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From the Editor: Get ready for Grower Day!

April 27, 2023  By Andrew Snook

I’m excited to announce that the agenda has been officially set for this year’s Grower Day event taking place on June 20 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ont.

For 28 years, the Grower Day conference and tradeshow has offered great line-ups of speakers sharing their expertise in cultivation, production and business management with growers of ornamental plants and vegetables, researchers and students.

Grower Day is a great opportunity to speak with exhibitors about the latest technologies and services available in the greenhouse sector.


As an added bonus, there will also be the presentation of the Grower of the Year Award and the Top 4 Under 40 Awards!

For those of you interested in the sessions, here is a preview:

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Lighting in Greenhouse Ornamental Production
Speaker: Dr. Youbin Zheng, Professor (Horticulture & Environment), School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph.

9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Surge and lighting protection for greenhouses
Speaker: Ruud Roeleveld, President, R3&A Ltd.

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
How AI can be used to drive meaningful ROI for your operation
Speaker: Adam Greenberg, CEO, IUNU.

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The effect of light quality and quantity on Brix in greenhouse strawberry production
Speaker: Rose Séguin, Agronomist, Sollum Technologies.

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Enrichment in Controlled Environment Agriculture – Is it always a
good idea?
Speaker: Dr. Fadi Al-Daoud, Greenhouse Vegetable Specialist at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) for greenhouse IPM
Speaker: Jacob Basso.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Novel media amendments: How well can they reduce fertilizer use?
Speaker: Christine George, Research Lead, Research & Innovation, Horticultural & Environmental Sciences Innovation Centre.

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Metabolomics analysis supports the development of new pest control strategies
Speaker: Rose Buitenhuis, Senior Research Scientist, Biological Control, Vineland.

For more information or to register, visit:

I look forward to seeing you there! 

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