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January 7, 2020
Teibel's Family Restaurant, 1775 US 41, US 30 & US 41, Schererville, Indiana

Please check back in the Fall for more information about the 2020 Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium.

8:30 am    Welcome

8:35 am    How Your Pest Management Practices Affect Your Watermelon Yield, Pollinators, and Natural Enemies             Rick Foster, Purdue University

9:15 am    Updates on Important Cucurbit Diseases in Illinois and Indiana and Their Management           Mohammad Babadoost, University of Illinois

9:55 am    Exhibitor Introductions

10:05 am  Break

10:25 am  Cucumbers in High Tunnels       Wenjing Guan, Purdue University

11:25 am  Worker Protection Standards: How to Handle It          Gene Matzat, Purdue University

11:55 am  Break

12:10 pm  Lunch - Teibel's Restaurant

1:10 pm    Urban Ag Updates in the Chicago Metropolitan Area           Zach Grant, University of Illinois

1:40 pm    Managing Blossom End Rot in Peppers          Petrus Langenhoven, Purdue University         

2:10 pm    Break

2:20 pm    Choose Session A or B

           A. Pumpkins

2:20 pm    Basics of Pumpkin Production          Liz Maynard, Purdue University

2:50 pm    Pumpkin Variety Performance, Cover Crops, and No-Till Systems          Nathan Johanning, University of Illinois Extension

3:40 pm   Roundtable Discussion

4:00 pm   Adjourn

           B. Organic & Biostimulants

2:20 pm   Organic Weed Management & Tips          Matthew Turino, Student Farm University Of Illinois Farm Manager

3:15 pm   Enhancing Soil Health Naturally for Vegetable Production          James Theuri, University of Illinois

4:00 pm   Adjourn

Previous Years
2018 Program for the Day

8:00 am       Registration

8:30 am       Welcome                                                                                                                                   Phil Woolery, Purdue Extension

8:35 am       Do I Really Need a Special Sprayer for Sweet Corn Caterpillars?                                  Rick Foster, Purdue University

9:15 am       Biology, Symptoms and Management of Bacterial Canker of Tomato                          Dan Egel, Purdue University

9:55 am       Exhibitor Introductions

10:05 am     Break

                    Moderator: Nikky Witkowski

10:25 am     New Rules for Dicamba                                                                                                        Joe Ikley, Purdue University 

11:25 am     Biostimulants, Biofungicides and Biofertilizers                                                                Lori Hoagland, Purdue Univeristy

11:55 am     Break

12:10 pm    Lunch - Teibel’s Restaurant

                    Moderator: James Theuri

1:10 pm      What Produce Growers Need to Know about Federal Food Safety Regs for 2018     Zack Grant, University of Illinois

1:40 pm      Pumpkin and Sweet Corn Variety Performance                                                              Liz Maynard, Purdue University

2:10 pm      Break – Split into two sessions


     Session A: Economics and Marketing

     Moderator: Andrew Martin

2:20 pm      2017 Indiana Farmers Market Price Reports                                                                   Ariana Torres, Purdue University

3:10 pm      Words Matter: How Evolving Consumer Food Values are Triggered by Word Associations               Jodee Ellett, Purdue Extension

4:00 pm      Adjourn


     Session B: Production Issues

     Moderator: Gene Matzat

2:20 pm      What’s New in Cover Crops for Vegetables: Midwest Cover Crop Tool                  Anna Morrow, Purdue Extension

                    Crimping for Pumpkin and Melon Production                                                            Dan Perkins, Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District

2:50 pm      Planting Schedules for High Tunnel Winter Greens Production                               Liz Maynard, Purdue University

                    Planting Schedules for High Tunnel Winter Greens Production                               Zack Grant, University of Illinois

3:20 pm      Equipment for Small Farms - Panel Discussion                                                           Moderated by Michael O'Donnell, Purdue University

4:00 pm      Adjourn


8:00 AM          Registration

8:30 AM          Welcome                    Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension

8:35 AM          Pollinators: Where are We After 2016?             Rick Foster, Dept. of Entomology, Purdue
9:05 AM          Management of Powdery Mildew and other Important Diseases of Cucurbits            Mohammad Babadoost, Dept. of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois

