4th Annual St. James Parish Tomato Field Day A Success

Albert Orgeron  |  6/8/2012 9:37:33 PM

4th Annual St. James Parish Tomato Field Day A Success

On June 6th, 2012, the LSU AgCenter held the 4th Annual St James Parish Tomato Field Day at Raymond (T-Black) Millet and Rene (T-White) Millet’s farm in Paulina. Over 170 attendees took part in educational programs provided by Dr. Katherine Fontenot, Dr. Don Ferrin, Mr. Craig Roussel, and Mr. Al Orgeron of the LSU AgCenter’s Cooperative Extension Service. Topics covered included new tomato cultivars, disease management, insect management, pesticide usage, and the 2012 St. James Garden contest winners. Many of the attendees participated in a blind taste test, evaluating the flavor of the 6 new varieties planted this year. After tallying votes, Biltmore, PS01522935, and PS01522942 ranked as the best tasting varieties to participants. These varieties are available for public purchase as seed, but transplant material will be limited in 2013. Both East and West St. James Parish Farm Bureau Federation were the sponsors of the Field Day and Garden Contest for 2012, and their commitment to St. James Parish Agriculture is appreciated.

Preparations are underway for next year’s tomato field day, and we encourage St. James residents to begin the planning process to compete in the 2013 Garden Contest, as well as, a new contest. We will add some friendly competition to the 2013 Tomato Field Day by incorporating the biggest tomato contest in next year’s events. So, next year bring your largest tomato to the field day, and you may end up with some extra green in your pocket.

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