AgriLife helps Texas tomato producers make better connections through grafting

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

A team of Texas A&M AgriLife researchers and horticulturists are investigating how successful integration of vegetable grafting into current tomato production practices could present new opportunities for the Texas tomato industry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistical Service reported just over 2,100 acres in Texas were used for tomato production in 2012 and gave an estimated crop value of $4.9 million in 2015. Continue reading

Tomato trials show fertilization, grafting are keys to success

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

Statewide tomato trials revealed a fertilization program can help plants reach their production potential, in some locations over 30 pounds of fruit per plant, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

Dr. Joe Masabni, an AgriLife Extension small-acreage horticulturist in Overton, has concluded his 2017 tomato trial investigating grafted versus non-grafted plants and fertilization programs pertaining to yields. Continue reading

National specialty crop project explores new possibilities for grafted tomato and cucurbit plants

Five years ago, a North Carolina State University-led specialty crop project helped several U.S. growers use grafted tomato plants to return land plagued by bacterial wilt to production. The project paired needy growers with companies such as Ontario Plant Propagators that supplied grafted plants. Now NC State researchers are leading a new project that promises to find ways that grafted plants can give growers more choices to manage diseases and add value to their cucurbit and tomato crops. Continue reading

University of Florida is using vegetable grafting to manage diseases in crops

by Jose Perez, University of Florida

Grafting has been used for thousands of years to propagate and improve tree crops.   For vegetable crops this technique is relatively new. Use of grafting for disease management in vegetable production was first introduced about 90 years ago in watermelon to help manage fusarium wilt, said Dr. Xin Zhao, an Associate Professor at the Horticultural Sciences Department of the University of Florida. Vegetable grafting has been used extensively in Asian countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea; primarily employed to help manage soilborne diseases in intensive cultivation systems. Continue reading

UK Robinson Center Mountain Monday Series offers grafting workshop

By Aimee Nielsen, University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability is hosting a fruit tree grafting workshop at its next installment of the Mountain Monday Series Feb. 22.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. EST at the center’s auditorium in Quicksand. UK fruit and vegetable extension specialist John Strang will lead the workshop. Strang has been working with Kentucky fruit and vegetable growers for many years in his role in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He helps growers establish new operations and advises them on some of the latest crop production practices and pest control alternatives. Continue reading

Symposium in Savannah will highlight benefits of grafting for vegetables

The 3rd National Vegetable Grafting Symposium: “Growing New Roots for the Vegetable Industry in the U.S.” will be Jan. 8, 2015 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

The symposium will feature presentations on propagation technology, decision making, grafting uses in season extension as well as successes and challenges from researchers, growers and industry members from the U.S. and around the world. Exhibitors will also be present that will be providing product and service information.

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Hands-on Plant Grafting Workshop

On January 16, 2015, the South Carolina Watermelon Association (SCWA), SCDA, and Clemson University will host a hands-on plant grafting workshop.  The workshop will be held at the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel, 924 Senate St., Columbia, SC from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Continue reading