Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Morning Sessions

Soil Health

LOCATION: ARMORY
Moderator: MARK HUTTON

9:30 Cover Crop Mixes
Keith Berns, Green Cover Seeds, Bladen NE

10:00 Weed Management in Mixed & Segregated Cover Crop Residues
Dan Brainard, University of Michigan

10:30 Optimizing Compost & Fertilizer Rates in Organic Residue-Till
Nicholas Rowley, University of Maine

11:00 Comparison of Reduced Tillage Strategies for Small-Scale Organic Vegetable Systems
Anu Rangarajan, Cornell University

11:30 Tarping Soils to Minimize Tillage & Reduce Weeds
Ryan Matthew Mahar, Cornell University

 
Stone Fruit

LOCATION: PEMIGEWASSET BALLROOM
Moderator: JON CLEMENTS

9:30 Plum Variety Evaluation in Maine - Growing & Tasting
Renae Moran, University of Maine

10:00 Peach Systems - Trials, Tribulations & My Opinion!
Jim Schupp, Penn State University

10:30 What’s Bugging My Peaches?
Dean Polk, Rutgers University

11:00 Recommended Peach Varieties for New England
Tom Callahan, Adams County Nursery

11:30 15 Years of Peach Variety Evaluation at the UMass Orchard
Jon Clements, University of Massachusetts

 
Brassicas & Leafy Greens

LOCATION: 3 RIVERS BALLROOM
Moderator: KATIE CAMPBELL-NELSON

9:30 Innovations in Greens Washing - With an Eye to Food Safety
Rob Rock, Upstream Ag/Pitchfork Farm, Burlington VT

10:00 Greens Equipment from Seeding to Harvest at Jericho Settlers Farm
Mark Fasching & Christa Alexander, Jericho Settlers Farm, Jericho VT

10:30 Managing Insecticide Resistance: a Diamondback Moth Case Study
Christy Hoepting, Cornell University

11:00 Why Are My Greens Brown? 2017 Disease Update
Ann Hazelrigg, University of Vermont

11:30 Growing Unique Brassicas for Fresh Market Sales
Jan van der Heide, Bejo Seeds, Geneva NY

 
Mechanical Weed Control

LOCATION: CURRIERS
Moderator: VERN GRUBINGER

9:30 Evolving Cultivation Strategies at Roxbury Farm
Jody Bolluyt, Roxbury Farm, Kinderhook NY

10:00 Stacking Tools for Improved Weed Control
Eric Gallandt, University of Maine

10:30 How I Learned to Use a Kress Cultivator
Andre Cantelmo, Heron Pond Farm, S. Hampton NH

11:00 Optimizing the Use of Tine Weeders
Bob LeFrancios, Kovar Organic Equipment, Franklin PA

11:30 Weed Mats, Living Mulches & Cultivation
David Marchant, River Berry Farm, Fairfax VT

 
Wine Grapes

LOCATION: FROST HAWTHORNE (UPSTAIRS)
Moderator: SONIA SCHLOEMANN

9:30 Strategies for Canopy Management for Optimal Juice Quality
Elsa Petit, University of Massachusetts

10:00 Cold Climate Wine Grape Varieties for New England
Andy Farmer, Northeastern Vine Supply, West Pawlet VT

10:30 Integrated Disease Management Based on Cultivar Susceptibility & Fungicide Sensitivity
Patricia McManus, University of Wisconsin-Madison

11:00 Grape Weed Management Update
Hilary Sandler, University of Massachusetts

11:30 Our Experience with Wine Grapes at Jones Family Farm
Jamie Jones, Jones Family Farm, Shelton CT

 
Eggplant & Peppers

LOCATION: WEBSTER (NEAR TRADE SHOW)
Moderator: ANDY RADIN

9:30 Four Years of Pepper Trials at Highmoor Farm
Mark Hutton, University of Maine

10:00 Diseases of Peppers & Eggplant
Cheryl Smith, University of New Hampshire

10:30 Chili Pepper Production for Our Sriracha Products
Tim Wilcox, Kitchen Garden, Sunderland MA

11:00 Pepper Maggot is Now a Pest to be Managed
Jude Boucher, University of Connecticut

