Hands-on Workshops

90 minute sessions

(2 sessions: 1:30 – 3:00 pm & 3:00 – 4:30pm)

Postharvest Forensics: Diagnosing causes for rejected loads of fresh produce.  (Steve Sargent, Jeff Brecht, and Mark Ritenour)

  • Each session is designed for growers and handlers from roadside stand to major shipper levels. Participants will explore some of the most common reasons receivers reject loads of fresh produce via hands-on exercises at several stations in the classroom. They will learn the causes and solutions for quality losses related to farm- and packinghouse-level practices such as harvest operations, temperature management, sanitation, and mechanical damage. A special topic will present the potential for applying CRISPR gene-editing technology to reduce postharvest losses.

Vegetable Entomology (Hugh Smith)

  • Hands-on training in the identification of key pests of horticultural crops (whiteflies, spider mites, thrips and others) will be offered during a 75 minute training session in the Vegetable entomology laboratory, using hand lens, microscope and live specimens.

Vegetable & Small Fruit Pathology (Natalia Peres, Jim Mertely & Gary Vallad)

  • Hands-on training in the identification of key diseases of small fruit and vegetable crops will be offered during morning and afternoon training sessions (75 minutes each). Participants will learn to recognize key symptoms and signs associated with each disease.