Crop Scouting - Resources for Vegetable Crop Scouts
Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that considers all management options to maintain pests below an economic injury level. Scouting provides an objective summary of the crop condition and pest situation in a field.
Here is a list of resources for vegetable crop scouts.
ONvegetables.com (Vegetable Crop Updates)
- Stay current! The updates offer timely information on crop production, pest identification, pest control, pest monitoring, weather, changes to pesticide registrations, meetings, conferences, new publications of interest to the vegetable industry, and more.
ONspecialtycrops (Specialty Crop Updates)
- Working with specialty crops? ONspecialtycrops keeps you up-to-date with the latest information for commercial specialty crop production in Ontario. Also visit Specialty Cropportunities, a new resource designed to assist growers transitioning to production of new, specialty or non-traditional crops.
- Interactive, online training and information on pests and pest management in a number of vegetable and fruit crops.
- Descriptions and ordering information for the OMAFRA field vegetable publications. Updates on recent pesticide registrations are in the 2014 Supplement (PDF).
- The home page for Ontario field vegetable information - production and beyond - from OMAFRA
- Diagnostics is one of the most interesting and challenging aspects of crop production. Use the list in this article to help narrow down on the causes of problem areas in a crop.
- Acess guidelines on taking and handling samples (PDF), services and fees, submission forms, and more.
- Bioassay technique for detecting herbicide carryover in the soil, testing EC of transplant plugs, soil pH quick test.
- There are several test kits now on the market for quick identification and confirmation of certain pathogens. OMAFRA's horticultural plant pathologist tested some them. Read about it here.
- OMAFRA Factsheet covering plant parasitic nematodes, taking and handling samples, thresholds for economic damage.
- If you've ever sampled for nematodes in soil, you've read the guidelines for sampling and handling of samples. But what if things don't go according to plan? Are the samples ruined? What can you get away with and what will result in completely inaccurate results? When you've gone to the trouble of sampling and are about to invest in paying a lab for nematode counts, this is something you need to know.
Soil and Nutrients
- Tips on diagnosing problems originating in the soil, plus the diagnostic tools and where to get them.
- OMAFRA Factsheet with guidelines on soil sampling and soil test
- A list of labs accredited to perform soil tests for pH, buffer pH, P, K, Mg, Mn, Zn and Nitrate-N on Ontario soils.
- A list of labs that offer leaf and petiole tissue analysis for Ontario crops.
- list of resources on ONvegetables.com
- From the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group.
- Youtube Video - Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
- Presentations from the Natural Enemies workshops, from the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group.
- "This apps offer high-quality, peer-reviewed images, diagnostic keys, tools, tips, and recommendations for the identification and management of various tomato diseases."
- For iPhone and Android
- OMAFRA Factsheet with information and photos on tomato bacterial disease.
- How to take soil samples for nematode and verticillium counts. And how to treat them right so the counts will be as accurate as possible.
- Using pheromone traps to monitor for variegated cutworm in tomato fields.
- A photo gallery with descriptions of herbicide injury in tomatoes (ppi and pre).
- A photo gallery with descriptions of herbicide injury in tomatoes (post).
- Dr. D. Robinson's (Ridgetown Campus - University of Guelph) presentation from IPM/Scout Training workshop
- Focus on Tomato is an online educational resource launched in 2012 by the Plant Management Network, a not-for-profit publisher of agricultural and horticultural resources. It features webcasts aimed at helping growers and consultants develop healthier, higher yielding tomato crops as well as improve their knowledge in storage and food safety.
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