WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Commercial vegetable growers and
market farmers can learn about resources and processes to improve their
businesses at the Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium.
The program of Purdue Extension and University of Illinois
Extension will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST Jan. 7 at Teibel’s Restaurant, 1175
U.S. 41 in Schererville.
Speakers will include Purdue Extension specialist Rick
Foster, Purdue University professors Amanda Deering and Lori Hoagland,
University of Illinois Extension specialist Rick Weinzierl and University of
Illinois professor Mohammad Babadoost.
Participants will learn about neonicotinoid insecticides,
managing insects in cucurbits, emerging diseases of pumpkins and squash,
fertilizer recordkeeping, and using sanitizers in post-harvest water.
There also will be breakout sessions during which
participants can choose a session on either soil health or opportunities with
other crops. One of the crops to be covered is aronia berries, a small fruit
similar to blueberries, that will be discussed by John Pilcher of Coldbook Farm
“Growers can learn what pests and diseases are around and
how they can best be managed,” said Purdue Extension horticulture specialist Liz
Maynard, who will present at the symposium. “They will get new ideas for their
farm and meet suppliers and other vegetable growers.”
Participants can earn Indiana private pesticide applicator
recertification credits, certified crop adviser continuing education units and
the Indiana commercial pesticide applicator continuing certification
Advance registration costs $20, and the deadline is Dec. 20.
Participants can also register at the door for $25, but they will not be
For more information or to register, visit the events page
at ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg/Pages/default.aspx listed on the events calendar,
or contact Maynard at (219) 531-4200, ext. 4206.
Sponsors of the program are Kankakee Farm Bureau and Lake
County Farm Bureau.