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Upcoming Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show to focus on emerging grower production issues

Dr Eugenia Banks, organizer of the 2020 Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show, reminds industry members that the next event will be hosted at the Delta Hotel in Guelph on March 5.

Registrations have been coming in steadily to the Potato Board, Dr Banks says. Participants should register by Feb 28 to get the early registration fee of $50. After Feb 28 the fee increases to $80.

“The conference is a great opportunity to meet and network with growers, researchers and crop consultants. It is always a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Just what we need before the 2020 season starts,” Dr Banks says.

There will be an early Coffee Break before the Conference starts sponsored by CanGrow. ( 8:00am -9:15am).
The afternoon Coffee Break is sponsored by FS PARTNERS.
The French Fry Bar at 4:40pm is sponsored by Alliance Agri-Turf.
The platinum sponsors of the conference are Bayer CropScience and Syngenta Canada.

Please contact Dr Eugenia Banks for further details or if you might have any questions: [email protected].

PROGRAM

8:00am: Coffee & Muffins
9:25 a.m. Welcome & Remarks. Shawn Brenn, Chairman, Ontario Potato Board.
9:30 a.m. Optimizing Potato Emergence. Steve Johnson. Potato Specialist, University of Maine
10:00 a.m. Enhancing Soil Health. Carl Rosen. Professor, Department of Soil Water and Climate, University of Minnesota
10:30 a.m. Re-thinking Potato Foliar Fungicide Programs. Darin Gibson, GAIA Consulting, MB.

11:15 a.m. TRADE SHOW

12:00 p.m. LUNCH PROVIDED

1.00 p.m. Reversing Declining Potato Yields: Local & Global Trends. Peter Vander Zaag. International Potato Research Scientist, Potato Grower & Breeder, Sunrise Potato, Alliston, ON.
1:30 p.m. Colorado Potato Beetle Management with a Shrinking Insecticide Toolbox. Ian MacRae. Professor, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota
2:00 p.m. 2019 Research Trials Update. Mark VanOostrum. Potato Supply and Quality Manager, WD Potato Ltd. Beeton, ON.

2:30 p.m. COFFEE BREAK & TRADE SHOW

3:15 p.m. Take Action on Soil Compaction! Peter Johnson. Agronomist, Real Agriculture.
3:45 p.m. Update on Potato Products and on Crop Protection Regulatory Issues. Chris Duyvelshoff. Crop Protection Advisor, OFVGA, Guelph, ON.
4:05 p.m. CIPC Update. George Burkholder. Ag-Services Inc., Mitchell, ON.
4:25 p.m. Potato Breeding: An Industry Led Approach. Virginia Dickinson. Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, NB.

4:40 p.m. FRENCH FRY BAR!

Dr Eugenia Banks, Agronomist at the Ontario Potato Board
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