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Conference Agenda

28th Annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course

March 6 - 7, 2018
Eagle Ridge Conference Center Raymond, MS


The talks presented at the 2018 Greenhouse Tomato Short Course are listed below. They are password protected (password was given out during the Short Course).


Download the 2018 Agenda PDF


Tuesday, March 6


Kickoff the GHSC!
Moderator: Dr. Richard G. Snyder, Professor & Vegetable Specialist, MSU

Welcome from Central MS R&E Center
Dr. Sherry Surrette, Head, Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center, Mississippi State University

Welcome from Mississippi State University
Dr. Gary Jackson, Director,
Mississippi State University Extension

Greenhouse Tomatoes? You’ve Come To The Right Place
Dr. Richard G. Snyder, Professor & Vegetable Specialist, Mississippi State University

Do You Know the Mechanics of Your Greenhouse?
Steve Froehlich, Engineer, Hydrosun Hydroponics, Inc., Grasston, MN

Break -- Visit Exhibitors

Greenhouse Design Basics
Dr. Richard Harkess, MSU Horticulture Professor

LUNCH -- Eagle Ridge, lower level
Visit Exhibitors after lunch!

Exhibitor Show & Tell
Exhibitors Present Their Products

Grower’s Perspective
Leigh Bailey and Jamie Redmond, Salad Days, Flora, MS

Greenhouse vs. High Tunnel – What’s Right For You?
Dr. Joe Kemble, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Auburn University

Depart for Tour of Salad Days

  • Pick up directions at registration area.
  • Limited parking! Do not drive alone! We will carpool as much as possible to the greenhouse.

Arrive at Salad Days, 256 First St., Flora, MS Leigh Bailey and Jamie Redmond, Salad Days, Flora, MS

6:00 Supper
Depart greenhouse for supper (on your own) at Bill's Creole and Steak Depot, 471 Railroad Ave, Flora, MS
0.7 miles north of Salad Days


Wednesday, March 7

8:30 - REGISTRATION and coffee

Day #2 – Ready for More Learning?
Moderator: Dr. Richard G. Snyder, Professor & Vegetable Specialist, MSU

Are Your Plants Performing at Peak Efficiency?
Steve Froehlich, Engineer, Hydrosun Hydroponics, Inc., Grasston, MN

The ABC's of N-P-K
Dr. Joe Kemble, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Auburn University

Break -- Visit Exhibitors

Greenhouse Tomatoes Budgets and Other Economics
Dr. Elizabeth Canales, Extension Agricultural Economist, Mississippi State University

LUNCH -- Eagle Ridge, lower level
Visit Exhibitors after lunch!

Digital Marketing using Social Media
Lauren Colby Nickels, Extension Instructor, MSU Center for Technology Outreach

Pest Management Workshop

Insect Pests of Greenhouse Tomatoes
Dr. Blake Layton, Extension Entomologist, Mississippi State University

Break -- Visit Exhibitors

Disease Management in Greenhouse Tomatoes
Dr. Rebecca Melanson, Extension Plant Pathologist, Mississippi State University

Diagnostic Testing for Viral and Bacterial Pathogens of Tomato
Robert Emmitt, Plant Pathologist
Agdia Inc., Elkhart, IN

Panel Discussion - General Discussion: Questions and Answers – Speakers who are still present will participate.

Dr. Joe Kemble, Steve Froehlich, Dr. Blake Layton, Robert Emmitt, Leigh Bailey, Jamie Redmond, Dr. Richard Harkess, Lauren Colby Nickels, Dr. Rebecca Melanson, Dr. Elizabeth Canales, and Dr. Rick Snyder


Greenhouse Tomato Short Course 2018
Sponsored by
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center
Mississippi State University Extension Service

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Very large field of green rice plants bordered by a dirt path on the near side and trees on the far side.
Filed Under: Rice August 17, 2018

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi growers will produce about 20 percent more rice this year, mostly thanks to additional acres planted over 2017’s total.

Larry Falconer, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said early forecasts predict national yields near last year’s 7,400 pounds per acre.

“National acreage is up about 20 percent. In Mississippi, the increase is slightly more at 23 percent,” Falconer said. “It helped that, at planting time, prices were slightly better than the previous year.”

Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes August 13, 2018

PONTOTOC, Miss. -- Sweet potato producers, crop consultants, agricultural industry representatives and the general public will learn about ongoing Mississippi State University sweet potato research and outreach efforts at a field day Aug. 30.

The MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the event at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, located at 8320 Highway 15 South in Pontotoc County.  

A close-up of a fire ant mound.
Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Livestock, Pets, Fire Ants, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests, Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Vegetable Gardens August 10, 2018

Fire ants are everywhere. If you’ve thrown your hands up in exasperation trying to deal with them, don’t give up just yet. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)

Muscadines of various shades are bunched on the vine.
Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit August 8, 2018

Producers can learn about issues related to muscadine production and other fruit-related topics at an upcoming field day in Pearl River County, south of McNeill.

Green soybean plants set pods in a field.
Filed Under: Crops, Soybeans August 2, 2018

Mississippi’s soybean crop is in good or excellent condition, but growers are losing access to some foreign markets due to circumstances beyond their control.


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Extension Stories

Home Foundation Repair in Mississippi

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:15am
Rice Rice Baby October 22, 2017
The Food Factor

Rice Rice Baby

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:45am
Farmweek, Entire Show, September 23, 2016

Season 40 Show #10

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, June 17, 2016

Season 39 Show #49

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, Nov. 20, 2015

Season 39 Show #20

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:00pm


Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 8:00am
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 8:00am
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:00am
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:15am

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Extension/Research Professor
Greenhouse Tomatoes and other vegetables, Field Vegetables, Mushrooms