The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced the approval of minor use label expansion registrations for Venture L herbicide for control of labeled weeds on rhubarb, the bulb onion subgroup 3-07A, green onions, caneberries subgroup 13-07A and lettuce in Canada.

Apple growers were challenged with frost June 4, though it’s too early to assess the overall damage. Orchards had ideal pollination weather during the annual Apple Blossom Festival May 23-28, before temperatures dropped to -3°C and -4°C. 

Ontario beekeepers have experienced hive losses on a grand scale. The recent Ontario Beekeepers’ Association survey of almost 900 members noted that seven out of 10 beekeepers suffered losses. One in three members (32 per cent) reported colony losses of 70 per cent or more. 

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

With the recent announcement by President Donald Trump that tariffs will be imposed on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada, the Canadian government may retaliate with a list of its own, which includes pickling cucumbers. If Washington doesn’t repeal, Ottawa is prepared to levy $16.6 billion in surtaxes. 

Summer’s high temperatures and humidity can cause heat stress in workers, out in the field and those working indoors. Learn the warning signs and symptoms and how to protect your workers from heat stress.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their commitment to work together to address key safety issues affecting Ontario farmers, agriculture employees and farm families.

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