Producers across southern Ontario are getting ready for this Sunday, which promises the first major sapflow weather of the season. The warm spell will extend as far north as the north shore of Lake Huron, but if daytime highs are far below freezing in the days leading up to Sunday, trees will likely still be frozen.
The 2022 maple season is here! Producers everywhere have cleared their bushes, cleaned their equipment, and sporadically throughout Ontario have begun tapping and even boiling. As is normally the case, larger producers and those who like to be particularly early began tapping weeks ago to be on schedule for the first flows of the season.
This is a repost of the previous blog post to correct a mistake in the programming. Please see updated agenda below.
Mark your calendars! The Birch Island Maple Syrup Workshop has gone virtual. This annual workshop is geared toward First Nations producers and will feature talks on transitioning from buckets to lines, forest management, funding opportunities, food safety/labeling practices and an LDD moth (previously gypsy moth) update.
Happy November! It’s time to begin thinking about pest management for next year, especially for folks who struggled with LDD moth in 2020-2021. Here are some free webinars to keep you updated on the situation.
The hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in Fort Erie. If you are in this area, do not move hemlock or any type of firewood to prevent further spread.
What is HWA?
HHWA is similar to aphids in that they suck fluid from their hosts. They feed on cells storing nutrients and water at the base of hemlock needles, causing the needles to die. There are two forms of the insect, each of which lay up to 300 eggs each year. This can result in exponential population growth due to the absence of natural enemies.
The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (OMSPA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new event in Ontario, Fall in Love with Maple. This event includes participating sugarbushes from nearly 40 locations across Ontario and is a wonderful opportunity for people to get out and see the fall colours in some of the most beautiful locations in the province. For a full list of participating producers, click here.
For more information, contact:
John Williams, Executive Director
Zimmer Air LDD Moth (Gypsy Moth) 2022 Spray Program Open For Registration
If you’re interested in spraying your woodlot for LDD moth (formerly known as gypsy moth; LDD stands for “Lymantria dispar dispar“, the moth’s Latin name), Zimmer Air has just opened their application process. Note that Zimmer is looking to spray larger blocks compared to last year, and applications for spraying must be submitted earlier.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE FOUND THIS PEST, PLEASE REPORT IT TO CFIA BY CLICKING HERE. OR Call: 1-800-442-2342
Here’s a pest you have been hearing about more and more, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). It is not a fly, but a planthopper. In the Order Hemiptera, Family Fulgoridae. It is actually a much stronger hopper than it is a flyer. They may remind you of frogs they way they sit and hop around. Found recently in the US and now spreading rapidly across several states, Spotted Lanternfly is a pest we are actively looking for in Ontario.