9:35 AM          Mineral Nutrition for Vegetable Crops            Liz Maynard, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

10:05 AM        Exhibitor Introductions

10:15 AM        Break

                          Moderator: Andrew Martin


10:35 AM        Updated Worker Protection Standards          Nikky Witkowski, Purdue Extension, Lake County

10:55 AM        Food Safety Regulation Update and Washing Systems for Small Operations             Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension

11:25 AM        Break

11:55 AM        Luncheon
1:10 PM          Moderator: Liz Maynard                        

1:10 PM          How Can Other Farm Profiles Help You Plan?                 Ariana Torres, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

1:45 PM          Modern Transplant Production in the Greenhouse          Krishna Nemali, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

2:20 PM          Break - Split into two sessions

        Session A: Organic Pest Management.

                          Moderator: Bob Yoder

2:30 PM          Successful Pest Management in Organic Vegetable Production      Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension, Cook County

3:15 PM          Bio-Char Does it work?                                   Liz Aquino, Lanes End Farm, Lowell, Indiana

3:45 PM          Student and Mentoring Partnerships on Vegetable Farms               Tamara Benjamin, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

        Session B: Hydroponic Production       

                          Moderator: Nikky Witkowski                 

2:25 PM          Is Hydroponics Really that Easy?               Petrus Langenhoven, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

 3:10 PM          Break                                                        
3:15 PM          Starting a Hydroponic Enterprise & Identifying Markets  Tim Yohnka, New Day Hydroponics, Momence, Illinois

4:00 PM          Adjourn                                                     
Central Standard Time (Chicago Time)    Title    Speaker
8:00 AM    Registration   
8:30 AM    Welcome   
    Lyndsay Ploehn, Moderator   
8:35 AM    New Pollinator Regulations    Rick Foster, Purdue University
9:00 AM    Cucurbit Insect Management and Aphid Outbreaks    Rick Weinzierl, University of illinois
9:30 AM    Prevalent Diseases of 2015:  Phytophthora Blight, Downy Mildew and More    Dan Egel, Purdue University
10:10 AM    Exhibitor Introductions   
10:20 AM    Break   
    Phil Woolery, Moderator   
10:40 AM    Drift Recovery    Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension
11:00 AM    USDA Programs for Vegetable Farmers 
FSA Jacob Maxwell, Farm Service Agency
NRCS web site  Tony Bailey, Natural Resources Conservation Service
RMA web site  PDF Jennifer Dammerman, Risk Management Agency
11:45 AM    Break   
12:15 PM    Luncheon   
1:10 PM    James Theuri, Moderator   
1:10 PM    What's New at Purdue Horticulture    Hazel Wetzstein, Purdue University
1:25 PM    Update on the Food Safety Modernization Act     James Theuri, University of Illinois Extension
1:45 PM    Blasting Weed Competition Away    Sam Wortman, University of Illinois
2:15 PM    Break - Choose Session A or Session B   
    Session A: Marketing Tips and Tools, Andrew Martin, Moderator 
2:25 PM    Efficient and Effective Use of Social Media  Mary Hosier, University of Illinois (additional handouts: Social Media 101 and Social Media Rules Poster)
3:25 PM    Point of Sale Systems for Small Businesses    Danielle Sands, Purdue Extension
4:00 PM    Adjourn           
    Session B: Production Topics, Zack Grant, Moderator        
2:25 PM    Year Round Mixed Vegetable Production in High Tunnels    Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension
2:55 PM    Opportunities in Hydroponics    Petrus Langenhoven, Purdue University
3:30 PM    Building Soil Health in Organic Systems     Lori Hoagland, Purdue University
4:00 PM    Adjourn   
Questions? Contact Nikky Witkowski, or 219-755-3240
Program Planning Committee 2019:
Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension
Andrew Martin, Purdue Extension, Newton County
Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension, LaPorte County
Liz Maynard, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
James Theuri, University of Illinois Extension
Nikky Witkowski, Purdue Extension, Lake County (Chair)
Phil Woolery, Purdue Extension, Pulaski and Starke Counties
Bob Yoder, Purdue Extension, Marshall County
Butch Zandstra, Zandstra's Farm and Greenhouse, Lowell
Dan Perkins, Perkins' Good Earth Farm, DeMotte

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