September 05, 2008

Pumpkin field day set for Sept. 11

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- University researchers and extension specialists will talk about pumpkin production in general and ongoing field research in particular at a free field day Thursday, Sept. 11, hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale at its Belleville Research Center. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., tours and talks start at 10 a.m. A free lunch follows at 12:30 p.m.

Growers can find out how different varieties stack up, learn about using no-till and cover crops in producing pumpkins, pick up some tips on pollination, pest management and disease control and get a little information about managing the fruit after harvest.

The research center is located on Illinois Route 161 near Scott Air Force Base's south gate. For more information, e-mail Alan Walters at or call him at 618/453-3446.