Florida Potato Field Day Set

Published online: Apr 10, 2017 Event Calendar Paul Rusnak
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More than 20,000 acres of potatoes are grown in around Hastings, Fla., in the northeastern part of the state. That figure represents more than 60 percent of the state’s potato crop acreage, which boasts an annual production value of $180 million.

It’s only appropriate the so-called potato capital of Florida serves as Ground Zero not only for acres grown, but also relevant research. To showcase and discuss the latest developments in production and crop protection, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Hastings Agricultural Extension Center will host its annual Potato Field Day at its Cowpen Branch research and demonstration farm on April 27.

Growers, industry representatives, and anyone interested in potato production are welcome to attend this free event. Topics to be covered include specialty potatoes, fertigation, alternatives to fumigation for nematode management, disease management, weed control and more.

As a supplement to the educational program, participants will tour the research farm, stopping at plots where UF/IFAS specialists and extension agents will deliver presentations on current research findings.

Following is the official agenda for the event:

3 p.m.                          Welcome and Introductions: Gary K. England, director, UF/IFAS Hastings Agricultural Extension Center

3:15-4:50 p.m.            Field Tours:

Potato Nutrition Update

How to set up a fertigation system for potato production: Xiangju Fu, UF/IFAS

Phosphorus trial update for potato production: Dario Racano, UF/IFAS

Weed management update: Peter Dittmar, UF/IFAS

Cover crop weed management

Vine management for skin set

Nematode management

Alternative fumigants: Joe Noling, UF/IFAS

Nematode management in potato: Don Dickson, UF/IFAS

Potato disease management update: Nick Dufault, UF/IFAS

Late blight model

Industry fungicide evaluation

Blackleg update

USDA specialty potato plots: Lincoln Zotarelli and Christian Christiensen, UF/IFAS

5 p.m.                          Educational program

Sweet potato research update: Bonnie C. Wells, UF/IFAS

Why can fertigation significantly increase potato yield?: David Liu, UF/IFAS

Determining water table level for irrigating TCAA soils: Lincoln Zotarelli and Andre Biscaia, UF/IFAS

Adjusting seed piece spacing for chipping: Lincoln Zotarelli

5:30 p.m.                    Dinner sponsored by Ameris Bank


For more information about this event and to RSVP, click here or call (904) 209-0430.


Source: Growing Produce