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July 28, 2005

Fresh market tomato field day is Aug. 4

A Fresh Market Tomato Field Day, at which agricultural scientists from North Carolina State University will discuss the latest research involving fresh market tomatoes, is scheduled for Aug. 4 at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Fletcher.

The field day begins at 12:30 p.m. It will feature presentations by researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State on a variety of topics related to growing fresh market tomatoes.

Among topics to be discussed are disease control, pest management, methyl bromide alternatives, weed control and the replicated tomato variety yield trials. The field day will also feature presentations on other vegetable crops, including pumpkin, cabbage and bell pepper.

The field day, which is free and open to the public, will conclude with a meal at 6 p.m. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station is on Old Fanning Bridge Road (accessible from Highway 280 or Highway 191) west of Fletcher in Henderson County. More information is available from Denny Thompson, station superintendent, at (828) 684-7197.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is among the event sponsors.

- Suzanne Stanard

Posted by deeshore at July 28, 2005 04:30 PM