Tomato Grafting and Pest Management Workshop

WAUKON, Iowa -- Grafting tomatoes is centuries old and it has come to the forefront in the past decade for several reasons. Grafting can be used successfully to manage soil borne diseases and improve yields in both hybrid and heirloom tomatoes. Growers also are interested in learning about grafting tomatoes for yield improvement and disease management.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct a tomato grafting and pest management workshop Friday, March 28 at North East Iowa Dairy Foundation Center, Calmar. Iowa State University presenters at the workshop include Ajay Nair, extension horticulturist, and Erika Saalau-Rojas and Melissa Irizarry, plant pathologists with the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Lab. The workshop is co-sponsored by The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

The workshop begins with a 9:45 a.m. registration, followed by the basics of tomato grafting and a hands-on grafting exercise before lunch. Insect and disease identification and pest management strategies and options will be covered during the afternoon session.

Live samples will be available to learn how to identify pests and disease, and their symptoms. Master gardeners, home gardeners and commercial vegetable growers will find this hands-on grafting and pest management experience beneficial.

To register, contact Teresa Wiemerslage at the Allamakee County Extension Office at wiemer@iastate.edu or 563-794-0599.

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