Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Morning Sessions

Strawberry I

LOCATION: ARMORY
Moderator: DAVID HANDLEY

9:30 Getting Started in Strawberries - Matted Row
David Handley, University of Maine

10:00 Strawberry Variety Update - June-Bearing
Kathy Demchak, Penn State University

10:30 Understanding & Preventing Winter Injury
David Handley, University of Maine

11:00 Improving Pesticide Spray Effectiveness
Laura McDermott, Cornell University

11:30 Strawberry Weed Management Update
David Handley, University of Maine

 
Tree Fruit I

LOCATION: PEMIGEWASSET BALLROOM
Moderator: DUANE GREENE

9:30 Nitrogen Management in Apple Orchards
Lailang Cheng, Cornell University

10:00 Developing a Multi-lifestage Management Strategy for Plum Curculio
Tracy Leskey, USDA Appalachian Fruit Exp. Station, WV

10:30 Managing Fire Blight Under Humid Climate Conditions in Eastern US
Quan Zeng, Connecticut Ag Experiment Station

11:00 Early Training of High Density Apple Trees: what works and what doesn’t
Andre Tougas - Tougas Family Farm, MA
Tyler Hardy - Brookdale Orchards, NH
Peter Rogers - Rogers Orchard, CT

 
Winter Growing

LOCATION: 3 RIVERS BALLROOM
Moderator: SANDY ARNOLD

9:30 Profitable Winter Production of Sprouts & Microgreens in Michigan
Brian Bates, Bear Creek Organic Farm, MI

10:00 Amazing Winter Tunnel Weed Control
Andre Cantelmo, Heron Pond Farm, NH

10:30 Managing Spinach Downy Mildew & Other Diseases in Winter Greens
Meg McGrath, Cornell University

11:00 A Farmer’s Winter Production Story in VT
Paul Horton, Foggy Meadow Farm, VT

11:30 Baby Lettuce and Other Winter Greens Trials at Intervale Community Farm
Andy Jones, Intervale Community Farm, VT

 
Cucurbits & Melons

LOCATION: CURRIERS
Moderator: SUSAN SCHEUFELE

9:30 Grafting Melons to Extend the Growing Season, Reduce Sudden Wilt and Increase Yield
Janel Martin, University of New Hampshire

10:00 Developing Innovative Cucurbit Varieties for Expanding Local Markets
Brent Loy, University of New Hampshire

10:30 Growing Melons at Crossroad Farm and Choosing Great Varieties
Tim Taylor, Crossroad Farm, Fairlee VT

11:00 Growing Fall Cucumbers; Efficacy & Economics of Downy Mildew Resistant Varieties
Susan Scheufele, University of Massachusetts

11:30 Update on Fungicides for Managing Disease in Pumpkins
Meg McGrath, Cornell University

 

Root Crops

LOCATION: FROST HAWTHORNE (UPSTAIRS)
Moderator: CHUCK BORNT

9:30 Results from our Carrot & Beet Variety Trials
Crystal Stewart, Cornell University

10:00 Weed Control in our Root Crops at Tangerini Spring St. Farm
Laura Tangerini, Tangerini Spring St. Farm, Millis MA

10:30 Growing & Marketing Celeriac & Rutabaga at Goranson Farm
Rob Johanson, Goranson Farm, Dresden ME

11:00 How We Do Root Crops at Juniper Hill Farm
Adam Hainer, Juniper Hill Farm, Wadhams NY

11:30 Root Crop Diseases: from top to bottom
Rob Wick, University of Massachusetts

 
Wildlife Mangement

LOCATION: WEBSTER (NEAR TRADE SHOW)
Moderator: KIM STONER

9:30 Managing Voles in Vegetable Crops & High Tunnels
Alan Eaton, University of New Hampshire

10:00 Use of Repellants for Averting Deer & Rabbit Damage
Scott Williams, CT Agricultural Experiment Station

10:30 Managing Canada Goose, Starling, & Blackbird Damage at Farms in New England
Timothy Cozine, USDA APHIS

11:00 Using a Sonic Net to Deter Wildlife: a potential longterm solution for reducing crop loss
John Swaddle, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA

11:30 Laser Scarecrows: Gimmick or Solution?
Rebecca Brown, University of Rhode Island

 

Afternoon Sessions

Strawberry II

LOCATION: ARMORY
Moderator: DAVID HANDLEY

2:00 Getting Started in Strawberries - Plasticulture
David Handley, University of Maine

2:30 Strawberry Variety Update - Day Neutrals
Kathy Demchak, Penn State University

3:00 Low Tunnel Strawberry Production
Marvin Pritts, Cornell University

3:30 Fungicide Resistance: How to Manage Gray Mold Issues
Laura McDermott, Cornell Cooperative Extension

4:00 Irrigation & Fertigation Update
Trevor Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis NH

 
Tree Fruit II

LOCATION: PEMIGEWASSET BALLROOM
Moderator: DUANE GREENE

2:00 Evercrisp/MAIA - Managed Apple Varieties for Everyone
Bill Dodd, Fruit Growers’ Marketing Assoc., Amherst OH

2:30 Bitter Pit Control in Honeycrisp, Physiology & Mitigation Strategies
Lailang Cheng, Cornell University

3:00 Storing Honeycrisp, Pomology’s Problem Child
Randy Beaudry, Michigan State University

3:30 Apple Crop Load Management
Jim Schupp, Penn State University

4:00 Killing Them Softly: Do Soft Fungicides Work?
Patricia McManus, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 
Cover Crops

LOCATION: 3 RIVERS BALLROOM
Moderator: VERN GRUBINGER

2:00 Making the Most of a Buckwheat Cover Crop
Thomas Björkman, Cornell University

2:30 Growing Sun Hemp as a Cover Crop
Jody Bolluyt, Roxbury Farm, Kinderhook NY

3:00 Multi-Species Cover Crops
Justin Rich, Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington VT

3:30 How to Buy High Quality Cover Crop Seed
Keith Berns, Green Cover Seeds, Bladen NE

4:00 Using Mustard as a Biofumigant Cover Crop
Bob Gray, Four Corners Farm, S. Newbury VT

 
Specialty Vegetable Crops

LOCATION: CURRIERS
Moderator: BECKY SIDEMAN

2:00 An Integrated Approach to Grow & Market Crops for Ethnic Markets
Frank Mangan, University of Massachusetts

2:30 Feeding Diversity: Lessons Learned from Okra Production in Ontario
Viliam Zvalo, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, Ontario

3:00 Saffron: A Good Fit for New England?
Margaret Skinner, University of Vermont

3:30 Culinary Breeding: a New Way to Look at Specialty Crops?
Lane Selman, Oregon State University
Lindsay Wyatt, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Winslow ME

Bonus Presentation - Speciality Crops and Season Extension at UNH

 
 Sweet Corn

LOCATION: FROST HAWTHORNE (UPSTAIRS)
Moderator: CHUCK BORNT

2:00 Current Management Strategies for Sweet Corn Worm Pests
Galen Dively, University of Maryland

2:30 Sonic Net: a New Tool for Reducing Bird Damage in Sweet Corn
John Swaddle, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA

3:00 Selecting the Right Varieties on Our Farm
Tim Stanton, Stanton’s Feura Farm, Feura Bush NY
Paul Gove, Gove Farm, Leominster MA
Jim Ward, Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon MA