December 11, 2008

Purdue specialists featured at the Illiana Vegetable Growers' School

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University and University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Services will sponsor the Illiana Vegetable Growers' School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 6 at Teibel's Restaurant in Schererville, Ind.

"The speakers this year are focusing their discussions to help growers - which include commercial vegetable growers and market farmers - prepare for next year's crop and how to improve production through better management," said Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension educator.

Purdue pest management specialists Rick Foster, Steve Weller and Dan Egel will present new information about biorational and organic insecticides and managing bacterial diseases of tomatoes and pumpkins.

The schedule is as follows:

* 8-8:30 a.m. Registration

* 8:35-9:05 a.m. Biorational and organic insecticides - Foster

* 9:05-9:35 a.m. Vegetable crop response to simulated drift of dicamba and glyphosate herbicides - Weller

* 9:35-10:05 a.m. What is a Section 18 label? - Joe Becovitz, Office of the Indiana State Chemist

* 10:35-11:15 a.m. Managing bacterial diseases of tomatoes and pumpkins - Egel

* 11:15-11:30 a.m. Performance of powdery mildew resistant pumpkin varieties in 2008 - Liz Maynard, Purdue Extension specialist

* 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunch provided by Teibel's Restaurant

* 1:15-2 p.m. Focus on tomatoes - Weller, Maynard and Butch Zandstra of Zandstra's Farm

* 2-2:05 p.m. Lake County's eat your way to better health program - Nikky Witkowski, Purdue Extension Lake County

* 2:05-2:50 p.m. The power of MarketMaker - Maria Marshall, Purdue agricultural economics assistant professor

* 2:55-3:30 p.m. Farms and development: Strategies for co-existing - Jeff Burbink, Purdue Extension Elkhart County

* 3:30-3:45 p.m. Nitrogen fertilizer rates for pumpkins planted in rye cover crop - Maurice Ogutu, University of Illinois Extension

* 3:45-4 p.m. Sweet corn variety results for 2008 - Maynard

Preregistration for the workshop is Dec. 28 by completing a registration form and mailing it with a registration fee of $25 per person to Purdue Extension Lake County, ANR Dept., 880 East 99th Court, Suite A, Crown Point, IN 46307. Checks should be made payable to Purdue CES Education Fund. Registration fee includes the luncheon, refreshments and handouts. Registrations will be accepted at the door beginning at 8 a.m. (CST), but a meal cannot be guaranteed without preregistration.

Individuals who hold a valid Indiana private Pesticide Applicator License can receive credit toward recertification by attending the morning session and paying a $10 fee. Indiana Commercial Pesticide Applicators may receive continuing certification hours. Certified crop adviser continuing education units have been approved in pest management and crop management.

For more information visit Individuals also can contact Witkowski at (219) 755-3240 or Maynard at (219) 785-5673.

Writer: Elizabeth Fritz, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Gene Matzat, (219) 324-9407,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
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