The field day will include a presentation on the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) project by Dr. Phil Simon of USDA ARS and University of Wisconsin – Madison. CIOA is a collaborative breeding project that addresses the needs of organic carrot farmers. The project focuses on developing orange and novel colored carrots with improved disease and nematode resistance, improved weed competitiveness, and improved nutritional value and flavor.
The event will also include a field tour of research plots at the Washington State University Extension Research Farm. The field tour will include research on: spider mite control of sweet corn, fungicide seed treatments on sweet corn, plant population studies on sweet corn, insect control on potatoes, and onion thrips control on onions.
The field day will be held at the Washington State University Extension Research Farm located at 2280 N. Rd. 80 in Pasco, Washington (see map below) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014. The event is free and open to the public.
Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Field Day
• When: Friday, August 15, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• Cost: Free and open to the public
• Location: WSU Extension Research Farm, 2280 N. Rd. 80, Pasco, WA 99301
• Register: Pre-registration is not required
Contact Tim Waters by email or at (509) 545-3511 with any questions or for more information about the event.
This project is funded through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and is coordinated by University of Wisconsin – Madison in partnership with Organic Seed Alliance, Washington State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Purdue University, University of California – Riverside, and University of California Cooperative Extension.
Washington State University Extension Research Farm
2280 N. Rd. 80, Pasco, Washington 99301