UF/IFAS Vegetable Growers Meeting Rescheduled to Online Format

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Vegetables

Nutsedge can puncture the plastic and fight for the same resources as the pepper plants.

By Clint Thompson

The University of Florida (UF)/IFAS vegetable growers meeting scheduled for April 23 will meet via online beginning at 10 a.m. Those interested in learning about weed management can join via https://ufl.zoom.us/j/831234086. The Meeting ID is 831 234 086.

Those interested can also join via mobile: +16465588656, 831234086# US (New York);
+16699006833, 831234086# US (San Jose).

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the UF/IFAS Administration determined that all group research and Extension meetings through the end of April must be postponed.

The meeting’s contents will include a presentation from UF/IFAS weed scientist Ramdas Kanissery. He will discuss the aspects of effective, long-term and crop-safe weed suppression in vegetable production, specific to tomatoes and peppers. Initial results from an ongoing experiment for nutsedge suppression in vegetable plasticulture beds will also be highlighted.

Nathan Boyd, UF/IFAS weed scientist, will talk about the effects of soil fumigants in managing weeds. His talk will highlight the efficacy of different fumigants on weeds, fumigant movement in the soil, broadleaf and grass management with fumigants and techniques to enhance fumigant efficacy.

Peter Dittmar, UF/IFAS weed scientist, will talk about fallow weed management selection to improve nutsedge control in vegetable crops. Nutsedge is the most problematic weed in vegetable crop production. The summer months are ideal for its control because they provide growers a chance to use broad-spectrum herbicides, mechanical methods and cover crops. The key for better weed control is to reduce underground tubers.

These fallow management practices are most important during the summer fallow when nutsedge is actively growing. It is not effective to wait until the fall.

The zoom meeting will wrap up with a question-and-answer session with the presenters, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

RUP CEU and CCA credit will be provided.