Sessions Schedule Day 1

Wednesday, February 20

Scroll down to view the entire day's program or click on a link below to view a specific program. Sessions are listed alphabetically. All sessions and speakers are subject to change.

Session Room Map - 2nd Floor

BERRIES
Ballroom A (Main Floor)
Chair: Erica Pate, OMAFRA

9:30 Mustard as a Pre-Plant Cover Crop
Charles Gray, 4 Corners Farm, USA

10:00 Labour Efficiency - Different Motivation and Remuneration Techniques
David Lemire, Jasmine Sauvé, Ferme Horticole Gagnon

10:30 Tips for Delivering Quality Berries to Buyers
Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham, University of California-Davis, USA

11:00 New Products for Berry Crop Protection
Representatives from Biosafe, Bayer, FMC, Syngenta

Afternoon Chair: Kevin Schooley, BGO

2:00 How to Give Your Transplants the Best Chance of Survival
Charles Keddy, Keddy Nursery Inc.

2:30-3:30 Panel: Harvest Management and Logistics
Charles Gray, 4 Corners Farm, USA
Dave Klyn-Hesselink, Fenwick Berry Farm
Dusty Zamecnik, EZ Grow Farms
Dave VanDeVelde, Wholesome Pickins

3:30 Fitting New Herbicides into your Berry Weed Management Program
Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA

BUSINESS
Room 204 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Robb Wagner, OMAFRA

9:30 Making Money with Your Pen
Margaret May, OSCIA

10:00 Decreasing Burden, Maximizing Sustainability
Nick Betts, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform

10:30 Taxation Update
Rick Wismer, MNP

11:00 Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management: Benefits of a DRC Membership
Anne Fowlie, Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation

DRIP IRRIGATION WORKSHOP
Room 203 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Chair: Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA

1:00-4:00

Develop You Farm Specific Drip Irrigation Schedule
1. Farm Water Requirements: Crop peak flow and annual water requirements
2. Plant Water Requirements: System operating time and schedule for various crop growth stages
3. Preferred Irrigation Scheduling Tools and Techniques

Bring a calculator and a pencil

FMO NETWORKING SYMPOSIUM
Ballroom D (Main Floor)
Chair: Jay Howell, Brantview Apples & Cider

9:30 California Certified Farmers' Market Program
Gail Hayden, California Farmers' Market Association, USA

10:30-11:30 How Special Events can Grow your Brand and Make $$$
Tess Van Den Bosch, Night Market, Junction Farmers' Market
Noella Rinaldo, Applefest, Urban Park Market

11:30-12:00 In Recognition of FMO Excellence

2:00-3:00 Rising from the Ashes: Rebuilding Your Farmers' Market
Rachelle Richard-Collette, Bouctouche Farmers' Market, New Brunswick

3:00-4:00 Market Success and Challenges in Nova Scotia
Justin Cantafio, Nova Scotia Farmers' Market Co-operative

4:00-4:45 FMO Activities and Annual General Meeting

FOLIAR-MICRONUTRIENTS
Room 203 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Christoph Kessel, OMAFRA

9:30 The Challenges of Applying Foliar Nutrients
Dr. Abdel El Hadrami, OMEX Agriculture Inc.

10:00 Boron: Fact and Fiction
Wendall Boehlje, 20 Mule Team Borax, Rio Tint, USA

10:30 Foliar Nutrient Products: Which to Choose
Dr. Abdel El Hadrami, OMEX Agriculture Inc.

11:00 Foliar Fun Facts
Christoph Kessel, OMAFRA

GRAPE
Room 207-208 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Margaret Appleby

2:00 How to Manage Hard to Control Weeds in Grapes
Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA

2:30 Precision Vineyard Management
Dr. Kaan Kurtural, University of California-Davis, USA

3:00 Canopy Management Techniques to Improve Fruit Quality and Reduce Rot in Vinifera Cultivars
Dr. Paolo Sabbatini, Michigan State University, USA

3:30 The Italian Grape and Wine Industry: Role of Breeding for Innovation
Dr. Enrico Peterlunger, University of Udine, Italy

HOPS
Ballroom C (Main Floor)
Chair: Evan Elford and Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA

9:30 Environmental Impacts on Hop Cone Quality
Evan Elford, OMAFRA

10:00 Pest Management and Cone Quality
Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA
Dr. Asifa Munawar, University of Guelph

10:30 Post-Harvest Methods for Optimal Cone Quality
Alex Adams, Cedar Hop Farm, Harmony Agricultural Services, and Processing Consultant, MILocal Hops, USA

11:00 Ontario Processor Perspectives: What Do We Need to Do to Improve Cone Quality?
Brandon Bickle, Valley Hops
Curtis VanQuaethem, VQH Farms & Kinglake Farms
Nicolas Schaut, Bighead Hops
Scott Hayhoe, Hayhoe Hops

OFFMA SUMMIT
Ballroom B (Main Floor)
Chair: Steve Martin, Martin's Family Fruit Farm

9:30-10:30 Create a Farm Website that Sells
Charlotte Smith, 3 Cow Marketing, USA

10:30-11:30 Keeping Track of your Employee Hours
Al Kinsella, Barrie Hill Farm
Shannon Miller, Miller's Bay Farm

11:30 OFFMA's AGM

2:00-3:00 The Causey Farm Story – On-Farm Events
Angela Causey, Causey Farms, Ireland

