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Can I use a vibrating toothbrush rather than the expensive electric pollinators?

There are a variety of methods for getting the tomato flowers pollinated. All of the methods accomplish pollination by vibrating the flower enough for the pollen to move from the anthers to the stigma, almost entirely within the same flower. The best two methods are the electric pollinator and bumblebees.

The electric pollinator is available from a greenhouse supplier. If a grower has more than 10,000 square feet under one roof, bumblebees should be considered, since they are a tremendous labor savor. For areas between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet (under one roof) the economics of using bumblebees may or may not make sense. A grower needs to compare the costs of bees vs. labor. Other methods of pollinating, which are not as effective as the first two, include the following: electric toothbrush, leaf blower, air blast from backpack sprayer, shaking support wires by banging with sticks, etc. While the electric toothbrush will accomplish some pollination, it will not achieve as high yields as the electric pollinator

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Greenhouse Tomatoes January 18, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 27th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 7 and 8.

Experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Auburn University will present the latest production information. Experienced growers and industry professionals from around the U.S. also will speak.

The short course will be at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center, located at 1500 Raymond Lake Road in Raymond.

Filed Under: Green Industry, Greenhouse Tomatoes February 12, 2015

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals can learn all aspects of production during the 25th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 3 and 4 in Raymond.

Experts from the tomato industry, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Auburn University will present the latest production information.

The workshop will be held at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center at 1500 Raymond Lake Road in Raymond.

Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes February 5, 2014

JACKSON – Greenhouse tomato growers can learn everything from greenhouse design to budgeting during the 24th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 4-5 in Raymond.

Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the University of Florida Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Auburn University and the tomato industry will present information to help current growers and those interested in starting a greenhouse tomato business.

Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes January 31, 2013

RAYMOND -- Tomato growers from around the world will attend Mississippi State University’s 23rd annual national Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 5 and 6 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss.

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Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes January 19, 2012

RAYMOND – The 22nd annual national Greenhouse Tomato Short Course will be held March 6 and 7 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss.

The conference is open to current growers and those interested in starting a greenhouse tomato operation. Topics will include greenhouse system components, greenhouse design and engineering, alternative heating options, marketing, budgeting for growers, research updates, plant nutrition, alternative crops, water sanitation, physiological disorders, plant diagnostics, disease identification and control, and pest management.

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