Jan 21, 2016
Summit on apple scab, fire blight management set for March 14

Red Tomato and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will host a summit on the advances and international practices in the management of apple scab and fire blight. The summit will take place on March 14 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Memorial Library in Hyde Park, NY.

The day will feature a presentation from Marc Trapman, an expert on sustainable fruit production in the Netherlands. Trapman will present updates on current management practices and RIMpro, a decision support system used in the management of pests and disease in fruit and grape production. The presentations will focus on RIMpro’s approach to apple scab and fire blight management. RIMpro allows users to model infection risk to better manage spraying based on weather data collected on a farm.

The day will also feature presentations from:

  • Vincent Phillion, the Institut de Recherche et de Developpement en Agroenvironment
  • David Rosenberger, Cornell University School of Plant Science
  • Kerik Cox, Cornell University
  • Jon Clements, University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension Educator
  • Daniel Cooley, University of Massachusetts Amherst

For a full program agenda, registration information and lodging arrangements, visit the Red Tomato website.

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