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62nd Annual Muck Vegetable Growers Conference

The 62nd Annual Muck Vegetable Growers Conference will be held April 3rd and 4th, 2013 at Bradford and District Memorial Community Centre located at 125 Simcoe St., Bradford, ON. Registration opens at 8:30 am. For details, please see

Contact: Matt Sheppard,, tel:905-775-3317, fax: 905-775-3318

Conference Agenda

Wednesday Morning, April 3

Chair:  Matt Sheppard 

9:00 – 9:20  Research update for carrots and leafy vegetables. Mary Ruth McDonald, L. Riches, D. Van Dyk, H. Roberts, K. Vander Kooi and M. Tesfaendrias
9:20 – 9:40  Highlights of the carrot cultivar trials. Shawn Janse and M.R. McDonald
9:40 – 10:00  Fusarium rot of carrot: distribution and control. Michael Tesfaendrias, Marion Paibomesai, M.Celetti and M.R. McDonald
10:00 – 10:30


10:30 – 10:45  Carrot wash-water issues and projects. Deanna Nemeth, C. Kessel, H. Roberts, M. Tesfaendrias and M.R. McDonald
10:45 – 11:00 Farm Credit
11:00 – 11:20  Specialty crops for Ontario. Ahmed Bilal and M.R. McDonald
11:20 – 11:40  Using the Holland Marsh carrot trimmer to control Sclerotinia rot of carrot. Hunter Roberts, D. Van Dyk and M.R. McDonald
11:40 – 11:50  Industry update
11:50 – 12:00  Update from The Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario. Tom Miedema
12:00 – 1:30


Wednesday Afternoon, April 3

Chair:  Jamie Reaume 

1:30 – 1:50 Minor use update. Marion Paibomesai and Jim Chaput
1:50 – 2:10  Pest management for muck vegetables. Season summary and plans for 2013. Michael Tesfaendrias and M.R. McDonald
2:10 – 2:40  Building a better carrot: Reduced inputs for growers and increased quality for consumers. Phil Simon
2:40 – 2:50 Industry update
2:50 – 3:00 Industry update
3:00 – 3:30 BREAK
3:30 – 4:00  Root knot nematode and lesion nematode: Biology and sampling as these relate to nematode control. Paula Adugelo
4:00 – 4:20  Nematicides to control root knot nematode on carrots on muck soils. Recent results. Dennis Van Dyk, K. Jordan and M.R. McDonald

Thursday Morning, April 4

Chair:  Tom Miedema

9:00 – 9:20  Highlights of the onion cultivar trials. Shawn Janse and M.R. McDonald
9:20 – 9:50  Onion neck rot: Effective management based on Achilles’ heel. Lindsey du Toit
9:50 – 10:00 Industry Update
10:00 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:15  An integrated approach towards managing bacterial diseases of onions. Christy Hoepting and Steven Beer
11:15 – 11:30  Phosphorous on the marsh: Do you have to P? Christoph Kessel, D. Nemeth, D. Van Dyk, H. Roberts and M.R. McDonald
11:30 – 11:50  Winning the battle: Controlling onion thrips in New York. Christy Hoepting and Brian Nault
11:50 – 12:00 The Holland Marsh Growers. Jamie Reaume
12:00 – 1:30


Thursday Afternoon, April 4

Chair:  Peter Pauls

1:30 – 1:50  Highlights of onion research trials. Mary Ruth McDonald, K. Vander Kooi, L. Riches and M. Tesfaendrias.
1:50 – 2:10  Stemphylium on onions: Distribution and management. Michael Tesfaendrias, Marion Paibomesai and M.R. McDonald
2:10 – 2:30  Biocontrols for onion white rot, botrytis leaf blight and Sclerotinia rot of carrot. Can one product control everything? Laura Barbison, M.R. McDonald and G. Boland
2:30 – 2:40 Industry update
2:40 – 4:00  Workshop: How to manage resistant weeds. Clarence Swanton, Kristen Callow and Gareth Davis(Includes a grower panel)

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