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UMass Research Farm Tour & Vegetable Twilight Meeting

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 - 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Event Type: 
Event location: 
UMass Crop & Livestock Research & Education Farm
89 River Rd., South Deerfield, MA, 01373

Join UMass Extension for a research tour and grower twilight meeting!

In the afternoon, we'll tour the UMass Research Farm and hear about the graduate student and Extension research underway on the farm. Students and faculty are encouraged to come to learn about applied research and the research farm.

In the evening, we'll have talks targeted more to commercial vegetable growers. A representative from Toro will discuss the automated irrigation system set up at the research farm, and the Extension Vegetable Program will discuss their applied research trials in more detail.

See the agendas below for details, and join us for one, the other, or both! A light dinner will follow the evening event.

Research Tour - 2:30 to 4:30pm

  • Dual-use solar - Stephen Herbert
  • Student Farm Enterprise - Amanda Brown
  • Summer cover crop growth before fall brassicas - Dorna Sadat
  • The role of floral morphology in mediating disease transmission in bumblebees - Emelia Kusi
  • Crabgrass as a new summer forage - Arthur Siller
  • Use of okra and safflower as dual-purpose cover crops - Masoud Hashemi
  • Disease resistant cucumber update - Sue Scheufele
  • Basil downy mildew update - Kelly Allen
  • Heat mitigation strategies for field-grown lettuce and tomato - Maggie Ng
  • Improving spray coverage to reduce pesticide use - Vishnu Jayaprakash
  • Genes and genetics in agriculture - Madelaine Bartlett
  • Corn and sorghum intercropping reduces nitrogen loss and greenhouse gas emissions - David Ahlberg


Vegetable Twilight Meeting - 5:00 to 6:30pm

  • Automating your Irrigation System: Monitor Soil Moisture and Water Crops Remotely! with Toro
  • Improving Spray Coverage to Reduce Pesticide Use
  • Heat Mitigation for Field-Grown Lettuce and Tomato
  • Disease-Resistant Varieties of Cucumber
  • Basil Downy Mildew Update

Up to 2 pesticide credits are available for this event (1 each for the afternoon and evening events).

How to Participate: 

Please register in advance!

Contact's name: 
Sue Scheufele
Contact's email: 
This event will be recorded: 
89 River Rd. South Deerfield MA

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