Area Vegetable Production Clinic Set for February 17 in Marianna

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

veg-prodAn area commercial vegetable production clinic is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17 at the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station in Marianna, Ark.

Although targeted audiences are commercial growers, those selling at farmers markets, local gardeners and Master Gardeners, the meeting is open to anyone interest in gardening, said 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 legumes, cucurbits, brassica (greens, sprouts and cabbage) and sweet potatoes; Farm Service Agency and Lee County Conservation District updates; hoop house use in sweet potato production; and production information on growing cucumbers, watermelons, squash, cantaloupes, sweet potatoes, southern peas and greens.

Presenters are University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension specialists and faculty including Dr. Nilda Burgos, professor of crop science; Dr. Nick Seiter, assistant professor and entomologist; and Shawn Payne, Phillips County Extension staff chairman. UAPB presenters are Dr. English and Shaun Francis, Extension horticulturist. Also on the program is Charlie Williams, USDA StrikeForce coordinator, who will discuss USDA assistance to small business in agriculture.

The meeting will adjourn after a complimentary noon luncheon. The luncheon speaker will be Dr. Tracy Dunbar, UAPB associate professor of agriculture. She will discuss vegetable production budgets.

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 I going through Marianna. Continue three miles south of Marianna. The station is on the east side (left) of Highway 1.

For more information, to be included in the luncheon count or if you have special needs, contact Ernest Bradley, UAPB Cooperative Extension Program multi-county agent-agriculture, at (870) 295-7720.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to 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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