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Mark Your Calendars!  

The annual field day at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit is June 1st!

Registration begins at 7:30 with biscuits and breakfast burritos!

The program begins at 8:15, and we have a great line-up of speakers this year!  

Topics will include:

New crape myrtle releases

Pest management

Floral Design

Edible Landscaping

and much, much more!

And you won’t want to miss Paul Cavanaugh and the PineBelt Master Gardeners’ Salad Table project!

No RSVP is necessary, and the program is FREE!

The Beaumont Horticultural Unit is located at 478 Hwy. 15N, Beaumont, MS  39423 (Perry Co.)

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Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day

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Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day

Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day

A joint presentation of Mississippi State University

and the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production

APRIL 4, 2017, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.

MAFES Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station

2024 experiment Station Rd.

Crystal Springs, MS 39056

 

Lunch provided by the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, including a strawberry tasting, but please call to be added to the lunch count (601-892-3731) or you may not get a chair or a chance to try some of those berries.

Activities will include classroom presentations on strawberry culture and management, and tools to extend vegetable and fruit growing seasons by several weeks in the spring and fall.

After lunch, we will go to the field to see the strawberries you tasted at lunch time, and we will see examples of mulches, row tunnels, low tunnels, insect barrier cloths, high tunnels and greenhouses. You can even try your hand at setting up some low tunnels, so bring your hat and boots.

This field day is supported by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture/USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program. We thank them for their support. The field day is jointly hosted by the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University Extension, and the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production.

Growing, Making, and Improving Wines Workshop

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Growing, Making, and Improving Wines Workshop

Growing, Making & Improving Wines Workshop 

October 21, 2016 

A.B. McKay Food Research & Enology Laboratory

 

Presented by

Drs. Eric Stafne & Juan L. Silva 

Mississippi State University

 

8:00 am               Registration

8:30 am               Introduction

9:00 am               Grape Varieties & other fruits 

Bunch grapes

Muscadines

Others: Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry

10:00 am             Vine Management techniques to improve wine quality 

10:30                    Break

10:45 am             Harvest 

11:15 am             Post-harvest management : sulfiting, temp/rh, rots/spoil

12:00                    LUNCH         

1:00 PM               Juice & Winemaking (class plus demo/lab) 

Factors that affect winemaking, Equipment

4:00 PM               Tasting 

                                    Wine & cheese

Discussion on future needs

Research, Regulations, Outreach

CLOSING REMARKS

Featured Speaker- Ellen Butz

Ellen Butz (Harkness) has worked with the wine industry in the Eastern United States since 1979. She is a microbiologist who spent most of her career working with the yeast and bacteria involved in wine production and teaching winemakers the fine art of pleasing the microbes—thus making fine wines. She recently retired from Purdue University after 15 years as Enology Specialist for the Indiana wine industry. Prior to this she was an Enology Extension Specialist at Mississippi State University (1984-1992). In 2007, she and Dr. Richard Vine established Vintage Winery Consultants to help new and established wineries determine their analytical and quality control needs, assemble the equipment, and train winemakers to be proficient QC managers. In 2010 she was awarded the American Society for Enology and Viticulture Merit Award. In her spare time Ellie makes “non-commercial” wines, grows grapes and teaches others to love the art of the vine.

765-412-7183
ellie@vintagewineryconsultants.com

601 S  925 W
West Lafayette, IN  47906

Proprietor, Eastern Wine Analysis Laboratory, 1982-1987

 

 

Directions:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//McKay+Food+Research+%26+Enology+Lab,+Starkville,+MS+39759/@33.47263,-88.8565947,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x8886cad497cc5963:0xdaae4e47d43f2c22!2m2!1d-88.7865536!2d33.4725065

Muscadine Field Day

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Muscadine Field Day

Mississippi State University will host the annual Muscadine Field Day Aug. 27 at the McNeill Research Unit.

Speakers from the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service will discuss muscadine cultivars, best production practices, and insects and diseases.

The field day is from 9-11 a.m. Preregistration is not required for the free event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The McNeill Research Unit is located at 7 Gill Road near Carriere. Take Exit 15 off I-59 and drive west to Highway 11 in McNeill. Drive south on Highway 11 for about 2 miles.

Small bags will be provided for sampling fruit. Other bags and containers will not be allowed for that purpose.

For more information, contact Eric Stafne, MSU Extension fruit crops specialist, at 601-403-8939.

MSU workshop teaches grape pruning basics

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MSU workshop teaches grape pruning basics

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites grape growers in the state to a pruning workshop to be held Feb. 3 in Beaumont.

The event will cover the basics of vine anatomy and pruning techniques for bunch grapes and muscadines. After the presentations, in-field demonstrations will show participants correct pruning techniques. Novice and seasoned growers are invited to attend.

The event will be held at the MSU Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Perry County from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no cost to attend, and no preregistration is required. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather expected, as part of the workshop will be spent outdoors.

The Beaumont Horticultural Unit is located at 478 Highway 15 in Beaumont. Contact Eric Stafne at 601-403-8939 or eric.stafne@msstate.edu for more information.

Perennial Specialty Crops

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Perennial Specialty Crops

We had a great turn out at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit’s annual field day last week!  We had a terrific program filled with lots of good information.  Today, I’d like to share a couple of handouts about perennial specialty crops.

Dr. Wayne Porter and myself received a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.  Our objective was to evaluate perennial crops in Mississippi.  Two of the crops we are looking at are asparagus and hops.  Below you will find handouts for each of these crops.  (A special thanks to Scott Langlois for his work with the hops project!)

 

BHU Field Day Perennial Crops

Beaumont Field Day 2014 Hops