VERMONT VEGETABLE AND BERRY NEWS November 15, 2004
Compiled by Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension
(802) 257-7967 ext. 13 or vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu
www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry

2004 NEW ENGLAND FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW
Center of New Hampshire, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, New Hampshire

Registration will occur at the door each day of the meeting. There is no pre-registration. The cost is $20.00 per person, per day, for admittance to either the program or the trade show. Rooms at the Radisson are $87 per night for single or double occupancy. Make your reservations by November 23 and mention the conference to receive this room rate. Call 603-625-1000.

DECEMBER 15: Trade Show opens at 11:00 AM and closes at 9:00 PM.

TREE FRUIT  I
9:00  Maxcel and an Integrated Chemical Thinning Program,  Duane W. Greene, Univ. of Massachusetts
9:25  Effects of 1-MCP and Retain on McIntosh and Cortland Apples,  Renae Moran, University of Maine
9:50  Review of the 2004 Smart Fresh Program,  William James, AgroFresh Inc.
10:10  Strategies and Use of 1-MCP at Mann Orchard,  William Fitzgerald, Mann Orchard
10:25  Show and Tell
10:35  Sweet Cherries in New England: Rootstocks and Planting Systems,  Jon Clements, University of Massachusetts
11:05  Orchard Monitoring and Sampling of Apple Maggot and Plum Curculio,  Arthur Agnello, Cornell University
11:35  Panel Discussion: Importance of Integrated Pest Management

FLOWERS
9:30  Harvesting, Handling, and Preserving Cut Flowers,  Beth Johnson, Johnnyís Selected Seeds
10:00  Boston Flower Exchange,  Gary Matteson, Epsom, NH
10:30  Growing and Marketing Cut Flowers on Our Farm,  Noreen OíConnell, Milford, NH
11:00  Weed Management for Cut Flowers,  Richard Bonanno, University of Massachusetts
11:30  Insect Management in the Greenhouse,  Tina Smith, University of Massachusetts

TREE FRUIT II
2:00  Last Chance Thinning of Apples with Ethrel, Wesley Autio, University of Massachusetts
2:20  Apple Rootstocks that Minimize Winter Damage and Maximize Productivity,  M. Elena Garcia, University of Vermont
2:50  Show and Tell
3:00  Health Benefits from Eating Apples,  Thomas Shea, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
4:00  Using the Benefits of Eating Apples to Promote and Sell Apples,  U.S. Apple Association

VEGETABLES
2:00  Building a Good Pesticide Storage and Mixing Facility that is Affordable, George Hamilton, University of New Hampshire
2:30  Managing Sucking Insects Including Aphids, Leafhoppers, and Plant Bugs,  Jude Boucher, University of Connecticut
3:00  Update on Wildlife Management,  A biologist from USDA Wildlife Services
3:30  Managing Minor, but Troubling Insects: Spring Tails, Slugs, and Cut Worms,  Jude Boucher, University of Connecticut
4:00  Fertigation with Drip Irrigation and Measuring Soil Moisture,  John Howell, University of Massachusetts

DECEMBER 16: Trade show opens at 8 AM and closes at 2 PM

TREE FRUIT III
9:00  Panel Discussion: Website Marketing of Your Farm on the Internet
10:00 Non-target Impacts of Surround,  Lorraine Berkett, University of Vermont
10:20  Show and Tell
10:30  Critical Management Discussion for Optimizing Fire Blight Control,  David Rosenberger, Cornell University
11:10  Weed Management in Young Tree Fruit Plantings,  Rich Bonanno, University of Massachusetts
11:40  Supply Adequate Calcium to Apples Without Post-harvest Calcium Dips,  Sarah Weis, University of Massachusetts

BERRIES
9:30  Strawberry Sap Beetle Biology and Management,  Rebecca Loughner, Cornell University
10:00  Using Dormant Strawberry Plants on Plastic Mulch,  Nate Nourse, Nourse Farm
10:30  Weed Management in Strawberries,  Richard Bonanno, University of Massachusetts
11:00  Insect Management in Strawberries,  Alan Eaton, University of New Hampshire
11:30  Spore Wars,  Leonard Gianessi, Crop Life Foundation

TREE FRUIT IV
1:15  Newer Tree Fruit Insect Problems in New England,  Alan Eaton, University of New Hampshire
1:45  Fruit Decay Problems in Honeycrisp and Other Emerging Diseases,  David Rosenberger, Cornell University
2:15  Using Orchard Radar Apple Pest Tracking and Forecasts to Enhance IPM,  Glen Koehler, University of Maine
2:45  Insight into the Biology and Management of Flyspeck and Sooty Blotch,  Daniel Cooley, University of Massachusetts

BERRIES II
1:30  Mummy Berry Control in Blueberries with and without Indar Fungicide,  Sonia Schloemann, University of Massachusetts
2:00  Insect Management in Raspberries,  David Handley, University of Maine
2:30  Strawberry Diseases,  Sonia Schloemann, University of Massachusetts
3:00  Strawberry Varieties Including Results of Trial in Maine,  David Handley, University of Maine

IMPROVING ORGANIC PRODUCTION USING RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
DECEMBER 8, 2004. Universal Unitarian Church, 274 Pleasant St., Concord, NH
Sponsored by: NH Dept of Ag., NOFA-NH, UNH Extension, USDA Risk Management.

Registration and lunch are included in the $15 attendance fee. Space is limited to 100 participants so register soon. Make check to NOFA-NH, and mail along with your name, and phone number to: Vickie Smith, NH Dept. Agriculture, PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302-2042. For more info call (603) 271-3685, or e-mail: vsmith@agr.state.nh.us.

MEETING AGENDA
8:30 Registration
9:00  Welcome and Opening Remarks ,  Vickie Smith, Organic Certification Coordinator, NH Dept. of Agriculture
9:10 Outline of Risk Factors, and Crop Insurance Products ,  Mike Sciabarrasi, Agricultural Economist, UNH Extension, Durham, NH
9:45 Crop Value Assessment,  James Gallons, USDA Risk Management Agency, Albany, NY
10:20 Break
10:30 Organic Pest Control Strategies for Reducing Crop Damage,  Ruth Hazzard, IPM Vegetable Specialist, UMass Extension
11:30 Farmers Markets Slideshow - Getting Consumers to Buy,  Nada Haddad, UNH Cooperative Extension Educator,  Rockingham County
12:00  Catered Lunch,  Featuring natural and organic meat and vegetarian fare.
12:45 Soil Stewardship on Organic Farms, Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension Vegetable and Berry Specialist
1:45 Break
2:00 The Viability of Small Farm Diversification, Juli Brussells, Organic Grain Producer, and New Ag Resource Leader, UNH Extension
3:00 Good Recordkeeping-itís not just for accountants!  Vickie Smith, NH Dept. Agriculture

HOLD THE DATES:
January 5, 6, or 7. Tri-State Greenhouse IPM workshops in Manchester ME, Durham NH or  Burlington VT, respectively. Call (802) 656-5440.
January 26.  Farm Show Meeting, Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Assn., Barre.
February 12.  NOFA-VT Winter Conference. Randolph Center
February 15.  Annual Meeting, Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Assn., Rutand.

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