Hops will be a major topic of discussion at this week’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ convention in Niagara on the Lake.
As a demonstration of the increasing interest in growing hops in Ontario, OMAFRA has lined up a full-line up of speakers to make presentations on day one of the event on Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, along with the 5th year for the Great Ontario Hopped Craft Beer Challenge – where some of Ontario best craft brewers and hop growers team up and square off to claim the coveted “Bottomless Cup.”
9:30 An Overview of Hop Soil Fertility Management for Southern Ontario
Dr. Mehdi Sharifi, AAFC. Dr. Sharifi will be discussing nutriment management recommendations for hops, resulting from a literature study done by OHGA, with support of OCB this past summer.
10:00 Irrigating Hops Efficiently
Ted van der Gulik, Irrigation Industry Association of BC
10:30 Viruses in Ontario Hops 2016
Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA
11:00 Managing Viruses in the Hopyard
Dr. Ken Eastwell, Washington State University, USA
11:30 Hop Virus Q & A
Dr. Ken Eastwell, Washington State University, USA; Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA
Located at the dynamic Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the 2-day convention features a great lineup of horticultural experts, educational sessions, trade show exhibitors and great networking opportunities.
Learn, discover and network together with people who can help grow your knowledge and discover for yourself why OFVC is called Canada’s Premier Horticultural Event.
Judges will be tasting at the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition, held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 during the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls, ON. This year’s style of competition beer is a Belgian IPA.