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Six Hundred Second Meeting New England Vegetable and Berry Growers’ Association
New England Vegetable and Berry Growers’ Association
and New England Cooperative Extension present an all-day meeting
9:30 NEVBGA Research: Evaluating Cucumber Cultivars for Downy Mildew Resistance in the Field- Susan Scheufele Extension Educator University of Massachusetts Extension Vegetable Team will revisit the ongoing research on field cucumber production for downy mildew resistance.
10:15 Strawberry Mulching and Asparagus Weed Control Update- Nate Nourse, Nate Nourse Consulting will provide information on quality strawberry mulch, volume, and planning for reducing weed pressure and increasing fruit quality and review cultural and chemical weed control strategies for new and existing asparagus plantings.
11:00 Boom Sprayer Calibration- George Hamilton Extension Educator Emeritus from UNH Cooperative Extension will present a comprehensive guide to calibrating boom spraying equipment that will help ensure effective, efficient, economical, and legal application of your chosen material.
11:45 What’s New with Crop Insurance? – Tom Smiarowski and Paul Russell, UMass Risk Management Education
Noon BREAK
1:00 Phytophthora updates- Dr. Meg McGrath Associate Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section Cornell University. Dr. McGrath will give updates on phytopthora in field crops, chemical controls and their efficacy, and resistance.
1:45 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update- Mary Conklin Fruit Crops Specialist and Integrated Pest Management Educator, UConn Extension will present on SWD and its impact on berry crops, including monitoring thresholds, cultural and chemical controls and their effectiveness for a high quality crop.
2:30 Cover crop selection and timing for nitrogen- Rod Porter of King’s Agriseed will present on selecting the right blend of cover crops and timing, termination, and incorporation for best results for cash crop uptake

** 3 Pesticide recertification credits has been approved for this meeting **
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