Upcoming Workshops: The Value of Doing Your OWN Trials, and Poinsettia IPM.

IMG_4760One thing our industry excels at is having numerous industry experts and growers willing to share and discuss their knowledge.

Here’s a profile of some upcoming events relating to Greenhouse IPM you can take advantage of.

Thursday Oct 5, 9:30-11am : Getting Answers to Your Greenhouse Problems Through On-Farm Research

Where: Canadian Greenhouse Conference, Scotia Bank Convention Centre, Ballroom C

Why You Should Go:

Designing experiments to answer on-farm questions is easier than you think.

Ever thought of conducting some quick and dirty trials at your greenhouse to get answers to your specific pest and production problems quickly? But not sure where to start?  Then this is the workshop for you.

In this workshop, we’ll:

  • Discuss the benefits of conducting on-farm trials, including how they can save you money in the long run
  • Walk you through examples from local growers who’ve conducted on-farm research
  • Make experiment set up easy by showing you the basics
  • Discuss pitfalls to avoid to make sure your trials give you meaningful results
  • Demonstrate how to interpret your results so you can act on them
  • Provide opportunities to get help with trials you’re thinking of running – so come prepared with some ideas!

Better yet, Martha Oner from Grant Thornton will also be on hand to discuss financial incentives for on-farm projects.  As the national leader of the R&D and Government Incentives group, Martha assists clients across all industries on SR&ED, OIDMTC and tax incentive advisory and compliance matters.

Wednesday Nov 22, 10am-3pm: Ontario Poinsettia Trials

Where: Jeffery’s Greenhouses – Plant 2 (2411 Fourth Ave., Jordan, ON).

Why You Should Go:

JF14Along with a demonstration of new and existing cultivars grown under Ontario conditions (to better enable you to decide on plants for 2018), there will also be a discussion of Bemisia whitefly management in poinsetttia.

Graeme Murphy (BioLogical Solutions Consulting) will be speaking about current chemical strategies that are working for Bemisia control, and how to avoid resistance.

I will also be there discussing biological control of Bemisia.  I’m positive there will be some lively discussions surrounding what works and what doesn’t for some growers.

Registration for the event is not required and a free lunch will be provided. Here’s the times of the various presenters:

poinsettia trial times


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