Fruit Session – FVGAD – PM – Monday, January 9, 2017

Commodities Building

Moderator:  Emmalea Ernest, Associate Scientist, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Program, University of Delaware

This session is focused on protected culture of fruit including high tunnels, greenhouses, low tunnels  and shade structures.

6:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.
Protected Culture Fruit Systems in the United States, Europe and Asia
Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware

6:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
High Tunnel Strawberry Research and Protected Culture Fruit Observations in Maryland
Michael Newell, Horticulture Crops Program Manager, Wye Research and Education Center,
University of Maryland

7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Producing Berries in High and Low Tunnels and Choosing Structures and Coverings for Berry Production
Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate, Small Fruits, Pennsylvania State University

8:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Grower, Consultant, and Researcher Panel on Experiences and Potentials with Protected Culture of Fruit
Moderator: Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware Invited growers, consultants and university researchers present

9:00 p.m. ADJOURN

Included in the panel discussion will be experiences with high tunnel strawberries, greenhouse strawberries, shaded strawberries, high tunnel raspberries and blackberries, high tunnel cherries, high tunnel figs and organic fruit production. There will be discussions of other potential fruits for protected culture including seedless table grapes; apricots, pluots, plumcots, and apriums; plums; peaches and nectarines.

Session Summary:

DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0
MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0.75
MD Nutrient Management Credits:  1.0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  CM: 3.0