Pumpkin Field Day coming Aug. 17

Autumn will be here before you know it and if you are a pumpkin grower, you won’t want to miss the Aug. 17 Pumpkin Field Day.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 S. Charleston Pike South in Charleston. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. The field day will offer beginning and experienced growers valuable research updates regarding disease management, insect management, weed control, and new pumpkin and winter squash varieties.

Current production information designed to help growers will be presented during a research plot tour by experts from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension. OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of OSU’s College of Food Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

“The field day will feature some traditional and new projects on the tour,” said Jim Jasinski, OSU Extension Educator and Integrated Pest Management Program Coordinator. Included will be a seven-treatment powdery mildew fungicide demonstration trial, a powdery mildew fungicide drip irrigation trial, a pumpkin variety trial with 20 hybrids ranging from small to large fruit and a variety trial with 11 winter squash varieties.

There will be presentations on how to identify and control weeds, insects and diseases. After formal presentations, growers will have time to revisit any of the plots in more detail and talk to specialists.

Pre-registration is required by Aug. 15. There is a $5 per person fee, payable at the event. To pre-register, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/pumpkin17, or call 937-462-8016 and leave a message.

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