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Don't make costly mistakes with your fruit and vegetable specialty crops.

Get the latest research at the 2022 Southern Illinois Fruit and Vegetable School

Get practical research-based information to make your specialty crop flourish and profit. This year, the program will feature four separate tracks to address vegetable, tree fruits, small fruits, and cut flower production. Current trends in insect and disease management, as well as a variety of other production related topics will be discussed. Vendors are onsite to discuss your production needs. One spray guide is included with registration!

Tree Fruit Webinars

8:30 Updates on Managing Peach Diseases, Emphasizing Results of our Research on Brown Rot
Mohammad Babadoost, Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois

9 AM: Let's Talk Weather: A Review of 2021 and a Look Forward to 2022 and Beyond
Trent Ford, State Climatologist, Illinois State Water Survey

9:30 AM: Management Strategies for Mineral Nutrition of Peach Trees
Brad Taylor, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

10:30 AM: 2022 Season in Review
Tom Schwartz, Owner, Schwartz Orchards

11 AM: Updates on Managing Apple Diseases, Emphasizing Bitter Rot Complex Problem
Mohammad Babadoost, Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois

1:30 PM: Review of Mating Disruption and other Methods to Reduce Pesticide Use
Kacie Athey, Assistant Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois

2:45 PM Management Strategies for Mineral Nutrition of Apple Trees
Brad Taylor, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

3:15 PM: Overview of Chestnut Production in Missouri
Pat Byers, University of Missouri Extension

Vegetables

8:30 AM: Tomato Fertility in High Tunnel
Bronwyn Aly, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension

9 AM: What’s New for 2022, with a focus on Sweet Corn and Pumpkins
Derrill Kregel, Sales Representative, Rispen Seed

9:30 AM: Rain Fastness of Fungicides and When to Spray
Dan Egel, Clinical Engagement Assiciate Professor, Purdue University

10:30 AM: No-till Tomato and Pepper Research Trial
Nathan Johanning, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension

11 AM: Tomato Research Report: The Effect of Regenerative Agricultural Practices on Insect Pressure, Soil Health and Yield
Kacie Athey, Assistant Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois

1:30 PM: Major Cucurbit Diseases in 2021 and Their Management in 2022
Mohammad Babadoost, Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois

2:45 PM: Update on Major Tomato Diseases
Mohannad Babadoost, Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois

3:15 PM: Pumpkin Production Back to Basics
Nathan Johanning, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension

Small Fruits

8:30 AM: Review of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Management in Small Fruit
Kacie Athey, Assistant Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois Extension

9 AM: UV Cooler Research Project
Ruplal Choudhary, Professor, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

9:30 AM: Crop Insurance Options for Small Farms
Doug Yoder, Crops Agency Manager, Country Financial

10:30 AM: Fertility Management in Established Blueberry and Blackberry Plantings
Pat Byers, University of Missouri Extension

11:15 AM: Understanding Small Fruit Root Requirements
Elizabeth Wahle. University of Illinois Extension

Cut Flowers

1:30 PM: Season Extension and Year Round Production with Succession Plantings
Karen "Mimo" Davis,  Co-Owner, Urban Buds

2 PM: Marketing – Now that you have grown your cut flowers - Let’s sell them
Karen "Mimo" Davis,  Co-Owner, Urban Buds

2:45 PM: U-Pick Flower Farm that Includes Cut Flowers, Sunflowers and More  
Sally Malone, Owner, Shawnee Stems

3:15 PM: How to Plant Using Raised Beds and Field Grown Techniques in Landscape Fabric. Value added products using dried flowers and Wedding bouquets
Alyssa Short, Owner, Blessed Blooms Flower Farm

3:45 PM: Post-Harvest Care and Handling of Fresh Cut Flowers: How to Extend your Vase Life
Chris Lueking, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension

For more information

Contact: Elizabeth Wahle. 618-344-4230. wahle@illinois.edu.
If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Cost

$50 per  farm and $60 at the door, Registration includes 1 copy of the 2022 Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide or 1 copy of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, Lunch on your own. Print the registration flyer.