Sweet Corn Management Schools Offered
Jim Jasinski, Ohio State University IPM Program, is offering a sweet corn management school at two different locations in Ohio. In Ohio, sweet corn is consistently the number one fresh market vegetable in acres produced, so get ready to knock the rust off your sweet corn management skills by attending one our early summer workshops! The OSU Extension Vegetable Team, IPM Program, and USDA Wildlife Services have teamed up to bring growers two sweet corn management schools in southwest and northcentral Ohio. The first school will be held at the OARDC Western Ag Research Station in South Charleston on June 16, and the second will be held at the OARDC North Central Ag Research Station in Fremont on June 18. By holding the schools early in the season, growers should be able to put into practice some of the knowledge they acquire.
Both schools will offer a similar program of basic topics in the morning and advanced topics in the afternoon session. In addition to the presentations, two new resources will be given to each attendee, a Sweet Corn Pest Identification and Management pocket guide and a DVD of nine regional specialists presenting at the 2008 Great Lakes Expo (published 2008). Lunch will be provided on site, followed by a field visit to station demonstration plots including a small Stewart’s wilt and herbicide screen, plus the use of row covers and transplants in production.
Basic topics for the morning session will include producing early sweet corn and stand establishment tips, fertility requirements, adjusting your spray schedule according to corn earworm moth pheromone trap catches, and understanding how hybrid selection can impact Stewart’s wilt, worm infestation, and rust. The morning session will finish out with how to control specific weeds and major factors that affect yield and quality.
Advanced topics for the afternoon start off with identification of common worms in sweet corn and expanding trapping programs to include fall armyworm and European corn borer, herbicide carryover concerns and varietal sensitivity, and lastly, raccoon and black bird management options.
Growers can sign up for the whole day at either location, or select just the basic or advanced sessions. Both PAT and CCA credits are being requested for these presentations. Space is limited for each school to the first 35 registrants. For more program details and to register for either school, visit http://champaign.osu.edu/ipm.htm. Contact Jim Jasinski, OSU Extension at 937-484-1526 or Jasinski.email@example.com if you have specific questions about either sweet corn management school.