IPM Symposium

  • Date

    January 6, 2020

  • Time

    7:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Location

    Cohen Ballroom

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre

Congress Registration
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The key to turf IPM is the use of cultural practices that optimize growth of grasses and minimize conditions favorable to pest insects, weeds, or pathogens. Landscape Ontario's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium has been a uniquely respected event since 1965. Attendees will earn 6 CECs from the IPM Council of Canada.


$125 for Members and Non-Members until December 13
$165 for Members and Non-Members after December 13

Admission to Congress 2020 Trade Show and Congress 'After Dark' is included with registration. The Congress Conference and other special events are a separate fee.

  • Registration and Refreshments
    7:30 am – 8:00 am
  • Optimizing Turfgrass Root Zone Fertility
    8:00 am – 9:30 am
    This presentation outlines optimal soil pH ranges for turfgrasses; the edaphic factors that influence soil pH and cation exchange capacity; and methods for assessing soil acidity, alkalinity, salinity, and/or sodicity. Attendees will learn to appraise the influence of current cultural inputs (irrigation water quality, topdressing mineralogy, N fertilizers) and justify appropriate modifications. Soil sampling and laboratory test selection as strategies for deducing soil chemical and/or physical limitations of turfgrass systems will be compared, as well as results from recent field evaluations of soil amendments, liming agents, and acidulents. Attendees will learn how to examine labels to recognize and identify acid‐ or alkalinity‐forming components of amendments, select amendments on that basis, and formulate safe rates and frequencies of application to improve turfgrass root zone chemistry.

    presented by: Dr. Max Schlossberg, Ph.D | Penn State University
  • Networking Break
    9:30 am – 9:45 am
  • Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers: Consistent, Efficient Nutrition as an IPM Tool
    9:45 am – 10:45 am
    Efficient, consistent nutrition key to managing healthy turf, and a cornerstone of an integrated pest management approach. Enhanced efficiency fertilizers include products that provide efficient N delivery, and greatly reduce the risk of nutrient loss to the environment. Some technologies target specific avenues of loss, such as ammonia volatilization, while others deliver efficiency through metered nutrient delivery. These products can be put together into fertilization programs that promote healthy, pest tolerant turf, protect natural resources, save labour and money, and help comply with emerging nutrient legislation.

    presented by: Eric Miltner, Ph.D. | Koch Turf & Ornamental
  • New and Emerging Products for Integrated Pest Management
    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    With the cosmetic pesticide ban, turf and landscape pest management practices have changed radically. Approved products must conform to strict regulatory guidelines, with greater emphasis on integrated approaches to achieve desired levels of pest, weed or disease suppression — i.e. Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In general, products should be applied preventatively, often more than once, and in ways that do not compromise their efficacy. As new products come to market, practitioners must have information that allows them to apply the materials effectively and efficiently. This presentation introduces attendees to new and emerging products, provides information on their modes of action, efficacy and safe use, and illustrates how they can best be utilized in IPM strategies.

    presented by:
    Reinie Drygala BBA MBA, Intelligro
    Mike Ross, Plant Products
    John Libs, Phyllom BioProducts Corporation
    Steve Loveday, Target Specialty Products
  • Lunch and Supplier Showcase
    11:45 am – 1:00 pm
  • Update from the Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks
    1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Understand the dos and don’ts for pesticide use in Ontario: helping ensure you and your applicators stay in compliance. In this session, Scott will provide the audience with an overview of inspection and compliance findings by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, including recent case studies of non-compliant use. The relevant sections/requirements under the Ontario Pesticide Act and Ontario Regulation 63/09 will be highlighted.

    presented by: Scott Olan B.Sc. (Agri) | Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks
  • How Healthy Soils Support Plant Health
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    Soil health is a term being talked about more and more by landscape professionals — and by the companies that provide products to the landscape construction and maintenance industry. This is an exciting new idea built on our growing understanding of the ancient relationship between plants and their soil environment; we will dig deep into this idea. The presentation will present answers to:
    • What exactly is soil health?
    • What’s going on in the hidden world below grade?
    • What are microbes and other organisms doing down there, and who are they?
    • What powers this system?
    • How does a healthy soil environment keep plants fed and healthy?
    • How do we improve soil health? What do we need to change about what we do?
    • Why grow plants with ‘biology’ instead of ‘chemistry’?
    • How does a soil health-based program improve the health of your company?
    Bob’s presentations always conclude with a lively Q & A session.

    presented by: Bob Reeves | Earth Alive Clean Technologies
  • Networking Break
    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Pests and Diseases of Turf: Monitoring and Management Tools
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    This talk will discuss the insect pests and diseases that can occur in turf stands found in landscaped environments. Specifics on the biology and epidemiology of the pests will be presented, as well as some newer tools for monitoring. Management options, based on recent research at the University of Guelph and other institutions in North America, will be presented.

    presented by: Katerina Jordan, Ph.D. | University of Guelph
  • Box Tree Moth - Update
    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
    presented by: Jennifer Llewellyn | OMAFRA & Thomas Intven | Canadale Nurseries
  • Grand Prize Draw
    4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
    Every attendee will receive an IPM Passport at the beginning of the symposium. Attendees can visit each of the exhibitors to receive a stamp. When the passport is full, put the passport in the ballot wheel for a chance to win an Apple iPad 9.7", Wi-Fi, A10 Fusion Chip, 128 GB, iOS 11, Space Grey.

Presenting Sponsor

Keynote Sponsor

Tabletop Sponsor


  • Max Schlossberg

    Max Schlossberg PhD

    Penn State University


    Full Bio
  • Eric Miltner

    Eric Miltner PhD CCA 4R NMS

    Koch Turf & Ornamental

    Wichita, KS

    Eric Miltner is an Agronomist with Koch Turf & Ornamental, a leading manufacturer of Enhanced Eciency Fertilizers.

    Full Bio
  • Reinie Drygala

    Reinie Drygala BBA, MBA


    Reinie Drygala is the Global Manager for Intelligro.

    Full Bio
  • Mike Ross

    Mike Ross

    Plant Products Inc

    Leamington, ON

    Mike Ross represents Plant Products in the Lawn Care Sector.

    Full Bio
  • Steve Loveday

    Steve Loveday

    Target Specialty Products

    Burlington, ON

    Steve Loveday, the Product Development Manager for Target Specialty Products, earned his Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University and has worked in the golf industry for the past 25 years.

    Full Bio
  • Bob Reeves

    Bob Reeves

    Root Rescue Environmental Products

    Waterdown, ON

    Bob has come to believe that the secret to plant success (and our professional success) is hiding under our feet.

    Full Bio
  • Katerina Jordan

    Katerina S Jordan PhD

    University of Guelph

    Guelph, ON


    Full Bio
  • John Libs

    John Libs

    Phyllom BioProducts Corporation

    John Libs is currently CEO of Phyllom BioProducts Corp (PBC).

    Full Bio
  • Scott Olan

    Scott Olan BSc (Agri)

    Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

    Scott has been a Regional Pesticides Specialist with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks in Eastern Region since 2005.

    Full Bio