Researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a July 28 field day focusing on the needs of fresh-market vegetable producers that will offer farmers the latest information on diseases facing muck crops.
The Muck Crops Field Day is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 state Route 103 S in Willard.
The station covers 15-plus acres of high-organic-matter muck soil in Huron County’s productive “salad bowl” region, said Bob Filbrun, the station’s manager.
The workshop will also offer growers information on several research trials being conducted at the station, including a look at herbicides used on nurse crops such as barley and oats, Filbrun said.
“The field day will include a session that focuses on what issues local muck crop growers are facing this year on their farms and how things are going for them in production so far this season,” he said. “The second half of the morning will focus on plant pathology, including club rot issues in greens as well as a look at the use of a new fungicide, Orondis, which is used for control of root rot in cucurbit crops.
“We will also look at the latest research on carrot weevil control.”
The event will also offer updates on the station’s latest research findings on managing weeds, insects and diseases in muck-soil vegetable crops, Filbrun said.
The event is being held in collaboration with the Huron County office of Ohio State University Extension. OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of the college. The program is free and open to the public and will include a catered brunch.