Date: Friday, March 7
The goal of this workshop is to learn about tomato production through the utilization of grafting for disease management and enhanced plant vigor and yield. Participants will learn why grafting is an important tool in vegetable production, become familiar with some commercially available rootstocks and learn about some important research projects underway. In addition, participants will learn the art and the science of tomato grafting through hands-on experience. Each person will receive tomato plants which they will use to practice proper techniques as well as learn the importance of and how to build and manage a ‘healing chamber’, where plants are kept while the grafts heal.
A tremendous amount of grafting research has been done using tomatoes, however, additional crops, such as cucumber, melon and watermelon are also being grafted. Participants will receive an introduction into the fascinating world of cucurbit grafting, as well.
A follow-up to this workshop will be held in the early summer. The Grafting Tomato Field Day will be held at the Small Farm Unit and participants will see different rootstock/ scion combinations, learn how to do disease ratings and have a tomato taste test!
Webinar — Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Plasticulture Strawberry Production
Date: Tuesday March 11th
This webinar will cover sustainable soil management and integrated pest management practices that can be easily integrated into plasticulture strawberry production systems. Topics to be covered include soil health, compost, cover crops, soil testing, integrated pest management practices and ideas for incorporating these methods into a plasticulture production system. We will primarily focus on the application of these practices for strawberry producers in the SE United States but the general concepts can be applied anywhere.
We will use your contact information only to send you directions on how to join the webinar (or attend in person) and to provide instructions for configuring your computer before the webinar gets started.
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