Annual Greenhouse Tomato Seminar Slated

Hanna Y. Hanna, Bogren, Richard C.  |  2/9/2007 1:24:52 AM

News Release Distributed 02/08/07

Greenhouse tomato growers can expect hands-on experience during the LSU AgCenter’s 11th Annual Greenhouse Tomato Seminar slated for Feb. 23 at the AgCenter’s Red River Research Station near Bossier City.

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 include two hours of classroom presentations and two hours of hands-on demonstrations in the greenhouses.

"It will be a busy four hours of presentations," Hanna said. "We want to show growers how to save money on heating and operating a greenhouse."

There is no registration fee for the seminar, which will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 23.

Among the topics Hanna will cover are a review of new greenhouse tomato varieties, pruning fruit and removing culls before they take energy from the plants, spotted wilt virus and selecting and recycling planting media to save money.

Hanna said the greenhouse presentations will include demonstrations of handling seeds to get a higher percentage to germinate, showing the performance of transplants in various media and fertilization of transplants and mature plants.

"We’ll also demonstrate tissue sampling and testing for water quality," he said.

In addition to the formal presentations, Hanna said the event will include displays about tomato insects, tomato diseases and other tomato production problems.

The seminar is expected to end at 5 p.m. For more information on the seminar, call Hanna at (318) 741-7430, ext. 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
Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@ageenter.lsu.edu

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