Saturday, August 8, 2009

Chrysanthemum white rust webinar

The Society of American Florists is hosting a free 30 minute webinar on chrysanthemum white rust. Learn to identify the signs and symptoms of white rust and how to protect your mum crop.
The webinar is offered on August 11th, 13th, and 18th at 10am and 2pm (EST). For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Online Plant Propagation Course

Cornell University is offering an online plant propagation course this fall (it runs Sept 21-Nov 14). Along with online instruction, they will send you a complete kit for practicing propagation at home-including seeds and live cuttings! The cost is $350 and all the details can be found here.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CSU Speciality Crops Field Day Aug 17th


CSU – Specialty Crops program

Rocky Mountain Small Organic Farm Project

Field Day

August 17, 2009

1:00 – 4:00 pm

      Topics: Small scale organic vegetable production systems for Colorado producers.

      High tunnels:

      • Tomato, pepper, cucumber cultivar trials.
      • Winter greens production.
      • Hay bale culture of strawberries.
      • Challenges of growing blueberries in Colorado.

      Field production:

      • Cultivar demonstrations and evaluations. This year many of the cultivars being evaluated are from Colorado seed producers. Including melons, tomatoes, peppers, and a wide variety of cole crops and root crops.
      • Hops cultivar evaluations.
      • Comparisons of flame, solarization, and conventional tillage for control of field bind weed and Canada thistle.
      • Comparison of paper, bio-degradable plastic, and plastic mulch.
      • Drip tape – to re-use or replace?
      • Preliminary results of rolling rye/hairy vetch cover crop for no till production.
      • Annual forage crops in rotation with vegetables.
      • The CSU CSA

Speakers: Dr. Frank Stonaker, program director.

    Dr. Amanda Broz, perennial weed management trials.

    Ali Hamm, Organic hops research update

      Dan Goldhamer, Annual forage crops in rotation with vegetables update

      Horton Nash, Jeff Arnold, Julie Zavage, Sarah Figgins, Steve Cochenour (student interns)

Location: Horticulture Field Research Center, Ft. Collins

      Directions: Exit to east at the I-25 at the Mountain Vista exit (#271), proceed east across frontage road and enter the 2nd driveway on the north side.

      The address is 4300 E. County Rd. 51, Ft. Collins.

      Sponsors: Colorado Department of Agriculture, Aurora Organic Dairy, , Sunshine Paper Co.

      Registration: On site registration will be held immediately before the program. This is a free event.

      Please indicate if you plan to attend the event by e-mail or telephone by August 10.

      Telephone response to 970-491-7068.