Hands On Experience Slated For Greenhouse Tomato Seminar

Hanna Y. Hanna, Claesgens, Mark A., Coolman, Denise  |  1/28/2006 4:20:06 AM

Commercial tomato growers will learn the latest about the industry at the Red River Research Station Tomato Field Day Feb. 24 in Bossier City.

News Release Distributed 01/30/06

BOSSIER CITY – Greenhouse tomato growers can expect "hands on" experience during the LSU AgCenter’s 10th Annual Greenhouse Tomato Seminar slated for Feb. 24 at the AgCenter’s Red River Research Station.

Dr. H.Y. Hanna, an LSU AgCenter researcher at the station who is in charge of the greenhouse tomato project and the seminar, said the program will be somewhat different from the ones in years past. He said growers will get to participate in actual production practices that have proven to minimize errors and improve plant productivity.

"Most of the training session will be conducted in and around the greenhouses in fresh air," Hanna said. "Growers will participate and/or watch us demonstrate how to produce a successful tomato crop from seeding to termination."

There is no registration fee for the seminar, which gets underway at 1 p.m. Feb. 24.

Among the topics on the agenda is a discussion on inverted gutters. These gutters are a new technology Hanna is using in the greenhouses at the LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station.

Other topics for demonstrations and discussions include selecting greenhouse tomato varieties; producing transplants in rock, wool, pro-mix and horticulture cubes; feeding transplants and mature plants; correcting potassium and magnesium deficiencies; using mediums such as perlite, pine bark and rock wool for raising tomatoes; recycling perlite; measuring water quality in municipal water and rain water; the amount of salt tomato plants can tolerate; how many fruit per cluster should be left on a plant; common insects and diseases to look for when growing greenhouse tomatoes; harvesting and storing tomatoes; and reducing blotch discoloration of the fruit.

The seminar is expected to end at 5 p.m. For more information on the seminar, call Hanna at (318) 741-7430 extension 1116 or e-mail him at hhanna@agcenter.lsu.edu.

The LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station is located on U.S. Highway 71 South near Bossier City. For more directions or information on the station, call (318) 741-7430.

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Contact:
H.Y. Hanna at (318) 741-7430 ext. 1116 or hhanna@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writers:
A. Denise Coolman at (318) 547-0921 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu
Mark Claesgens at (225) 578-2939 or mclaesgens@agcenter.lsu.edu

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