The 2009 vegetable growing season turned out to be quite unique. We experienced one of the coolest growing seasons on record along with sporadic rainfall throughout much of central Wisconsin. This extended cool weather brought about many crop production challenges.
The University of Wisconsin-Extension and Central Wisconsin Agriculture Specialization Team is sponsoring two fresh-market vegetable grower workshops focusing on the 2009 production challenges and opportunities for the upcoming growing season.
UW-Extension agriculture agents and UW-Extension specialists will present information on the following topics:
— Disease issues – late blight and cucurbit downy mildew
— Important insect pests and new insecticide use patterns
— Choosing herbicides in diversified fresh market vegetable production
— The value of soil testing
— Irrigation for small-scale market growers
— Fresh market vegetable budgets
— Cultural management of fresh vegetables
Workshops will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person to cover meals and workshop materials. Please pre-register at least one week in advance so we can make lunch arrangements.
— March 24 – Marquette County Service Center, 480 Underwood Ave., Room 106, Montello, WI (on the west edge of Montello off highway 23). For information and registration contact Keith VanderVelde, Marquette County UW-Extension at 608-297-3141.
— March 31 – Portage County Annex Building, room 5 (third floor), 1462 Strongs Ave., Stevens Point, WI. For more information and registration contact Portage County UW-Extension at 715-346-1316.