Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A vegetable production meeting aimed at commercial vegetable growers is scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday, March 13, at the Cooperative Extension Service Jefferson County office, 500 South Idaho Street, in Pine Bluff.
Although the targeted audiences are commercial growers, those selling at farmers markets, local gardeners and Master Gardeners, the meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening, says Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).
Topics include disease, weed and insect control in vegetables; U.S. Department of Agriculture loans for vegetable growers; the UAPB Sweet Potato Foundation Program; and selling southern peas to Walmart. Growing okra, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, squash (yellow and zucchini), greens (turnips, mustards, and collards) will be discussed as well as growing watermelons using plastic mulch and drip irrigation.
“Growers are encouraged to ask questions as time has been allotted for answers and solutions to specific problems growers may be experiencing, such as weed, insect and disease control in vegetables; varietal selection or increasing yields,” says Dr. English.
Presenters are University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension specialists and faculty including Dr. Craig Anderson, Dr. Glenn Studebaker, Sherrie Smith and Dr. Nilda Burgos. UAPB presenters are Drs. Leonard Githinji and Henry English. Also on the program is Vanessa Moore from the Farm Service Agency.
The meeting will adjourn at 1 p.m.