Ginseng Fertility and Pest Manager App Workshop Jan. 31, 2018

OMAFRA and OGGA are hosting a two-part workshop on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in the Simcoe Research Station Auditorium

12:00 pm    Lunch and Learn – Demonstration of the new Ginseng Pest Manager app  
1:00 pm      Ginseng fertility – An open forum
3:30 pm      Adjourn

In order to ensure we have enough food for lunch, please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 29 by email to Michelle Murphy at Please include any of your ginseng fertility related questions in your RSVP so they can be addressed in the fertility portion of the workshop.

Details of the workshop are as follows:

Lunch and Learn – Demonstration of the new Ginseng Pest Manager App  
Presenters: Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA and Tony Meekes, Agnition Inc.

The OGGA received funding through Growing Forward 2 to develop a new app for mobile devices that can help growers plan and track their pest control products over the season. Features of this app include:

  • Populated with an up-to-date listing of all pest control products registered on ginseng and their application requirements. New registrations can be updated to the system on a timely basis.
  • Keeps track of applications through the season and guides growers on what is available for the next application based on the number of applications permitted for each product while keeping resistance management in mind
  • The App can automatically inform designated workers, scouts and consultants of product applications and restricted-entry intervals
  • Allows growers to map their gardens and allows designated workers to flag areas on the map with specific pest information
  • Contains photos and information on all of the disease and insect pests of ginseng

The new app will be demonstrated at the meeting and will allow growers to ask questions and provide feedback to the App developers. The App will be available for download by the end of March.

Ginseng Fertility – An Open Forum 1:00 to 3:30
Presenters: Christoph Kessel, Chris Brown and Sean Westerveld, OMAFRA

It has been over 10 years since the last fertility workshop specific to ginseng. Growers often focus on their pest management program, but fertility can be equally as important. Over-fertilization can lead to higher disease pressure, environmental damage and wasted money. Under-fertilization can lead to lower yields. This workshop will allow growers and consultants to review the basics of fertility as it applies to ginseng and more advanced topics on foliar fertilization. It will also allow plenty of time for growers to ask questions about their own fertility program. Some questions the workshop will address include:

  • What nutrients contained in manure application in the seeding year carry forward to the ginseng crop and how do you factor that in to you fertility program?
  • How do you interpret a soil fertility test report for ginseng?
  • Are those foliar nutrients you are applying really doing anything for the crop or is their a better way to apply those nutrients?

If you would like any other topics on fertility addressed, please include comments or questions within your RSVP.

About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA
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