Mantioba Potato Production Days, Conference and Trade Show, Jan 29, 30, & 31, 2019
Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB

A Great Canadian Potato Show

Tuesday January 23rd, 2018

6:30 to 8:00 pm: ICE BREAKER IN THE MANITOBA ROOM
Join us for appetizers and beverages courtesy of Burbank Express

FREE FRIES
Offered Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm
and
Thursday from 10 am to 11:30 am

Check for your coupon behind your nametag and redeem at the Main Street Canteen

RISE & SHINE – BREAKFAST IS ON IN THE UCT PAVILION
8:00 AM WEDNESDAY
8:00 AM THURSDAY

LOCATION INFORMATION
THE TRADE SHOW IS HELD IN THE MANITOBA & UCT PAVILION ROOM
WITH PRESENTATIONS AND THE DEMO ACROSS THE HALL IN CITY SQUARE

ANY QUESTIONS? STOP BY THE REGISTRATION DESK LOCATED IN THE UCT PAVILION

Wednesday January 24th, 2018

8:00 AMBREAKFAST IN THE UCT PAVILION
9:00 AMWELCOMING REMARKS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
9:05 AM“Biology and Management of Black Dot of Potato” – Neil Gudmestad:
A part of the early die complex, black dot continues to be a challenge to control. Learn more about the lifecycle of this pathogen and hear Neil discuss the results of research he has conducted looking at various management practices and fungicide products to suppress this disease.
9:35 AM“Alternative Vine Management Strategies” – Jed Calquhoun:
Vine desiccation update
10:05 AMCOFFEE BREAK
11:00 AM“Can We Link Drone Imagery to Potato Productivity” – Bernie Zebarth:
UAV’s have many useful applications. Dr. Zebarth will talk about various drone applications including their use in research, to potentially identify areas of disease, and to capture imagery to track crop performance. He will also discuss some of the challenges associated with drone use and alternative tools including recent advances in satellite options.
11:25 AMKEYNOTE PRESENTATION
“Is Sustainability Sustainable” – Jed Calquhoun:

Sustainability is nothing new and neither is sustainable agriculture, but more recently the food supply chain has become interested in measuring sustainability. This really grew out of industrial sustainability metrics, where it’s fairly easy to measure different parameters. In agriculture, we really don’t have specific meters and the term sustainability itself is rather nebulous, because it could cover everything from carbon and water footprint, to labor, and all the different measures that are hard to quantify. Hear Dr. Colquhoun discuss these challenges and the potential implications.
12:15 PMBUFFET LUNCHEON IN THE UCT PAVILION
1:30 PM“SDHI Fungicide Resistance in the Early Blight Pathogen” – Neil Gudmestad:
First generation SDHI’s were discovered more than 40 years ago, however in more recent years, SDHI’s with increased spectrum and potency have been launched in various crops and producers have come to rely on the high level of efficacy delivered by these products. Mutations conferring reduced sensitivity were, and continue to be, identified in a number of pathogens. Dr. Gudmestad first identified resistant populations of Alternaria species in potato years ago and continues to study the prevalence and impact of SDHI fungicide resistance in early blight. He will disucss how the pathogen population continues to shift as disease pattern/severity  and product usage changes from year to year.
2:15 PM“Nefarious Nightshade” – Pam Hutchinson:
Pam’s work includes hairy nightshade biology in potato cropping systems and Hairy nightshade control with targeted tank mixtures.
2:45 PM“Weed ‘em and Reap – the Susceptibility of Weeds from Potato Production Systems to Potato-Aggressive Isolates of Verticillium dahliae.” – Zack Frederick:
Have you ever wondered what’s going on when your Verticillium soil counts are so low, but you have problems with Verticillium wilt in your next potato crop? One of several possible explanations is that your Verticillium dahliae, the causal fungus, from your soil is more aggressive to potato. Aggressiveness in this case refers to the ability to create increasingly severe wilt symptoms observed over several years, sometimes with low numbers of an overwintering fungal body in the soil called microsclerotia. Aggressiveness can also refer to the ability of the fungus to produce many, many more of these microsclerotia within a crop like potato than any another crop. Verticillium aggressiveness to a crop has been thought to develop as the fungus completes its lifecycle many times within the same crop. Is it possible that Verticillium aggressiveness to potato can develop in another plant besides potato? What about a weed that can grow in more crop rotations than potato? Come explore the answers to these questions, and possibly more, in Dr. Zachary Frederick’s presentation
3:10 PMCOFFEE BREAK
4:10 PM“Manipulating Seed for Better Results” – Andy Robinson:
Through his work in extension, Dr. Robinson has assisted potato growers in developing science-based solutions to real-world problems in potato production. In this presentation, Andy will highlight seed management practices including the impact of cut seed size on yield and quality and the effects of physiological age on crop performance. He will also discuss some of his research looking at plant growth regulators in seed production.
4:40 PMSEED CUTTING DEMO BY MILESTONE
5:30 PM SPUDS & SUDS SUPPER
FEATURING ROBIN CHESTNUT

Thursday January 25th

8:00 AMBREAKFAST IN THE UCT PAVILION
9:00 AMWELCOMING REMARKS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
9:05 AMSEED CUTTING DEMO BY MILESTONE
9:35 AM“Weird and Wild World of Physiological Disorders” – Andy Robinson:
Growers, crop consultants, and extension agents will find this presentation very beneficial as Andy will share photos and information to help identify physiological disorders in potato. In addition to the many diseases that can affect potato, there is a myriad of abnormalities that can be present in the absence of pathogens such as coiled sprout, elephant hide, heat stress etc.. These can sometimes be more ambiguous and difficult to identify.
9:55 AM“Impact of potato seed crop management on processing crop quality & yield” – Alison Nelson:
Have you ever wondered what impact the seed growing season has on the subsequent daughter/production crop the following year? What about the storage conditions? Dr. Nelson’s research seeks to answer these questions as she has tested various in-field and storage treatments under local Manitoba growing conditions.
10:15 AMCOFFEE BREAK
11:00 AM“Are You Ready for a Beetle Battle” – Tracy Shinners-Carnelley:
Colorado potato beetle has been a long standing pest of potatoes in Manitoba.  The neonicotinoid insecticides have provided excellent control for many years, but times are changing.  This presentation will provide an update on current insecticide performance and some key pieces of information for you to ready yourself for the beetle battle that’s coming.
11:20 AM“Evidence for Changes in Colorado Potato Beetle Emergence– Management Implications” – Russell Groves:
Have growers unknowingly “trained” beetles to outsmart control strategies? Extensive reliance of at-plant applied neonicotinoid insecticides has had an impact on Colorado potato beetle patterns. Dr. Groves will share his experience from Wisconsin and help growers identify the management implications as a result of what has become standard control practices.
11:50 AM“What’s New for Old Crop Protection Products” – David Jones:
Growers have come to rely on what can be considered old crop protection products. Products such as Mancozeb-based dusts (Manzate, Penncozeb) and Chlorothalonil (Bravo, Echo) have been around for years and have provided relatively in-expensive protection from potato disease. These products, as well as others are currently being re-evaluated and substantial use limitations are being proposed. The number of allowable applications may be reduced to as little as a single application per season in one case. If these proposed limitations are approved, it will force growers to completely rethink their fungicide strategy moving forward. As the Potato Industry Coordinator with the Canadian Horticulture Council, David has extensive knowledge about the potential impacts these proposed changes will have on Canadian potato growers.
12:20 PMTHURSDAY LUNCHEON
FEATURING GREG PETERSON OF PETERSON FARM BROS

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