Moses Lake, WA 98837, USA

PNVA convention coming in November

By CHARLES H. FEATHERSTONE,
For the Basin Business Journal

KENNEWICK — The Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association, a group that represents the interests of vegetable growers across the region, will be holding its annual conference at the Three River Convention Center in Kennewick in November.

The conference lasts for two days beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and will feature speakers and presentations on everything from soil management to organic pest control and covers crops as varied as onions, legumes and watermelons.

According to the association’s web site, the PNVA “has been a strong proponent of vegetable production research in the Pacific Northwest by seeking to accomplish three goals” that include ensuring researchers know what growers need to have researched, providing a clearinghouse for funding vegetable research, and set aside a portion of association funds for further research.

“Since the beginning the initiation of supporting research projects, the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association has contributed over $52,000 for the support of research in the Pacific Northwest,” the association’s web site said.

While many of the session focus on pests, diseases and irrigation, Carrie Wohleb, a Washington State University researcher and extension specialist in Ephrata, will talk about the air in a presentation entitled “Navigating the Smokey Haze – Impacts of Air Pollution on Vegetable Crops.”

“The Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association represents all vegetable growers from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. To the Association, the smallest specialty crop grower is just as important as the largest corporate farm that has thousands of acres,” the web site said. “Both fill a specific need in the marketplace.”

The deadline for registration is Friday, Nov. 9. To register for the conference, click on www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-pacific-northwest-vegetable-association-conference-and-trade-show-registration-43723580406, and for more information, contact the association at pnva.org.

Schedule of events
REGISTRATION OPEN at 7:30 a.m.
Day 1 Wednesday, Nov. 14
Credits: WA/TBA, OR-3, ID-4
Onion Session
8:30 a.m. Soil Moisture Monitoring Devices and Data Interpretation, Troy Peters, WSU
9 a.m. Irrigation Management for Drip and Furrow Irrigated Onions, Jim Klauser, Clearwater Supply
9:30 a.m. Soil-moisture Management to Produce Quality Onions using Center Pivot Irrigation, Carrie Wohleb, WSU
10 a.m. Break - Trade Show
10:45 a.m. The Importance of Proper Diagnosis of Bacterial and Fungal Onion Pathogens, James Woodhall, U of I
11:15 a.m. Management of Fusarium Basal Rot of Onion, Lindsey du Toit, WSU Mt. Vernon NWREC
11:45 a.m. Regionally Appropriate Fungicide Programs for Common Pathogens Lindsey du Toit, WSU Mt. Vernon NWREC
12:15 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Onion SCRI Project Update, Hanu Pappu, WSU
2 p.m. Thrips Management of Onions, Stuart Reitz, OSU
2:30 p.m. Break - Trade Show
3:15 p.m. Nematode Sampling and Control in Onions, Russ Ingham, OSU
3:45 p.m. Bacterial Pathogens of Onions, How to Mitigate Disasters, Bhabesh Dutta, U of G
4:15 p.m. Columbia Basin Onion Research Committee Update: Current and Future Research Projects

Day 1 Wednesday, Nov. 14
Credits: WA/TBA, OR-3, ID-5
General Vegetable Session
8:30 a.m. Integrated Management of Diseases on Tomato, Beth Gugino, Pennsylvania State University 
9 a.m. Utilizing Drip Irrigation in Vegetable Crops, Dr. Scott Lukas, OSU-HAREC
9:30 a.m. Early Season Diseases and Pests of Sweet Corn in the Columbia Basin, Dr. Lindsey du Toit, WSU Mt. Vernon NWREC
10 a.m. Break - Trade Show
10:45 a.m. Melons and Watermelon Production in the PNW, Dr. Alan Schreiber, Ag Development Group
11:15 a.m. The Symptoms and Management of Bacterial and Fungal Diseases on Cucurbits, Dr. Lydia Tymon, WSU Mt. Vernon NWRE
11:45 a.m. Optimizing Watermelon Grafting, Pinki Devi and Abigail Attavar, WSU Mt. Vernon NWREC
12:15 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture, Laurie McKenzie, Organic Seed Alliance
2 p.m. Quinoa Cropping Systems: Varieties, Pests and Soil Management, Dr. Kristine Buckland, OSU
2:30 p.m. Break - Trade Show
3:15 p.m. Navigating the Smokey Haze – Impacts of Air Pollution on Vegetable Crops, Dr. Carrie Wohleb, WSU
3:45 p.m. A Proposed New N Management Approach for Sugar Beet, Dr. David Tarkalson,USDA/ARS
4:15 p.m. Biodegradable Plastic Mulches for Profitability in Agricultural Applications, Suzette Galinato and Kuan-Ju Chen, WSU
4:45 p.m. Trade Show Social

REGISTRATION OPEN at 7:30 a.m.
Day 2 Thursday, Nov. 15
Credits: WA/TBA, OR-5, ID-4
Pest Management Session
8 a.m. Art and Science of Collecting Residue Samples, Dr. Bill Cobb, Cobb Consulting
8:30 a.m. Legume Diseases, Dr. Lyndon Porter, USDA
9 a.m. Diagnosing Vegetable Problems, Maryna Serdani, OSU; James Woodhall, U of ID; Rachel Bomberger, WSU
10 a.m. Break – Trade Show
10:30 a.m. Impact of Fungicides on Plant Health, Dr. Lindsey du Toit, WSU Mt. Vernon NWREC
11 a.m. New Insect Threats, Dr. Tim Waters, WSU
11:30 a.m. Controlling Yellow Nutsedge, Dr. Joel Felix, OSU
12 p.m. Pesticide Impact on Soil Microbes, Dr. Robert Kremer, University of Missouri
12:30 p.m. Pesticide Update, Dr. Alan Schreiber, Ag Development Group
1 p.m. Conference Adjournment

Day 2 Thursday, Nov. 15
Credits: WA/TBA, OR-1, ID-4
Organic Session
8 a.m. Welcome
8:05 a.m. Efficacy Update of Organic Products, Dr. Alan Schreiber, Ag Development Group
8:35 a.m. Bee Better Certification, Cameron Newell, Xerces Society
9:05 a.m. Complexities and Synergies in Large-Scale Conventional and Organic Agriculture in Washington, Dr. Lindsey du Toit, WSU Mt. Vernon NWREC
9:35 a.m. Organic and Conventional Systems; A Soil Microbial View, Dr. Robert Kremer, University of Missouri
10 a.m. Break – Trade Show
10:30 a.m. Biopesticides in Soil, Dr. Robert Kremer, University of Missouri
11 a.m. Update on Organic Standards and Requirements, Brenda Book, WSDA
11:30 a.m. IPM in Organic Agriculture, Alison Kutz, Sound Horticulture
12 a.m. Record Keeping for Organic Certification: Tips, Tricks and Questions Answered, Drew Katz, Oregon Tilth
12:30 p.m. Conference Adjournment

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