Another very successful Muck Conference has just wrapped up in Bradford. Formally called the Annual Muck Vegetable Growers Conference, Meetings & Equipment Trade Show, this event marks the completion of the 2014 field year and is an opportunity for growers, trades people and the agricultural academics to get together.
The job of organizing this event is shared by the Bradford Co-operative and Storage and the staff at the Muck Crops Research Station. The trade show features 65 display booths manned by warmly dressed sales people working on the arena floor and is organized by the Co-op.
The speaker program is organized by Mary Ruth McDonald and this year included excellent presentations by four Plant Agriculture grad students -- Brian Collins, Jason Lemay, Zach Telfer and Dennis Van Dyk. Keven Vander Kooi and Shawn Janse updated the audience on carrot and onion research and cultivar trials undertaken at the Muck Crops Research Station. A guest speaker from Germany gave a very well received presentation called “Understanding the onion: development and agronomy” and Clarence Swanton got growers up to speed with a presentation called “Herbicides for muck crops: current results and future directions”.
This two day long educational event is an excellent example of collaboration between academia, and the real world of agriculture.