Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Spring/Summer Fruit Field Day

This sounds like a facinating full day of learning on small fruits and hihg tunnels. You probably couldn't get any better with Pat Byers (MU) and Ted Carey (KSU) presenting thier information on small fruit research and their high tunnel work. If you're interested in attending call the K-State Research and Extension Center at 913-856-2335 so they know to expect you. If anyone does go, post a comment and let us know what you leanred.

On another note, if you don't see a blog for each day don't be alarmed. I will be traveling the entire month of June. I hope to continue blogging at least every other day. So keep coming back to see what I have seen or learned about agriculture on my travels.

Spring/Summer Fruit Field Day Kansas Fruit Growers Association and K-State Research and Extension Saturday, June 7, 2008
K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center
35230 W 135th St., Olathe, KS 66061
Gieringer Farms, 39675 W 183rd, Edgerton, KS 66021

1:00 p.m. Welcome and introductions.
1:15 to 2:30 Overview of production of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, with emphasis on high tunnels. Pat Byers, Horticulture Specialist, University of Missouri and Ted Carey, K-State Research and Extension.
2:30 to 2:45 Break
2:45 to 3:15 Marketing your fruit crop. Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Agricultural Economist, K-State Research and Extension. (Video presentation)
3:15 to 3:45 Marketing to retail outlets – Roundtable discussion with Brendan Kline, Whole Foods Market
3:45 to 4:00 Break
4:00 to 5:00 Tour K-State fruit plots, including blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and apricot plantings. Most of the crops are in both high tunnels and open field.
5:00 to 5:30 Travel to Gieringer Farms
5:30 to 6:15 Orchard and farm tour.
6:15 to 7:30 Barbeque dinner, networking and fellowship

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