LSU AgCenter Announces 8th Annual Greenhouse Tomato Seminar

Hanna Y. Hanna, Coolman, Denise  |  4/26/2005 12:30:04 AM

News Release Distributed 01/30/04

BOSSIER CITY – The LSU AgCenter’s 8th annual Greenhouse Tomato Seminar and Field Day is scheduled for the afternoon of Feb. 27 at the Red River Research Station near Bossier City.

Dr. H.Y. Hanna, a professor at the Red River Research Station, said this year’s program includes a report on how tomatoes are grown in greenhouses in Canada.

"I recently went on a trip to Canada, where I talked to producers about some of the practices they use to grow greenhouse tomatoes," Hanna said. "I will be sharing this information, as well as some pictures I took, with everyone who comes to the seminar."

The seminar, which will run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Feb. 27, also will include presentations by Dr. Randy Sanderlin, a plant pathologist at the LSU AgCenter’s Pecan Research Station located near Shreveport. Sanderlin will discuss a variety of tomato diseases and measures of control for these pathogens.

In other sessions during the seminar, Keith Yamamoto from the Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, will talk about enhancing greenhouse light to improve tomato production, and Dr. Mike Hall, an entomologist from the LSU AgCenter’s Pecan Research Station, will talk about tomato insects and methods of controlling these pests.

"We also will have a presentation concerning alternative greenhouse crops," Hanna said. "In addition, we will hear a report about practical, money-saving techniques learned since last year’s seminar."

The seminar will end with a tour of the greenhouse facilities located at the Red River Research Station.

All activities are free to anyone who wishes to participate, Hanna said.

The LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station is located on U.S. Highway 71 south of Bossier City. For more information or directions, contact Hanna at (318) 741-7430, Ext. 1116, or hhanna@agcenter.lsu.edu.

To find out more about the Red River Research Station, other research stations and other research and educational programs of the LSU AgCenter, visit www.lsuagcenter.com.

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Contact: H.Y. Hanna at (318) 741-7430, Ext. 1116, or hhanna@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: A. Denise Coolman at (318) 644-5865 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu

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