Area commercial vegetable production clinic set for March 6 in Marianna

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

stockvault-isolated-vegetables-142515PINE BLUFF, Ark. – An area vegetable production clinic aimed at commercial vegetable growers is scheduled for 8 a.m., Friday, March 6, at the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station in Marianna, Ark.

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.

Topics include disease, weed and insect control in vegetables; U.S Department of Agriculture agencies’ updates and production information on growing cucumbers, watermelons, squash, cantaloupes, bell peppers, eggplant, sweet potatoes, southern peas and greens.

Presenters are University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension specialists and faculty including Dr. Nida Burgos, professor of crop science; Dr. Glenn Studebaker, Extension entomologist; and Dr. Terry Spurlock, Extension plant pathologist. UAPB presenters are Dr. Sixte Ntamatungiro, assistant professor of agriculture and Dr. English. Also on the program is Charlie Williams, USDA StrikeForce coordinator.

The meeting will adjourn after a noon lunch. The cotton research station is located on Highway 1 South. To get there, from I-40, take Exit 239 and head south on the bypass to Highway 1. Stay on Highway 1 going through Marianna. Continue three miles south of Marianna. The station is on the east side (left) of Highway 1.

For more information or if you have special needs, contact Ernest Bradley, UAPB multi-county agent-agriculture, at (870) 295-7720.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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