly from Asia that can, cause extensive damage to soft-skinned fruits before harvest. Read up on monitoring and management of this pest.
Dr. Vincenzo DeLuca Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
as part of the Annual CCOVI Lecture Series.
Kevin Ker, CCOVI Professional Affiliate and Industry consultant at KCMS Applied Research and Consulting as part of the Annual CCOVI Lecture Series.
2012 INSIGHT SUMMIT PRESENTATIONS
Insight Summit Agenda
Canada’s Position in the Global Wine Market
Today's Consumer - Tomorrow's Challenge - on Both Sides of the Border
Winning at Home
Thriving Vineyards: Global Turbulence, Local Resilience
Economist Don Drummond, chair of The Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services released its report on the Ontario economy February 15, 2012.
OMAFRA shows what a grapevine should be going through during each stage of growth during the growing and dormant season.
In recent weeks, spotted wing drosophila (SWD) populations have increased throughout Ontario. This is the Otnario Berry Grower Report.
Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario
Setting the standard for Ontario’s wines of origin
2011 Annual Report
Aligning the Ontario Grape Supply and Demand: A Varietal Plan for the Grape and Wine Industry Final Report
Completed by the George Morris Centre, 2010
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs recently released the Ontario Grape Integrated Pest Management module. Grapes are produced in Ontario under diverse soil and climatic conditions. The goal is producing a high quality crop using sustainable production techniques, including a pest management system. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been used in Ontario grape vineyards since 1978, and is a dynamic and evolving process. There are many pests to watch for but not all show up every year or in every vineyard.
2011 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - PRESENTATIONS
Missed the AGM? View the presentations from the 2011 annual general meeting by choosing from the following links below.
To view all the Certification Courses and Wine & Spirit Education Trust, click the following link.
2011 CCOVI LECTURE SERIES
USING NITROGEN FERTILIZERS TO INCREASE GRAPE QUALITY; GRAPEVINE TRUNK DISEASE
Dr. Gerry Neilsen and Daniel O'Gorman
Download slideshow presentation - Dr. Gerry Neilsen
Download slideshow presentation - Daniel O'Gorman
WATCH THE VIDEO
2011 CCOVI LECTURE SERIES
CLIMATE CHANGE IN ONTARIO'S WINE REGIONS: THE GOOD AND THE BAD NEWS
2010 CCOVI LECTURE SERIES
PRECISION VITICULTURE - UNLOCKING UNSEEN MYSTERIES OF THE VINEYARD