Archive for February, 2015

Finally…..one comprehensive resource for turf IPM in Ontario, Integrated Pest Management for Turf, is now available.

pub 845 Integrated Pest Management for Turf has been designed as a field handbook for golf courses, lawn care and the parks sector. It contains well over 100 colour photos of turf diseases and insects. It is recommended study material for the IPM accreditation exam for the Golf Course IPM Accreditation Program which is required under The Pesticides Act and Regulation 63/09 and is administered by the IPM Council of Canada. It contains extensive information on the diseases, insects, and weeds that are found in turf in Ontario, including a turf disease identification key, turf disease time profile, turf scouting calendar, turf insect injury key and an example of a pest scouting sheet. This publication, along with Protection Guide for Turfgrass provides a complete reference package on turf IPM for Ontario.

This publication combines the former Diseases and Insects of Turfgrass in Ontario and Turf IPM Manual. It contains information on turfgrass soil management and fertilizer use, turfgrass species and water management for turf. The Protection Guide for Turfgrass can be downloaded from the OMAFRA website.

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Have you developed and implemented an innovative product or process within your agriculture or food business? If so, you could be eligible to receive one of the following awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program:
■Premier’s Award (one award valued at $75,000)
■Minister’s Award (one award valued at $50,000)
■Leaders in Innovation Awards (three awards valued at $25,000 each)
■Provincial Awards (45 awards valued at $5,000 each)
Eligible applicants include: primary producers / farmers, processors and agri-food organizations.
A copy of the Program Guidebook and Application Form, as well as information on previous award recipients is available at www.ontario.ca/agrifoodinnovation or by calling 1-877-424-1300.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, Friday, April 10, 2015.

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