Jul 13, 2016
Learn grafting techniques with USDA at Empire Farm Days

Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Genetic Resources Unit will demonstrate grafting techniques at the 2016 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, New York. Grafting techniques used with apple trees and grapevines will be demonstrated daily at 11 a.m., Aug. 9-11.

The ARS scientists will show how rootstocks affect fruit quality, change the shape and productivity of the tree scion, or top, and how scion traits can be modified by different rootstocks.

ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The mission of the Plant Genetic Resources Unit is to maintain, characterize, and distribute plant genetic resources of selected fruit and vegetable crops to develop new hardy varieties that can stand up to pests, diseases and environmental stresses.

Experience Empire is the theme for Empire Farm Days in 2016. The 300-acre event features more than 600 agricultural institutions, organizations and industry representatives with exhibits, information, demonstrations, educational seminars, live animals, and farm safety and rural life displays. Parking $10 per vehicle. Learn more at the Empire Farm Days website or call 877-697-7837.




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