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Minimum tillage of potatoes and Linuron shortages on agenda of virtual Ontario Potato Conference

The 2022 Ontario Potato Conference will be a virtual event on March 2, hosted by Potatoes in Canada and supported by the Ontario Potato Board and a number of industry sponsors.

Homer Van der Zaag (H.J. Vander Zaag Farms, Alliston) will present at the Conference on “Experiences with Minimum Tillage of Potatoes”. He will be showing the equipment that he has been evaluating on his farm. Homer is a knowledgeable grower that speaks with the confidence that comes from field experience. See video on Twitter below.

As Conference organizer, Dr. Eugenia Banks points out, shortages of key herbicides are expected to be a problem for Canadian potato growers in 2022. Lorox is one of them, which is used a lot in Ontario. Manitoba growers do not rely on Lorox as much as Ontario growers do, so Dr. Banks asked Darin Gibson from Gaia Consulting in Manitoba to give a presentation on “Dealing with Linuron Shortages in 2022”.

Other topics on agenda

Blackleg infected potato.
Courtesy Eugenia Banks

Several other topics of interest to potato growers are on the Conference agenda.
Other specialist speakers and topics include:

  • Ian Toth, Researcher at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee, Scotland (Battling the Blackleg complex successfully)
  • Julie Pasche, Professor, North Dakota State University (Black dot – the silent, early yield robber: Epidemiology and management)
  • Mike Thornton, Professor, Parma Research & Extension Center, University of Idaho (Climate change: How heat impacts potatoes at different growth stages)

Go here to register for the free event:

Further information:
Dr. Eugenia Banks
Cover photo: Conference organizer, Dr. Eugenia Banks

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