Specialty Crop Content at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Feb. 21 and 22, 2018

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) will be held February 21 and 22, 2018 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls (www.ofvc.ca). This year the program features substantial specialty crop content. Here some highlights for specialty crop growers:

Wednesday, February 21 am
Hops

9:30 An Overview of Hop Production Practices in Belgium Joris Cambie, De Plukker Hop Farm Brewery, Belgium
10:00 Management Practices for Organic Hop Production in Belgium Joris Cambie, De Plukker Hop Farm Brewery, Belgium
10:30 Snake Oil or Not: Evaluating Product Efficacy on Your Farm Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA
11:00 Panel: Pros and Cons of Producing Hops Organically Nicholas Schaut, Bighead Hops; Ron Brennan, Old 4th Hop Yard; Gail Winters, Winterbrook Hops

Wednesday, February 21 pm
Specialty Root Vegetables

2:00 An Introduction to Jerusalem Artichoke Dr. Jim Todd, OMAFRA
2:30 Spacing, Slip Size and Slip Storage Practices for Optimal Sweet Potato Yield Dr. Jonathan Schulthuis, North Carolina State University, USA
3:00 Cabbage Maggot Control in the Face of Chlorpyrifos Resistance Sheldon Hann, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
3:30 Illinois Horseradish: A Root Awakening Dr. Elizabeth Wahle, University of Illinois Extension, USA

Thursday, February 22 pm
Market Gardening Vegetables

2:00 From Global to Local: New Crop Opportunities for Market Gardening Dr. Viliam Zvalo, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
2:30 Managing Insect Pests in a Diverse Vegetable Cropping System Dr. Gerald Brust, University of Maryland, USA
3:00 Season Extension for Ontario Market Gardens: Fertility, Varietal and Pest Considerations Judson Reid, Cornell Cooperative Extension, USA
3:30 Grower Panel: Successes and Challenges with Managing a Market Garden Sarah Judd, Meadow Lynn Market Garden, John Zekveld, Zekveld’s Garden Market

Pawpaw

2:00 Pawpaw 101 Dr. Kirk Pomper, Kentucky State University, USA
2:30 Insect and Disease Pests of Pawpaw Jeremy Lowe, Kentucky State University, USA
3:00 Processing Pawpaw Sheri Crabtree, Kentucky State University, USA
3:30 Ontario Pawpaw Monitoring in 2017 and Product Taste Testing Evan Elford, OMAFRA

Hazelnut Production

2:00 Hazelnut Cultivar Performance Update Dr. Adam Dale, University of Guelph
2:30 Ferrero: Locally Grown Hazelnuts Barb Yates, Ferrero Canada
3:00 Current Needs for the Ontario Hazelnut Industry Linda Grimo, Ontario Hazelnut Association
3:30 New Orchard Development Sara Rowland and Mark Brown, Athena Acres

There are also many sessions that apply to all crops including Biostimulants, Labour Productivity on the Farm, Fertigation, Food Safety – Environmental Monitoring, Adverse Weather, Soil Health, Herbicide Resistance, Does IPM Contribute to Pesticide Resistance?, Finding Money and Managing it Better, and Promoting Pollinators on the Farm. For the full program and to register for the convention visit the OFVC website at www.ofvc.ca.

About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA
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