OMAFRA REPORT: has new look and content

A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941.  Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm.

For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA website: has new look and updated content

The Ontario Pulse Crop Committee are very pleased to announce that has been updated.

The home of our annual dry bean performance testing data has a fresh, new look. Head over to to find:

– Variety descriptions for many of the varieties grown in Ontario – *New Content!*

– The 2018 Ontario Dry Bean Variety Trials report in PDF format, which contains multi-year performance data for all classes of dry beans grown in Ontario;

– Historical Ontario Dry Bean Variety Trials reports dating back to 2005;

– Multi-year dry bean performance data displayed in tables and graphs;

– Head to head dry bean variety comparison tool; and,

– Research reports and presentations on dry bean topics, prepared by Ontario researchers and extension specialists;

The website has details on where performance trials are located and who manages them, distributors of dry bean varieties in Ontario, and links to other valuable resources for local dry bean producers. You can also find more information about the Ontario Pulse Crop Committee and who to contact with questions related to the activities of the committee.  We hope you find all the dry bean variety information you are looking for. If you have any feedback on the new website, please contact Meghan Moran, Ontario Pulse Crop Committee Chair, at or 519-546-1725.

Written by Meghan Moran, Canola and Bean Specialist, OMAFRA


July 5

– Introduction to Small Ruminant Production – For interested new sheep and goat farmers looking to get into the business. Each course is a full day workshop and registration fee includes light lunch, course materials and farm tour(s). Located at University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road East, Guelph Ontario. Register at or contact the Ontario Sheep Farmers at 519-836-0043 or mail

July 7-10 – Plant Canada 2019 – A meeting that brings together seven plant science societies to highlight technological innovations and to foster discovery and collaboration under the theme ‘Communicating Innovation in Plant Science’. Choose the sessions that interest you most while interacting within all societies. Located at University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road East, Guelph Ontario. Register online at