GOSHEN — Produce growers in northern Indiana and southern Michigan can learn to make their operations more profitable and productive March 8 at the third annual Michiana Vegetable and Fruit Growers Meeting.
The daylong event is hosted by the Purdue Extension and Michigan State Extension Services. It runs 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 County Road 34, Goshen.
The meeting will feature several educational sessions in the morning followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon. There will also be a trade show for attendees to visit during registration and breaks.
Regional growers should try to attend because this is a unique opportunity to gain reliable information from university experts to make the operation back home more productive and profitable.
Topics and presenters in the morning sessions are:
• “Sign Up for DriftWatch ” – John Woodmansee, Purdue Extension-Whitley County educator.
• “Insect Management in Fruits and Vegetables” and “Controlling Insect Pests While Protecting Your Pollinators” – Rick Foster, Purdue professor of Entomology and Extension vegetable and fruit crop coordinator.
• “Phytophthora Treatment and Prevention” – Dan Egel, Purdue Regional IPM Specialist in Plant Pathology
• “Challenges in 2017, Looking Forward to 2018 Small Fruit Production” – Bruce Bordelon, Purdue Small Fruit Specialist
Attendees can choose one of three breakout sessions to attend in the afternoon.
A greenhouse plant production session will feature speakers on insect control, plug and transplant basics, using LED lighting indoors and growing leafy greens.
A second session will visit a local blackberry and grape farm, where Bruce Bordelon will lead a hands on pruning workshop. Be sure to dress for the weather.
The third track in the afternoon will focus on sweet corn and will be led by Ron Goldy, Michigan State Extension vegetable educator in southwest Michigan.
The registration fee is $30 includes lunch. Additional participants from the same organization pay $15 per person. Registration deadline is March 3. Visit goo.gl/KTWfgB for the full agenda and registration forms.