11:30 Boosting Production of Asian Eggplant Varieties
Viliam Zvalo, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, Ontario

 

Afternoon Sessions

Brambles

LOCATION: ARMORY
Moderator: MARY CONCKLIN

2:00 Cultural Management Techniques for Avoiding Light & Heat-Induced Fruit Damage
Fumiomi Takeda, USDA Appalachian Fruit Exp. Station, WV

2:30 Choosing the Best Raspberry Cultivars for High Tunnel Production
Eric Hanson, Michigan State University

3:00 My Experience Growing Berries in Tunnels
Adam Hausman, Adam’s Berry Farm, Charlotte VT

3:30 Current Research on Trap-and-Kill SWD Management
Tracy Leskey, USDA Appalachian Fruit Exp. Station, WV

4:00 Alternative Methods of Primocane Management for Primocane-Fruiting Blackberries and Raspberries
Fumiomi Takeda, USDA Appalachian Fruit Exp. Station, WV

 
Organic Production

LOCATION: PEMIGEWASSET BALLROOM
Moderator: ERIC SIDEMAN

2:00 Tarps and Cocktails: Can We Enhance Effectiveness & Flexibility in Cover Cropping?
Richard Smith, University of New Hampshire

2:30 Here Today & Gone Tomorrow: Understanding the Dynamic Nature of Nitrogen
Heather Darby, University of Vermont

3:00 Organic Protected Vegetables Grown on Raised Demarcated Beds - Fertility Management
Martine Dorais, Laval University, Quebec Canada

3:30 How to Market Organic Vegetables Now That it is Competitive
Kate Donald, Stout Oak Farm, Brentwood NH

4:00 To Grow or Not to Grow
Steve Fulton, Blue Ox Farm, Enfield NH

 
Post Harvest Tools And Tips

LOCATION: 3 RIVERS BALLROOM
Moderator: VERN GRUBINGER

2:00 Post Harvest Cooling & Curing
Chris Callahan, University of Vermont

2:30 Lessons Learned Rebuilding our Wash, Pack & Storage
Paul Arnold, Pleasant Valley Farm, Argyle NY

3:00 Cleaning Brushes & Other Nasty Wash Line Parts
Amanda Kinchla, University of Massachusetts

3:30 Designing for Efficiency in Wash & Pack Sheds
Jean-Paul Cortens, Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Hurley NY

4:00 Managing E. coli in Vegetable Wash Water
Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont

 
Hard Cider & Cider Apples

LOCATION: CURRIERS
Moderator: TERENCE BRADSHAW

2:00 Constraints & Opportunities in Growing Apples for the Cider Market
Terence Bradshaw, University of Vermont

2:30 Selling Apples to Cideries; What We’re Looking For
Justin Heilenbach, Citizen Cider, Burlington VT

3:00 Three Decades of Growing Cider Apples in New England
Steve Wood, Farnum Hill Cider, Lebanon NH

3:30 Cidernomics: The Economics of Choices in Cider Production & Marketing
Eleanor Leger, Eden Specialty Ciders, Newport VT

4:00 Stepping Into Cider Making: What’s Worked for Us
Dan Wilson, Hick’s Orchard/Slyboro Cider, Granville NY
Andy Ricker, Ricker Hill Orchard, Turner ME
Peter Mitchell, Headwater Cider, Hawley MA

 
Table Grapes

LOCATION: FROST HOWTHORNE (UPSTAIRS)
Moderator: GEORGE HAMILTON

2:00 

Basic Canopy & Cluster Mangement During the Growing Season part one

Basic Canopy & Cluster Management During the Growing Season part two
Sonia Schloemann, University of Massachusetts
George Hamilton, University of New Hampshire

2:30 Growing Seedless Table Grapes in A High Tunnel
Andy Farmer, Northeastern Vine Supply, West Pawlet VT

3:00 Basic Grape Disease Identification & Management
Patricia McManus, University of Wisconsin - Madison

3:30 Basic Insect Identification and Management
Alan Eaton, University of New Hampshire

4:00 Using Soil Testing & Tissue Analysis for Vineyard Nutrient Management
George Hamilton, University of New Hampshire