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April 4 field day to cover season extension, strawberries

MSU Extension Service

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- Producers interested in season extension for specialty crops and commercial strawberry production can learn about these topics during an upcoming field day.

The Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day will be April 4 at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station, located at 2024 Experiment Station Road in Crystal Springs. It begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

Classroom topics will cover equipment for season extension of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers, as well as strawberry culture and management. Participants also will taste strawberry varieties grown at the unit and tour the Experiment Station grounds to see examples of mulches, row tunnels, low tunnels, insect barrier cloths, the strawberry trial field, and high tunnels and greenhouses. Attendees will have an opportunity to set up a low tunnel.

Preregistration is required to ensure a seat for lunch and the strawberry tasting. Hats and boots are recommended for the field tour.

The field day is a joint production by experts with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production. It is supported through a Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Specialty Crop Block Grant.

To register or for more information, call the experiment station at 601-892-3731.

Contact: Dr. Bill Evans, 601-892-3731

Released: March 23, 2017
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