How Niagara Can Boost Your Vegetable Operation

Looking to pick up some information, ideas, contacts, and resources to improve your vegetable production or to help you in your business?  The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be worth the trip.  Scheduled for February 22-23 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre (6815 Stanley Avenue) in Niagara Falls, Ontario, it will provide two full days of field vegetable programming as well as a large trade show (and a variety of other educational sessions, too).


Vegetable Diseases – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 9:30 – 11:30 am:

This session will cover tomato late blight, clubroot in brassica vegetables, pumpkin and squash harvest rots, and bulb and stem nematode in garlic with speakers from Cornell University and University of Guelph research stations.

Vegetable Weed Management – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm:

Speakers from the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus and OMAFRA will discuss cover crops and weed suppression in pumpkins, the impact of perimeter weeds, herbicide resistant weeds, and sprayer maintenance and nozzle selection.

Sweet Corn – Thursday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:30 am:

Not just for sweet corn growers, this session will cover the emerging pest, western bean cutworm, an update on new pest control products for vegetables, options for soil remediation after a wet fall, and tillage and cover crop solutions, featuring speakers from Michigan State University, the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, OMAFRA, and crop protection companies.

Vegetables – General Topics – Thursday, February 23, 2:00 – 4:00 pm:

This session features topics that cut across commodities – a research update on vegetable insects, soil management for crop health and pest management in high tunnels, accessing niche markets, and an introduction to the new OMAFRA vegetable publications and review of other vegetable resources for Ontario.  Join speakers from Cornell University, OMAFRA, and Ridgetown Campus, as well as a prominent farm innovator, for this set of presentations.

Get the details at  You can register online or by mail, email, or fax.  The deadline for preregistration is February 15.  On site registration is also available.

Printer-friendly version of the OFVC Field Vegetable Program (pdf).

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