Jude Boucher, Commercial Vegetable Crops Educator, UConn Extension
Jude’s teaching expertise in the areas of integrated pest management (IPM), sustainable agriculture, entomology, plant pathology, vegetable production, reduced-tillage. He is the coordinator of the Full season Vegetable Crops IPM Training Program, coordinating weekly or bi-weekly on-farm trainings. He received his B.S. in Entomology from University of New Hampshire(1979), M.S. in Entomology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute(1986), and his Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Connecticut(2003).
Robert Durgy, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Rob has been the Farm Supervisor for the CT Agricultural Experiment Station at the Griswold Research Center in Griswold, CT since 2008. The farm is a field station for scientists to conduct experiments on agricultural, horticultural and forestry crops. Previously Rob worked for 12 years for the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System, the last four managing the Plant Diagnostic Lab. Research studies have concentrated on field corn and vegetable production including pest and weed management, soil fertility and organic production practices.
This course will focus on the basics for soil testing and soil health, cover crops, choosing crops to grow, field preparation, season extension, an equipment wish list, marketing, weed management options, diagnostics for plant problems, disease management, insect management and pesticide application. We will cover some annual pest problems for several common vegetable crops.
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This project is sponsored by the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Award #2016-70017-25416