New Castle Soil Health and Vegetable Production Workshop

Saturday, March 26, 2011     9:00 am – 12 noon
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Farm (meet at Fisher Greenhouse)

Commercial vegetable growers, market gardeners, crop advisors, and others interested are invited to attend a workshop dedicated to soil health and vegetable crops. With tight rotations, land limitations, and intensive cultivation, soil health is a major concern with vegetable production.

This workshop will focus on incorporating soil health principles into vegetable production as part of an integrated crop and pest management program. Participants will spend most of the workshop doing hands-on soil quality and soil health evaluations in the field (visual, chemical, physical, and biological). We will also discuss best rotations for vegetables, using soil improving cover crops and green manures, using composts and organic amendments, and biofumigant crops in vegetable rotations.

Each participant will be encouraged to develop a soil health maintenance or improvement plan for their vegetable production.

Dr. Gordon Johnson, UD Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, will be conducting this workshop.

To register, if you need additional information, or if you require special needs assistance for this meeting, please contact Carrie Murphy, Horticulture Agent, cjmurphy@udel.edu, or (302) 831-2506.

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