Tomatoes infected with the Rugose virus. Photo courtesy of HortiDaily.
By now, you may of heard of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), referred to more simply as “Rugose”. It is a viral disease that predominately impacts tomato plants, but also peppers, leaving fruit damaged and unmarketable.
It wasfirst detected in Israel in 2014 but has now been found in parts of North America.
If you are a Canadian ornamental grower that ALSO grows tomato liners as part of your spring crop selection, or if you grow ORNAMENTAL PEPPERS, here is what you need to know regarding Rugose symptoms, prevention and more importantly, regulations.
Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) adults are starting to take flight in southern Ontario. They have been spotted in Hamilton and Niagara this week. Read on for an updated post on WHAT and WHEN to spray for JB to meet certification requirements if you ship product outside Ontario.
As of January 29th, 2018, the rollout of the United States-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program (GCP) is delayed, as government agencies and industry associations complete preparation of training and guidance packages for their staff and members.
What does this mean? For those currently on the Canadian Greenhouse Certification Program (CGCP), this may result in tighter timelines later in 2018 to apply and provide appropriate documentation to the CFIA. Continue reading for specifics.