Have a field day at vegetable crop tour

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FREMONT, Ohio – Stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air while you glean the latest research on vegetable crops at the Walking the Fields Vegetable Crops Tour and the Vegetable Crops Field Day, Aug. 4 at the North Central Agricultural Research Station in Fremont.

Sponsored by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension, both events include dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Certified Crop Adviser and pesticide re-certification credits are offered for a nominal fee.

Tour. The tour runs from 1-3 p.m., beginning at the station and continuing with a visit to area fields.

The tour will showcase various vegetable crops in the Fremont area, according to station manager Matt Hofelich.

This year’s tour will focus on fresh market and processing peppers, pumpkins, fresh-market cabbage, processing and machine-harvested pickling cucumbers, and newly planted strawberries.

Ohio State University experts participating in the tour include Mark Koenig, OSU Extension; Celeste Welty, Department of Entomology; Mark Bennett, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science; Melanie Ivey, Department of Plant Pathology; Elaine Grassbaugh, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science; and Ed Lentz, OSU Extension.

Immediately following the tour, the station will hold its Vegetable Crops Field Day from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Featured presentations. New varieties, variety trials and pesticide studies will be featured. Among the presentations:

* “Tomato breeding research” by OARDC scientist David Francis and graduate student Alba McIntyre, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.

* “Optimizing spray application technology for vegetable crops” by Welty and Ivey.

* “Sweet corn trials” by Koenig.

* “New crops and new cultivars” by Bennett and Grassbaugh.

* “Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) minor-use crop label studies” by Michele Giovannini, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.

* “Insect controls for European corn borer in bell peppers” by Welty.

* “Tomato and pepper fungicide control” by Ivey.

* “Seed-specific injection with Admire insecticide for control of cucumber beetle in cucurbits” by Jim Jasinski, OSU Extension’s Integrated Pest Management program.

Both the Vegetable Crops Field Day and Walking the Fields Tour provide those attending an excellent opportunity to dialog with OSU faculty and staff, Hofelich added.

Those attending are able to view and discuss specific vegetable crops, as well as cultural practices and disease, insect and weed problems with OSU faculty.

Learn more. For more information contact Hofelich at 419-332-5142, hofelich.4@osu.edu; or Koenig at 419-334-6340, koenig.55@osu.edu.

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