Specialty Crop Content at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) will be held February 22 and 23, 2017 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls (www.ofvc.ca). There are many general and specific topics that may be of interest to specialty crop growers. Here some highlights for specialty crop growers:

Wednesday, February 22 am

  • 9:30 An Overview of Hop Soil Fertility Management for Southern Ontario Dr. Mehdi Sharifi, AAFC
  • 10:00 Irrigating Hops Efficiently Ted van der Gulik, Irrigation Industry Association of BC
  • 10:30 Viruses in Ontario Hops 2016 Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA
  • 11:00 Managing Viruses in the Hopyard Dr. Ken Eastwell, Washington State University, USA
  • 11:30 Hop Virus Q & A  Dr. Ken Eastwell, Washington State University; USA Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA

Thursday, February 23 am
Specialty Berries

  • 9:30 Haskap: Growing and Processing Tips  Dr. Bob Bors, University of Saskatchewan
  • 10:00 Growing Seabuckthorn in Ontario Dr. Jim Todd, OMAFRA
  • 10:30 Aronia – Finding Higher Value John Pilcher, Coldbrook Farm, USA
  • 11:00 Haskap Types and Varieties  Dr. Bob Bors, University of Saskatchewan

Thursday, February 23 pm
Specialty Tree Fruit and Nuts

  • 2:00 Pawpaw-sibilities: Production Basics for the Best Fruit You’ve Probably Never Tasted  Evan Elford, OMAFRA
  • 2:30 Hazelnut Cultivars, Suitability, and Annual Yields Dr. Toktam Taghavi, University of Guelph
  • 3:00 Selecting Appropriate Tree Nut Cultivars and Orchard Design for Optimum Cross-Pollination and Yield  Linda Grimo, Grimo Nut Nursery
  • 3:30 Harvest, Post-Harvest Handling, Storage and Food Safety for Tree Nuts‎  Todd Leuty, OMAFRA

There are also many general sessions that apply to all crops including Irrigation, Revisiting the Basics of K, Mg, and Ca in the Soil, Soil Health, Soil Pest Management, Nematode Management, Zero Waste, Food Safety and Business. 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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