JACKSON, Mo. — The Missouri Tomato Conference will be Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29 at the Cape Girardeau County Extension Center, 684 Jackson Trail, Jackson, Missouri. This state-wide Tomato Conference brings together top experts in the field with regional experts and successful local tomato farmers to teach growers and serious hobbyists how to better grow Missouri’s top selling vegetable.
Day one begins at 8:45 and will include presentations on the following topics:
- Tomato Production with Plasticulture
- Keeping a Healthy Environment in the Greenhouse
- Top Tomato Diseases and Management
- Track 1:Field Tomatoes –
- Field Tomatoes from a farmer’s perspective – Rick Bollinger, Luckey Pickin’s Farm
- Tips on Managing Irrigation
- How to Build a Caterpillar Tunnel
- Track 2: Greenhouse and High Tunnel tomatoes
- High Tunnel Tomatoes from a farmer’s perspective – Rennie Phillips. Sandhill’s Farm
- Humidity Control
- Issues with Heaters in a Greenhouse
- Dicamba on Specialty Crops
- Keeping ‘Em Fresh – Optimizing Shelf Life for Tomatoes
Day two consists of farm tours and on-site education at two area farms from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
This conference features national and regional presenters including:
Dr. Rick Snyder – Dr. Snyder (left) is Extension/Research Professor at the Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, MS. His areas of specialty include greenhouse tomatoes and other vegetables, field vegetables, and mushrooms. Dr. Snyder hosts the well-known Mississippi Green-house Tomato Short Course, now in its 27th year, and is a highly sought speaker on all aspects of greenhouse tomato production.
Dr. Joe Kemble, Auburn University – Dr. Kemble is Extension Vegetable Specialist & Professor at Auburn University, AL. He is the senior editor of the annual Vegetable Crop Handbook for the Southeastern US, and works extensively with all aspects of tomato production. Dr. Kemble’s research program focuses on use of cover crops and reduced tillage for vegetable production, nutrient manage ment, double cropping using plasticulture.
Registration is $30. Registration includes lunch on day one, all presentations and handouts, farm tours on day two and the Greenhouse Tomato Handbook by Dr. Snyder (1 per family or farm).
Complete conference information is available at webbcityfarmersmarket.com or by calling 573-243-3581.
The Missouri Tomato Conference is sponsored by the Webb City Farmers Market, University of Missouri Extension, and Lincoln University Co-operative Extension. It is underwritten by a specialty crops grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and by the Missouri Strike Force Project..
— Webb City Farmers Market
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