Great Lakes Fruit and Vegetable Expo

Coming up on December 6-8 in Grand Rapids is the Great Lakes Fruit and Vegetable Expo.  The full program and registration details can be found at www.glexpo.com, but I thought I’d highlight some topics of interest to the Ontario tomato and pepper industry.

Dec. 6 (morning) – Tomato/Pepper/Eggplant Session

Controlling Transplant Height with Sumagic
Erik Runkle, Horticulture Dept., MSU

New and Old Insect Pests of Tomatoes and Peppers
Rick Foster, Entomology Dept., Purdue Univ.

Bacterial and Seed Borne Diseases
Sally Ann Miller, Plant Pathology Dept., The Ohio State Univ.

Foliar Diseases and Fruit Rots
Mary Hausbeck, Plant Pathology Dept., MSU

Dec. 7 (morning) – Cover Crops Session

Optimizing the Performance of Brassica Cover Crops in Annual and Perennial Vegetable Systems
Mathieu Ngouajio, Horticulture Dept., MSU

Mixing Cereal Rye and Hairy Vetch for Improved Performance: Do Mixture Proportions Matter?
Zachary Hayden, Horticulture Dept., MSU

Slurry Seeding: A New Technology for Cover Crop Establishment and Nitrogen Cycling
Tim Harrigan, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Dept., MSU

Cover Crop Selection Tool for Vegetable Cropping Systems
Dean Baas, Kellogg Biological Station, MSU Extension

Dec. 8 (morning) – Organic Soil Management Session

ABC’s of Soil Biology
Florian Chirra, Extension Educator, The Ohio State Univ.

Cover Crop Management on A Vegetable Farm-Different Farms, Different Systems
Tom and Vicki Zilke, Zilke Vegetable Farm, Milan, MI
Lee Arboreal, Eaters Guild Organic Farm, Bangor, MI

Compost-Getting It TO and ON the Vegetable Farm
Rebeca Titus, Titus Farms, Leslie, MI

On-Line Cover Crop Selector Tool-How It Works
Dean Baas, Kellogg Biological Station, MSU Extension

Dec. 8 (morning) – Identifying and Enhancing Natural Enemies in Vegetables Session

Beneficial Insects for Vegetable Production
Mary Gardiner, Entomology Dept., The Ohio State University

Enhancing Natural Enemies in Crops Using Flowering Plants
Megan Woltz, Entomology Dept., MSU

Impact of Strip-Tillage on Natural Enemies in Cabbage
Alexandria Bryant, Entomology Dept., MSU

Thinking Outside the Crop: Influence of Surrounding Landscapes on Ecosystem Services in Crop Fields
Brett Blaauw, Entomology Dept., MSU

Dec. 8 (afternoon) – Organic Vegetable Production Session

Trap Cropping Strategies for Organic Vegetables
Sally Ann Miller, Plant Pathology Dept., The Ohio State Univ.

Post Harvest Management of Organic Vegetables
Randy Beaudry, Horticulture Dept., MSU

From Field to Market: Grower Perspectives on Post-Harvest Management
Lee Arboreal, Eaters Guild Organic Farm, Bangor, MI

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