Excerpt: Strip-tillage production system with rolled and crimped cereal rye has been shown to promote soil health, resulting in significant increases in soil aggregate stability, potentially mineralizable nitrogen, active soil carbon, and microbial activity when compared to a conventionally tilled production system. To make strip-tillage and no-tillage systems viable options for growers, it is crucial to >>> Read More.
Excerpt: Genetically modified organisms have been one of the most controversial topics in food and agriculture over the last twenty five years. This presentation will discuss how GMOs are made and used, compare these methods to others that are used to develop new varieties, and present the case for why these and other new methods of >>> Read More.
Excerpt: Soil management within high tunnels is critical to reduce soil-borne diseases and ensure long-term productivity of crops grown within them. This talk will discuss results of a high tunnel study that evaluated eight hybrid tomato rootstocks and their effect on marketable yield, fruit quality (soluble solids, titratable acids, and firmness), and plant growth characteristics (SPAD, >>> Read More.
Excerpt: Recent years have presented growers with challenging weather and climate conditions from the dry summer of 2012, the wet fall of 2018 followed by the wet spring of 2019. Are these challenges becoming our new normal, or have these challenges always been the risk Indiana growers have experienced? What is normal variability from one weather >>> Read More.
Excerpt: Hemp clones are in high demand ever since the hemp industry has been legalized in 2018. From past experience, growers have been purchasing poor quality clones, clones that are not rooted well and not hardened off properly, at very high prices. We will present indoor production experiences about the propagation of hemp clones using different >>> Read More.
Excerpt: Production of sweet, colored bell peppers provides an opportunity for vegetable growers to receive a price premium over non-ripened green bell peppers. Growing colored bell peppers in high tunnels enhances fruit quality and accelerates ripening. While there are benefits to high tunnel pepper production, increased heat inside the structures can lead to plant stress, blossom >>> Read More.
Excerpt: Dr. Long will briefly highlight common insect pests of peppers, including flies, aphids, caterpillars, and mites. The majority of this session will focus on the pepper weevil, a small snout beetle that attacks all pepper types. I will provide a brief overview of pepper weevil biology and management in pepper production. >>> Read More.
Excerpt: Sweet colored pepper is a very lucrative crop grown mostly for direct-to-consumer markets. Using high tunnels for the production of vegetables has become very popular. It allows growers to extend their production season, protect their crop against severe environmental conditions, and produce high yielding crops of exceptional quality. Sweet colored peppers can yield well in >>> Read More.