Why should you attend?


Fruit & Vegetable presents the latest in soil and water-related research, actionable insights and best management practices for commercial fruit and vegetable growers.

We’ll highlight top-of-mind topics in soil and water from industry-leading experts and promote discussion among growers to advance the industry while improving your bottom line.


Soil and water are the great equalizers in agriculture but managing them is not a one-size-fits all process. With rising input costs and continuing supply chain issues, knowing how best to work with the tools you already have and how best to supplement them is key.

The Canadian Fruit & Vegetable Summit will bring together researchers, extension specialists and growers for an educational summit on key topics in soil and water. Expert presentations and panel discussions will cover actionable insights, leading research and best management practices to take home and use on-farm.


With more than 75 years as a leading magazine, Fruit & Vegetable is proud to present its first in-person summit in St. Catharines, Ont., dedicated to commercial fruit and vegetable producers in Canada.

If you are a commercial producer or researcher/student in this sector – don’t miss out!

Attend Canadian Fruit & Vegetable Summit
Get ready to discover new technologies and solutions

Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded
7:30am to 8:30am

Exhibitor Set-Up


Attendee Registration Opens

9:00am to 9:05am

Opening Remarks

9:05am to 9:50am

Soil testing 101

Speaker: Jason Henry, laboratory supervisor, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

9:50am to 10:35am

Tools for managing water erosion and runoff

Speaker: Kevin McKague, engineer, water quality, OMAFRA

10:35am to 11:05am

Coffee and Networking Break

11:05am to 12:00pm

Growth and Tech Trials

Speaker: Christine George, research lead for the Horticultural & Environmental Sciences Innovation Centre, Niagara College.
12:00pm to 1:15pm

Lunch Break

1:15pm to 2:00pm

Boots on the ground with Mark Richards

Vegetable and cash crop grower in Chatham-Kent

2:00pm to 2:45pm

Using the Soil Health Assessment & Plan

Speakers: Danny Jefferies, soil management specialist, horticulture, OMAFRA

2:45pm to 3:15pm

Coffee and Networking Break

3:15pm to 4:00pm

Options and a game plan for weed control in June bearing strawberries

Speaker: Sonny Murray, Berry Specialist, Perennia Food and Agriculture Corporation

In this session, Perennia Food and Agriculture’s Berry Specialist, Sonny Murray, will walk through the weed control options and review a typical program from the year of establishment through harvest while highlighting some difficult-to-control weeds.

Closing Remarks


St. Catharines

Holiday Inn & Suites Conference Centre

327 Ontario St. – St. Catharines, ON
Parking is FREE!

Last Day to Book: October 29th

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Special rate of $140/night. Please Click Here to book online!

Or you can also go to www.holidayinn.com/stcath and enter GDM as the group code.

Reservations using the link must be made by May 26, 2023. Any reservations made after the cut-off date will be subject to availability and the prevailing rate.

If guests wish to book room types other than those listed under the group block, or wish to arrive early, or extend their stay, please they call the hotel directly 1-877-688-2324 ext. 2


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