2023 Crop Health Conference

Monday, December 4, 2023, 7:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Northeastland Hotel
436 Main St, Presque Isle, ME 04769 (Google Maps)
Cost: $25

Basket sitting on pile of newly picked Maine potatoes.Join us at the 2023 Crop Health Conference for the potato industry. This event is a valuable opportunity for individuals across the agriculture industry. The conference includes presentations on research trials and field experiments, facilitating information exchange and professional networking—all pivotal to the success of our potato industry.

CCA/CEUs credit: 5.5 credits
Pesticide Credit: 5 credits


Register Online

Please register by November 25, 2023 to help us with lunch headcount planning.

Early Bird Registration Fee: $25 (online; by November 25)
Walk-in Registration:
$40 (on-site; cash only)

Schedule of Events, December 4, 2023

7:45 a.m. – Registration and Light Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – Management of Volunteer Potatoes – Dr. Ibrahim Kutay Ozturk, Potato Pathologist, UMaine Extension

8:30 a.m. – PFAS constituents in pesticides; what products are likely to be affected and why? – Dr. Pam Bryer, Pesticides Toxicologist, Maine BPC (DACF)

9:00 a.m. – An Overview on Potato Storage Disease Management with Peracetic Acid – Dr. Vijay Choppakatla, Director of Research and Development, BioSafe Systems

9:15 a.m. – Key research findings from 25 years of potato pest and fertility management – Dr. John Jemison, Soil and Water Specialist, UMaine Extension

9:45 a.m. – Coffee Break and Discussion

10:00 a.m. – Optimizing crop protection applications through proper adjuvant selection – Matt Cimino, Adjuvant Portfolio Manager, Nachurs Alpine Solutions

10:30 a.m. – Corteva AgriScience Update – Brandon McCrum, Territory Manager, Corteva AgriScience

10:45 a.m. – Assessing Potato Virus Y (PVY) using reflectance spectroscopy and molecular tools – Dr. Ek Han Tan, Associate Professor of Plant Genetics, UMaine

11:15 a.m. – New insecticide materials from Sygenta – Jonathan Stevens, Sales Representative, Syngenta Crop Protection

11:30 a.m. – Hot Lunch

12:00 p.m. – New practices and programs with NRCS – Helena Swiatek, District Conservationist, USDA–NRCS

12:15 p.m. – Insect Control Studies – Aaron Buzza, Assistant Scientist of Entomology, UMaine

12:30 p.m. – RNA interference for Colorado potato beetle management – Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, Professor of Applied Entomology, UMaine

1:00 p.m. – Integrating Chemical Strategies for Sustainable Postharvest Management, Lucie Grant, Technical Director, Lallemand

1:15 p.m. – McCain EIQ – Dr. Manphool Fageria, Senior Scientist and Manager, McCain Farm of the Future

1:45 p.m. – Coffee Break and Discussion

2:00 p.m. – Vapam Soil Fumigation, MITC movement, and how to get the most out of your application – Ralph Frederick, Technical Sales Rep, AMVAC

2:15 p.m. – What we have learned from the study of blackleg and soft rot of potato – Dr. Jianjun Hao (Jay), Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, UMaine

2:45 p.m. – A Comprehensive Approach to IPM and ROI Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture – Dr. Bee Chim, Agronomist, UMaine

3:00 p.m. – Snack, Discussion and Adjourn

If you need registration assistance online, please get in touch with Mary Michaud or mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or call 207.581.3175.

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pam Hickey at 207.764.3361 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

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