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Learn about the major cucurbit insect pests and control options including spray options and a discussion on insect exclusion techniques that may be of interest to conventional and organic growers. There will be time for for questions and discussion throughout. 
Presenter: Dr. Kacie Athey

The 25th Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference will be delivered virtually as live webinars over several days. Presenters will cover research-based information on production topics for commercial vegetable and fruit growers from farms in Illinois and Wisconsin, selling to small and/or wholesale markets. The virtual format gives growers access to experts from wherever they are to support their needs and answer their questions live. 

Illinois Extension specialists will give growers timely updates to better manage their crops for the upcoming season and cover topics that growers are interested in such as pumpkin varieties and high tunnel production. Dr. Mohammad Babadoost and Dr. Kacie Athey will highlight the conference with talks focused on fruit and vegetables disease and insects. 

Cost

The entire series is $20. Thursday-only sessions are $10, or Friday-only sessions are $15. Participants will receive access to the live presentations, handouts, and YouTube recordings of the sessions. 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Grant McCarty at gmccarty@illinois.edu or Sarah Farley at sfarley@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

Additional Sessions

Thursday Sessions | 1 - 3:30 PM

February 18 - Fruits

  • Apple Insect Pests and Their Control Options
    Presenter: Dr. Kacie Athey
    This presentation will cover the major and minor apple insect pest growers are likely to encounter in our region. The control measures discussed will include both conventional insecticide sprays as well as cultural and biological control options. The talk will be broken down into sections with time for questions and discussion throughout.
  • Observations in 2020 and Recommendations for 2021 of Apple and Cherry Diseases
    Presenter: Dr. Mohammad Babadoost

February 25 - Vegetables

  • Cucurbit Insect Pests, Conventional and Cultural Control Techniques
    Presenter: Dr. Kacie Athey
    This presentation will cover the major cucurbit insect pests and control options. This will include spray options and a discussion on insect exclusion techniques that may be of interest to conventional and organic growers alike. The talk will be broken down into sections with time for questions and discussion throughout.
  • Outcomes of the Recent Research Studies on Cucurbit and Tomato Diseases
    Presenter: Dr. Mohammad Babadoos 

 

Friday Sessions | noon - 1 PM

February 12: Hard Cider Production
Presenter: Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension
Learn about market potential for the addition of hard cider to your existing farm or orchard operation. We’ll delve into the styles, production techniques, financial benefits and reasons why hard cider is a growing trend across the nation. Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension, will share examples from new world cider makers in New Zealand and traditional artisans in the UK about how they adapt to new trends and how the growing U.S. market is changing.

February 26: Pumpkin Varieties
Presenter: Nathan Johanning, University of Illinois Extension
Hear about current research on pumpkin variety performance in Illinois and successful weed management programs for pumpkins. 

February 19: High Tunnel Production
Presenter: Bronwyn Aly, University of Illinois Extension
Learn about basic high tunnel tomato production practices and observations on different varieties being grown in research trials in Southern Illinois.