2018 Conference Program - Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

2018 Conference Program

Upper Midwest Regional Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference

January 18 & 19, 2018

Sponsored by:

Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association

In cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension and  Minnesota Department of Agriculture

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Thursday morning, January 18, 2017

 

                                    OPENING SESSION

8:00 – 8:45      Continental Breakfast in Trade Show Hall

8:45 – 9:00      Welcome & Announcements

9:00 – 9:30      Driftwatch: Protecting Specialty Crops & Pollinators –

Larry Van Lieshout, MDA

9:30 – 10:00    FSMA Overview – Lillian Otieno, MDA.  Annalisa Hultberg, UM Extension, and

                        Don Stoeckel, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University

10:00 – 10:30  Introduction of New U of M employees

10:30 – 11:00  Break to the Trade Show

11:00 – 12:00  Impacts of Climate Change on Minnesota’s Specialty Crops -

 Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist, Minnesota State Climate Office   

12:00-1:15       Lunch served in the Trade Show Hall           

 

Thursday afternoon, January 18, 2018

 

SESSION I:               BERRY PRODUCTION

1:15 – 2:15      Year in Review – Audience Participation - Kevin Edberg

2:15 – 2:45      SWD, Japanese Beetle Update and Projects – Dr. Bill Hutchison

2:45 – 3:15      Observations and Solutions from the Field (Facilitated Discussion of Grower   Experiences) - Kevin Edberg, Dr.Thaddeus McCamant, Nate Nourse

3:15 – 3:30      Break to the Trade Show    

3:30 – 4:15      Flower Thrips and Bronzing in Strawberries -

 Dr.Thaddeus McCamant

4:15 – 4:45      Strawberry Variety Trials Update – Dr. Jim Luby

 

 

SESSION II:              HIGH TUNNEL PRODUCTION Session I                    

1:15 – 2:00      Modern Technologies for Double Cropping and Trellising Raspberries in High                               

                        Tunnels – Nate Nourse 

2:00 – 2:45      Breaking Bad Habits: Integrating Crop Diversity into High Tunnel Production -

Dr. Cary Rivard   

2:45 – 3:15      Break to the Trade Show

3:15 – 3:45     Identifying and Managing High Soil Salts in High Tunnels – Dr.Carl Rosen

3:45 - 4:15      Superior Rhubarb Production in the Field and High Tunnels. - Nate Nourse           

4:15 – 4:45     High Tunnel Systems at the Kansas State University Olathe Horticulture Center  -                                                                                                                             

                       Dr. Cary Rivard

 

SESSION III:             VINE CROPS                                  

1:15 – 1:45      Pumpkin Varieties – Terry Nennich

1:45 – 2:15      Vine Crop Diseases – Dr. Angela Orshinsky, Michelle Grabowski

2:15 – 2:45      Melon Varieties for Minnesota – Brad Paulson

2:45 – 3:15      Break to the Trade Show

3:15 – 4:00      Kansas Style Watermelon & Cantaloupe Production – Dan Kuhn

4:00 – 4:30      Growing Cucumbers from a Farmer’s Perspective – Gary and Jack Pahl

 

 

SESSION IV:        CUT FLOWER PRODUCTION – SUNFLOWERS, GLADS & Lilies  

1:15-2:45        Gladiolus and Lilies: Varieties, Culture, Harvesting and Marketing -

                        Dave Dowling                                                                                          

2:45 – 3:15     Break to the Trade Show

3:15 – 3:45      Sunflower Varieties for Cut Flowers - Shane Johnson

3:45 – 4:15      Sunflower Pest Control – Dr. Samuel Markel and Dr. Janet Knodel

             

 

Thursday evening, January 18, 2018

4:15 – 5:30     Social Hour (Appetizers and Cash Bar) in the Trade Show Area

5:30 – 6:00      MFVGA Business Meeting

6:00                 Buffet Supper in Trade Show Area (Tickets Required)

 

                                                            

 

 

Friday morning, January 19, 2018

 

                                    GENERAL SESSION

7:30 – 8:00      Continental Breakfast in Trade Show Hall

8:00 – 9:00      Consumer Survey Results, CSA Farms, Farmer’s Markets and More - Tina Cassler, Paul Hugunin

9:00 – 9:30      Grower Profile: Modern Small Fruit Production and Harvesting in the Twenty-first Century – Nate Nourse

9:30 – 10:00    Break to the Trade Show

 

SESSION I:              BERRY SESSION

10:00 – 11:00  Blackberry Production in Very Cold Climates - Nate Nourse

11:00 – 11:30  Spur Blight and Raspberry Leaf Spot -Thaddeus McCamant

11:30 – 12:00  Raspberry Production: A Modern Model from Abroad - Paul Nelson

12:00 – 1:15    Lunch served in the Trade Show Hall            . Trade show ends at 1:15pm.