3:00-4:00 Content & Branding: Making First Impressions that Last
Jenna Champagne, Murphy's Farm Market and Bakery

4:00 Round Table Talks
Coordinated by: Leslie Forsythe, Forsythe Family Farms

ONTARIO'S FINEST SWEET AND HARD CIDER COMPETITION
Port Colborne Lounge (2nd Floor)
Chairs: Kelly Ciceran, OAG and Kristy Grigg-McGuffin, OMAFRA
12:30 - 4:00
SWEET AND HARD APPLE CIDER
Room 206 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Richard Liu, Ontario Craft Cider Association

9:30 Panel: Winners and Losers of Cider Specific Cultivar Trials in Ontario
Derek Plotkowski, University of Guelph
Dr. Darby McGrath, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

10:00 Juice Composition for Hard Cider Production: Yeast Assimilable Nitrogen and Foliar Fertilization
Derek Plotkowski, University of Guelph

10:30-11:30 Panel: Current Examples of Contracting Apples for Cider in Ontario
Nick Sutcliffe, Pommies Cider
Brock Puddicombe, Puddicombe Cider Company
John Ardiel, Ardiel Cider House

SWEET CORN AND PUMPKINS
Room 201-202 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Elaine Roddy, OMAFRA

9:30 Fruit Rots of Pumpkins and Squash
Dr. Sally Miller, Ohio State University, USA

10:00 Soil Management Strategies for Intensive Vegetable Rotations
Dr. Kate Congreves, University of Saskatchewan

10:30 Insect Pests of Sweet Corn: Trapping, Identification and Management Options
Marion Zuefle, Cornell University, USA

11:00 Nutrient Cycling in Vegetable Crops
Dr. Kate Congreves, University of Saskatchewan

TENDER FRUIT
Room 207-208 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Kathryn Carter, OMAFRA

9:30 Soil Health
Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA

10:00 You Say You Want a Revolution? Well, You Know High Density Peaches Could Save the Orchard
Dr. Greg Lang, Michigan State University, USA

10:30 Achieving Consistent High Quality Pears
Dr. Stefano Musacchi, Washington State University, USA

11:00 Improving Labour Efficiency Grower Panel and Reducing Production Costs
Doug Darling, Sunnydale Farm
Kai Wiens, Kai Wiens Family Farm Ltd.
Brett Schuyler, Schuyler Farms Ltd.

TENDER FRUIT
Room 206 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Peter Vanweerden, OMAFRA

2:00 Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
Jeremias Cull, CFIA

2:30 Post Harvest Handling Tips for Peaches and Pears: Insights from California
Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham, University of California-Davis, USA

3:00 The Biology and Management Options for Thrips in Stone Fruit
Dr. Brett R. Blaauw, University of Georgia & Clemson University, USA

3:30 Out of this World New Fresh Grape Varieties
Dr. Amy Bowen and Michael Kauzlaric, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

THE FUTURE IS NOW: EMERGING TOOLS FOR IPM SESSION
Room 204 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Hannah Fraser, OMAFRA

2:00 Reality Bytes: Detecting Plant Diseases with Aerial Photography is Harder Than it Looks
Dr. Mary-Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph

2:30 Sterile Male Releases for Control of Insect Pests
Dr. François Fournier, Collège Montmorency

3:00 Refining Pheromone-Based Monitoring and Attract-and-Kill Tools for Native and Invasive Fruit Pests
Dr. Tracy Leskey, USDA-Agriculture Research Service, USA

3:30 Is There a Place for RNAi in IPM Programs for Insect Pests?
Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree, University of Guelph

THE GREAT ONTARIO-HOPPED CRAFT BEER COMPETITION
Ballroom C (Main Floor)
Chairs: Jason Deveau, Evan Elford, David Lauzon, OMAFRA
2:00 - 4:00
VEGETABLE WEED CONTROL
Room 201-202 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Dennis Van Dyk, OMAFRA

2:00 Weed Control in Carrots
Dr. Clarence Swanton, University of Guelph

2:30 Integrated Weed Management Without Linuron Herbicide
Dr. Jed Colquhoun, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

3:00 Stacked In-Row Cultivation Tools Improve Weed Management and Tool Selectivity in Carrots
Dr. Dan Brainard, Michigan State University, USA

3:30 Potato Weed/Vine Management and Cover Crop Mulches for Weed Control in Organic Vegetable Production
Dr. Jed Colquhoun, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

WINERY
Room 205 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Erin Panek, OMAFRA

9:30 The Role of Macromolecules on Red Wine Stability and Astringency
Dr. Matteo Marangon, University of Padova, Italy

10:00 Tannin Alert- Update
Dr. Belinda Kemp, CCOVI

10:30 Building Body: Tannins and Structure in Red Wines
Dr. Anna Katherine Mansfield, Cornell University, USA

11:00 Soil Type Impact on Aromatics
Dr. Belinda Kemp, CCOVI
Dr. Jim Willwerth, CCOVI

Afternoon Chair: Belinda Kemp, CCOVI

2:00 Wine Fining with Plant Proteins
Dr. Matteo Marangon, University of Padova, Italy

2:30 Feed your Yeast: The Importance of YAN
Dr. Anna Katherine Mansfield, Cornell University, USA

3:00-4:00 LCBO Sparkling Wine Trends
Carolyn O'Grady-Gold, LCBO