During the Field Vegetable sessions at the 2013 OFVC on February 20 and 21st, several speakers will be discussing pest management for various vegetable crops.
- Jim Jasinski, an assistant professor in Vegetable IPM from Ohio State University, will be discussing cucurbit disease control using conventional and air-assisted spray technology.
- Mary Gardiner, an assistant professor in entomology from Ohio State University, will be talking about natural enemies in the field. Some of the projects Mary has worked on under the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group, include:
- Flyer: Natural Enemies Identification http://glvwg.ag.ohio-state.edu/documents/NaturalEnemiesFlyer-FINAL.pdf
- Video: Identifying and Enhancing Natural Enemies in Vegetable Crops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1EYCevAgnY
- Rebecca Hallett, an associate professor and PhD. Candidate Braden Evans both from the University of Guelph, will give an update on recent work done on Swede midge management in both conventional and organic production systems. See what research has been happening on Swede midge. This pest is a serious insect pest for cole crops, which can be very difficult to control.
- Beth Gugino, an assistant professor in vegetable pathology from Pennsylvania State University, on the first day of convention will talk about disease management in high tunnels specific to vegetable production. The second day of the convention she will talk about soilborne diseases of vegetables and what to do about them, with focus on the use of cover crops.
Various speakers from Ontario will also give brief updates on Bacterial Disease Management in Tomatoes, Leek Moth in Ontario and Specialty Cropportunities, a new interactive, on-line tool which includes information on pest management for low acreage crops.
For more information and registration for the 2013 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention, see http://www.ofvc.ca/.
Hope to see you there!