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Profiling the latest in greenhouse robotics


June 12, 2014
By Dave Harrison

June 12, 2014, Brantford, Ont. — Some of the latest greenhouse
automation research in Ontario will be profiled during next week’s
Grower Day conference.

June 12, 2014, Brantford, Ont. — Some of the latest greenhouse automation research in Ontario will be profiled during next week’s Grower Day conference.

John Van de Vegte, project manager of Robotics and Automation at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, will highlight the program.

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Mechanization can boost productivity with no loss in quality, and allows you and your staff to spend more time optimizing your crop.

Grower Day returns to Brantford on June 18. Registration and the trade show opens at 8:30 a.m.

Sponsors include Dummen, Paul Boers Manufacturing and Prins Greenhouses, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Toromont Power Systems, and Greenhouse Canada.

Click here for online registration to avoid the Grower Day rush.

OTHER SESSIONS AND SPEAKERS

The Latest on Poinsettia Production, with Gary Vollmer (Ball Floraplant). Want more celebration and less frustration when growing this holiday season crop? Learn to earn more with poinsettias.

Fertilizing: Give the Plant Only What It Needs, with Bill MacDonald (Niagara College). It’s a case of “waste not, want not,” as MacDonald will explain how to nurture, not torture, your plants!

George Klosler, district director with Farm Credit Canada, will discuss “A Banker’s View of the Greenhouse Sector." The smoother your relationship with your lender, the better the dividends!

Grower/Owner Panel (Are We On the Same Page?), with Danielle Galange (Jeffery’s Greenhouses) and Ted Oorsprong (Northend Gardens). How well do we communicate? Are we speaking the same language and chasing the same goals? It’s all about teamwork.

Innovations in Biocontrol: Improving Impact and Reliability in Greenhouse IPM Systems, with Michael Brownbridge, PhD, of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Automated Sticking and Cutting Costs, with John Van de Vegte (Vineland Research and Innovation Centre). Mechanization can boost productivity with no loss in quality, and allow your staff to spend more time optimizing your crop. That’s a win-win-win in our books!

Flowers Canada Ontario: Working for You, with Andrew Morse. More about teamwork! FCO is dedicated to help you achieve a winning season, year-in and year-out.

Alternative Crops to Impatiens, with Amy Briggs-Macha of Syngenta Flowers. If you’re cutting back on impatiens, what are your options to fill out your crop mix? The alternatives can be just as profitable for you, and just as satisfying for your customers.

Click here for general information about Grower Day.


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