Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference

 

University of Illinois Extension presents the 26th Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference on February 14, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois. This conference attracts commercial vegetable and fruit growers from farms in Illinois and Wisconsin, all of whom sell to small and/or wholesale markets, in order to provide them with updated production-related information from Extension specialists at the University of Illinois.

KEYNOTE

From Too Much Water to Too Little: Summary of Recent Weather Extremes and Changing Patterns, Trent Ford
Following an unprecedented 5-year period of very wet conditions, northern Illinois experienced its most severe drought in nearly a decade in 2021. Historical trends show northern Illinois is getting wetter and models project much of the same throughout the rest of the century. However, drought is a natural part of our climate and will continue to happen into the future. What does all this mean for fruit and vegetable production in the region? Trent will discuss the 2021 drought in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin and place it and recent extreme rain events in the context of our changing climate. He'll also give an outlook and expectations for the 2022 growing season. 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Updates on Management of Apple Diseases, Mohammad Babadoost
  • Wood boring pests and mating disruption in fruit trees, Kacie Athey
  • Observations of Tomato and Cucurbit Disease in 2021 and Suggested Managements in 2022, Mohammad Babadoost
  • Working toward more sustainable vegetable production using regenerative agriculture techniques, Kacie Athey

SCHEDULE

8:30 AM  | Registration - Coffee & Tea
9:00 AM  | Welcome & Sponsor Recognition
9:15 AM  | Keynote - From Too Much Water to Too Little: Summary of Recent Weather Extremes and Changing Patterns, Trent Ford
10:15 AM | Break
10:30 AM | Breakout Sessions

  • A. Updates on Management of Apple Diseases, Mohammad Babadoost
  • B. Working toward more sustainable vegetable production using regenerative agriculture techniques, Kacie Athey

11:45 AM | Lunch & Networking
1:00 PM  | Breakout Sessions

  • A. Observations of Tomato and Cucurbit Disease in 2021 and Suggested Managements in 2022, Mohammad Babadoost
  • B. Wood boring pests and mating disruption in fruit trees, Kacie Athey

 

REGISTRATION
The fee is $35 per person, and $25 for additional employees of the same farm/business/organization. This fee includes one general session (keynote), your choice of breakout sessions, and lunch. 

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