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Getting to the roots of success
8:30 - 9:00 am
Pick up your name badge, grab a coffee and network with industry peers!
9:00 – 9:10 am
Welcoming Remarks
Speaker: Greta Chiu, Editor, Greenhouse Canada
9:15 – 9:45 am
How to use LEDs for propagation
Speaker: Dr. Youbin Zheng, University of Guelph

LEDs continue to make waves in greenhouse production, and their benefits are just as prominent during propagation. With low heat output and customizable light spectra, this versatile lighting option could be a solution to some of your key propagation challenges. Dr. Zheng will provide you with some guidance based on recent research results.
9:45 – 10:15 am
Start clean: Dips for thrips
Speaker: Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Previous work on poinsettia cuttings has shown that dips can safely reduce whitefly populations. Can the same be applied to thrips and other crops? Hear the latest results out of Vineland Researchand Innovation Centre on product options for dips, then learn the best way to execute a safe and effective cutting dip.

10:15 to 10:45 am
Networking Break
Enjoy a coffee, tea and treat, while meeting our vendors and networking with industry peers!
10:45 – 11:15 am
Treating your water for reuse: an innovative new technology
Speaker: Dr. Jeanine West, Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc.

Water quality is key to propagating high-quality plants. For growers with poor-quality water sources or looking to recycle operational water, how do we create water treatment systems that are customizable, low maintenance and still cost-effective?

This project was conducted with key researcher Dr. Ann Huber, Environmental Microbiologist at the Soil Resource Group.
11:15 am – 11:45 am
A clean start is a head start: Getting ahead of pests and diseases
Speaker: Amanda Tracey, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Basic sanitation is carried out during crop production, but what about between crops? Whether you're working with vegetables or flowers, make sure you get the upper hand on pests and diseases by starting with clean plant material, equipment and even the greenhouse structure itself.
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Top 10 Under 40 Awards
The search is underway for Canada's top 10 greenhouse industry leaders under 40. From commercial growers and wholesalers, to manufacturers and allied trades, we're recognizing the best and the brightest in greenhouse horticulture.

Winners will be revealed at Grower Day and featured in Greenhouse Canada!
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
Meet our vendors to learn about their new products and services, while enjoying a full-hot lunch!
1:30 to 2:00 pm
Quality growth begins at the start
Speaker: Dr. Will Healy, Ball Horticultural Company

Successful propagation of seeds and cuttings involves management of moisture, temperature and light to minimize stress and maximize root growth. To enhance the quality of the liners and plugs, Will plans to discuss how to use PGRs and other techniques to produce the highest quality plants possible.
2:00 to 2:30 pm
Beneficial microbes for prop house problems
Speaker: Dr. Ishtiaq Rao, Crop Defenders

Plants are only in the prop house for a short time, so cleanout is done more often, but often not as rigorously, making it difficult for beneficial insects to establish. How can beneficial microbes make a difference? They can catch air currents, covering all the surfaces of the greenhouse and be easily transferred via water. Some microbes have endophytic relationships with plants, to help plants grow healthier and faster, reducing prop time by 10% or more.
2:30 to 3:00 pm
Networking Break
Now's your last change to exchange business cards and make a new connection that could help you grow your business!
3:00 to 3:30 pm
What's next for automation
Speakers: Pieter Kwakernaak, Hoogendoorn;  Jack Ford, AgriNomix
3:30 – 4:00 pm
Aiming high: the right set-up for cannabis
Co-hosted by:
grow opp notagline
Speaker: Bill MacDonald, Niagara College

Cannabis may be grown in greenhouses and indoor facilities, but it's very different from other horticultural crops. How can we help this crop start off on the right foot?

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