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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).


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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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Light green lettuce, dark purple eggplant and cucumbers sit on black shelves.
Filed Under: Crops, Local Flavor July 13, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi’s roadsides are seeing more farmers markets, produce stands and pickup trucks filled with fruits and vegetables.

Commercial horticultural crops, commonly called truck crops in the agricultural industry, include berries, fruits, melons, nuts, potatoes and vegetables. Last year, they combined with other horticultural crops -- flowers, sod and Christmas trees – for a total production value of $107 million, according to statistics gathered by the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

Large field of mature, golden wheat with green trees on the far side.
Filed Under: Wheat July 6, 2018

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's wheat yields were the silver lining in an otherwise depressing season with reduced acreage and a weak market.

Until recent years, growers averaged 200,000 acres of wheat in the state. This year, growers planted about 50,000 acres, and estimated yields have averaged 62 bushels per acre, a 4-bushel increase from last year.

Larry Falconer, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said prices are up about 6 cents per bushel compared to this same point last year.

The leaves of green tomato plants droop on the plants
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens July 6, 2018

Common Diseases of TomatoesCRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- Conditions have been ideal this summer for a disease outbreak that makes tomatoes wilt and look like they are just too dry.

Southern blight is a fungal disease of tomatoes commonly characterized by white, thread-like growth and brown or tan, round structures known as sclerotia at the base of the stem.

A watermelon with a dark green outer shell and light green stripes rests in a field.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Watermelons, Farmers Markets, Food June 29, 2018

TAYLORSVILLE, Miss. -- Before the first batch was picked on June 22, two fields at Ford Farms were covered with red and yellow watermelons. That wasn’t the case a year ago.

Any kind of melon crop at the Smith County farm is an improvement over 2017.

Filed Under: Soils, Soil Health, Environment June 28, 2018

CLARKSDALE, Miss. -- Growers who planted cover crops for the first time last year will share their experiences with other producers at a cover crop field day.


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Season 39 Show #20

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Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:45am
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 11:45am
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 11:45am
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 11:45am

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