Source: AgriLife Today
More than 70 agricultural producers, gardeners and others attended the recent Vegetable and Wheat Spring Field Day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde.
The free event was open to area producers and the public, with lunch provided courtesy of First State Bank of Uvalde.
There were presentations by vegetable and wheat experts, along with a tour of test plots on the center’s grounds. Attendees visited several different locations at the center’s farm to get a close-up look at a variety of research being conducted at the center.
Leskovar said the major goal of the field day was to give producers insights on increasing profitability through improved crop management with genetically improved varieties.
Before visiting outdoor sites, attendees heard from Dante Galeazzi, CEO and president of the Texas International Produce Association, Mission, who spoke about fresh produce sales and markets. They also heard from Dr. Alejandro Castillo, associate professor in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College Station, who presented on current issues in produce safety.
An area of particular interest to about 30 attendees was the tomato grafting workshop offered at the end of the program. The workshop included a primer on the benefits of grafting and how grafting tomato varieties onto more resistant rootstocks can help manage soil-borne pathogens as well as enhance growth and yield. There was also a hands-on demonstration in which participants were shown the proper method of grafting and then allowed to try it for themselves.
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