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Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension, smithma@illinois.edu #309-756-9978, serving Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/ Stark Counties
Quad-City Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop Feb. 22

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Quad-Cities vegetable producers can learn how to grow quality transplants at an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop planned for Friday, Feb. 22 in Bettendorf. Ajay Nair and Patrick O'Malley, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, are hosting the workshop in partnership with University of Illinois Extension.

"Transplant production plays a key role in a successful vegetable production system," said Nair. "Growing healthy, disease free, and quality transplants is the first step growers have to take to achieve higher yields and productivity."

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf. Sessions will focus on nutrient medium, lighting, pests, diseases and proper hardening techniques for transplants. In addition to Nair and O'Malley, presenters include Donald Lewis, extension entomologist, and Mark Gleason, extension plant pathologist, Iowa State University; and Sam Shroyer, FarmTek of Dyersville.

"Growing high quality plants requires skill, proper care, and knowledge of the fundamentals of plant growth and management," said Nair. "This educational workshop will help growers learn how to successfully grow strong and healthy transplants." Below is the schedule of topics:

AGENDA

9:30am

Registration and Breakfast

10am - 10:45

Transplant growing medium – Sam Shroyer

10:45 - 11:30

Insect pests of transplants – Donald Lewis

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch

12:30 - 1:15

Transplant diseases and management – Mark Gleason

1:15 - 2:00

Importance of light in transplant production – Ajay Nair

2:15 - 2:30

Break

2:30 - 3:15

Hardening off transplants – Patrick O'malley

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Discussion and Evaluation

The workshop fee is $30 through Feb. 15 and $35 after that date. Online registration is available at http://transplantproduction.eventbrite.com/. Deadline for registering is Feb. 20. For more information, contact Ajay Nair (nairajay@iastate.edu; 515-294-7080).

















 




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