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Canada: Ontario Potato Conference to feature wide range of important potato topics

The Ontario Potato Potato Conference and Trade Show will be hosted at the Delta Hotel and Conference Center in Guelph on March 6 this year. The Conference is organized by Dr Eugenia Banks, consultant at the Ontario Potato Board.

The agenda features a great number of potato specialists who will present on a wide range of topics of current interest to commercial potato industry folks in North America and beyond. Further details on the Conference can be obtained from Dr Banks:


9:25 am. Welcome & Remarks.
9:30 am. Weed Management & Vine Desiccation in 2019 and Beyond.
Jed Colquhoun. Ph.D. Associate Professor, Horticulture Dept. University of Wisconsin.
10:00 am. Keeping Potatoes Healthy from Planting to Harvest. Jeff Miller Ph.D Miller Research, Idaho
10:30 am. Combatting Heat & Drought Stress with Timely Applications of Calcium. Jiwan Palta, Ph.D. Research Scientist. Horticulture Dept. University of Wisconsin.

11:15 am. TRADE SHOW
12:00 pm. LUNCH

1.00 pm. Sustainable Potato Cropping Systems with Healthy Soils: A Global Overview of the Challenges and Solutions. Peter Vander Zaag, Ph.D. International Potato Research Scientist, Potato Grower & Breeder. Sunrise Potato, Alliston.
1:30 pm. Increasing Soil Organic Matter: Growing Mustard Green Manures is a Reliable Strategy in Sandy Soils. Andy McGuire. Agricultural Systems Educator. Washington State University.
2:00 pm. Keeping your Soils Healthy: The Interaction of Chloropicrin Fumigation with Soil Pathogens and Beneficial Microorganisms. Chad Hutchinson. Ph.D. Director of Research, TriEst Ag Group. North Carolina.


3:15 pm. Early Blight Forecasting and Management Strategies. Khalil Al -Mugrhabi. PhD, Plant Pathologist, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture
3:45 pm. 2019 Research Trials Update. Mark VanOostrum. Potato Supply and Quality Manager, WD Potato Ltd. Beeton, ON.
4:15 pm. Top Killing and Chipping Quality Update. Steven Johnson. PhD. Potato Specialist. University of Maine.
4:30 pm. The Innovative Robotic Weeder: Could it be Used in Potato Fields? Teric Greenan. Nexus Robotics, Nova Scotia.
4:45 pm. ADJOURN

Contact: Dr Eugenia Banks

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