Presentations featured the latest on plant biostimulants, leading edge IPM strategies and effective whitefly control.
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The day featured morning and afternoon educational sessions featuring some of North America’s leading IPM specialists. Speakers included:
• Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, who discussed the latest in biocontrols.
• Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, also of Vineland, led sessions on Induced Plant Resistance to Pests, and How to Make Cutting Dips Part of an IPM System for Poinsettia.
• Dr. Sarah Jandricic, greenhouse floriculture IPM specialist with OMAFRA, discussed whitefly basics and species of concern in the morning, followed by an afternoon session that reviewed the day’s presentations.
• Prof. Bill MacDonald of Niagara College provided an overview of biostimulants and their emergence as the latest crop tools.
• Dennis Hitzigrath, general manager of Vivero Internacional of Mexico, outlined his company’s extensive efforts in pest management. Vivero specializes in the production of plant cuttings and produces a wide variety of pelargonium, poinsettia, New Guinea impatiens and dipladenia varieties.
Also speaking were specialists from several biocontrol companies. Visit the Grower Day microsite for more program information.
Attendees had ample networking opportunities during morning and afternoon breaks and during the luncheon.
A diversified trade show featured a variety of products and services geared to helping with productivity and profitability goals.
Sponsors this year included Dummen Orange, Ball Horticultural, Paul Boers Manufacturing, Prins Greenhouses, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, and Evergro.
Grower Day was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Catharines Conference Centre.