Horticulture events near

Horticulture events near

By K.C. Jaehnig, SIU Media & Communications Specialist

CARBONDALE—Less than a week remains for farmers growing grapes, tree crops and vegetables to sign up for a two-day program tailored to their needs and interests.

Set for Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28, the event will take place near Barry in Pike County. While growers who don’t sign up beforehand can still attend, they’ll get a price break by pre-registering.

Those who enroll by June 23 will pay $25 for Friday’s session and $30 for Saturday’s session ($25 for each additional person attending Saturday). On June 27, the cost goes up to $35 for Friday and $40 for Saturday ($35 for additional Saturday participants).

Friday’s session begins at 2 p.m. at the Collver Family Winery south of Interstate 72 (Exit 20), with tours of the winery, Bellview Vineyard and Pea Ridge Elk Farm. Dinner-hour presentations focus on the importance of horticultural crops to the state and on industry needs. Cider contest awards also will be handed out.

Saturday’s session, which runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., begins with coffee at Apple Basket Farms, north of Interstate 72 (Exit 20). Speakers will talk about disease and insect problems, herbicide resistance, sprayer calibration, grape and apple varieties, vineyard practices, agri-tourism, the senior farmers market nutrition program and other topics. The day includes lunch, served with a selection of Illinois wines, exhibits and tours of both Rolling Hills Vineyard and Apple Basket Orchard.

Pre-register online at http://www.dce.siu.edu/conferences/030521horticulture.htm or by telephone at 618/536-7751. Send e-mail queries to dcereg@siu.edu.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale with the Illinois Grape and Wine Resources Council, Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, Illinois State Horticulture Society, University of Illinois and Illinois Department of Agriculture are organizing and sponsoring the event.

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