 

SESSION II:              GROWING HEALTHY TRANSPLANTS FROM SEED

10:00 – 10:30  Plans for Small Germination Chamber - Molly Schaus

10:30 – 11:00  Starting with Healthy Seed: Resistant Varieties, Seed Treatment and More -  Michelle Grabowski

11:00 – 11:30  Relationships between Light, Moisture and Heat - Dr. John Erwin

11:30 – 12:00  Strategies to Keep Plants Healthy - Michelle Grabowski    

12:00 – 1:15    Lunch served in the Trade Show Hall            . Trade show ends at 1:15pm.

 

SESSION III:            GROWING NON-GMO SWEET CORN             

10:00 – 10:30  Varieties – Jason Williamson

10:30 – 11:00  Weed Control – Dr. Roger Becker

11:00 – 11:45  Insect Control (Corn Borer & Earworm) – Dr. Bill Hutchison

11:45 – 12:15  Rust Control – Andy Oding

12:15 – 1:15    Lunch served in the Trade Show Hall            . Trade show ends at 1:15pm.

SESSION IV:            HIGH TUNNEL PRODUCTION Session II

10:00 – 10:30  High Tunnel Foliar Leaf Diseases – Michelle Grabowski

10:30 – 11:00  Identification and Management of Viral Diseases in High Tunnel Crops - 

 Dr. Sara Bratsch

11:00 – 11:30  Soil-borne Pathogens – Dr. Angela Orshinsky/Michelle Grabowski  

11:30 – 12:15 Biocontrol: Making them Preform - Carter Kent

12:15 – 1:15    Lunch served in the Trade Show Hall            . Trade show ends at 1:15pm.

 

 

 

Friday afternoon, January 19, 2018

 

SESSION I:               SPECIALTY CROPS & PROTECTING POLLINATORS

1:15 – 2:00      Edible Fall Decorations – Jason Williamson

2:00 – 2:30      Basics of Honeyberry Production - Jim and Bernis Ingvaldson

2:30 – 2:45      Break

2:45 – 3:45      Protecting Pollinators: Responsible Use and Timing of Sprays & Bee Friendly

                        Products – Dr. Karl Foord

3:45 – 4:45      Cover Crops: Mixes for Soil Building and Nematode Suppression- Dr. Scott Wells

 

SESSION II:              TREE FRUIT

1:15 – 2:00      Year in Review – Grower Participation

2:00 – 2:45      High Density Apples: What Works in Minnesota? – John Jacobson and

JP Jacobson  

2:45 – 3:00      Break

3:00 – 3:45      High Density Planting & Pruning – John Jacobson and JP Jacobson

3:45 – 4:30      Hard Cider Industry Update/Roundtable

                       

 

SESSION III:             MARKETING                     

1:15 – 2:00      Social Media: Managing Your Farm’s Digital Footprint- Danielle Daugaard, Paul Hugunin

2:00 – 2:30      Facebook vs Website – One or Both? - Danielle Daugaard, Paul Hugunin

2:30 – 3:30      Good Acre and Opportunities to Aggregate Product- Staff of the Good Acre

3:30 – 3:45      Break

3:45 – 4:30      GAPs, Food Safety Moderation Act and Food Safety: What You Need to Know -  Annalisa Hultberg, Lillian Otieno, Don Stoeckel

 

SESSION IV:             MAPLE SYRUP FOR SMALL COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION       

1:15 – 1:45      Grower Profile – Stu Peterson

1:45 – 2:45      Introduction and History of Maple Syrup Production – Stu Peterson

2:45 – 3:00      Break

3:00 – 4:15      Sweet Ideas for Small Commercial Maple Syrup Production: Sizing Equipment

                        to Your Needs, Economics and Cost Recovery, Tree Health – Jim Adamski

4:15 – 4:45      Selling Maple Syrup at Farmers’ Markets and Direct to the Consumer Under the      Cottage Foods Law – Kathy Zeman


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