Webinars highlight curly top, nutrition for fresh-market tomatoes

08/27/2012 02:19:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Courtesy California Department of Food and AgricultureCurly top virus, spread by the beet leafhopper, can stunt tomato plants (right).Focus on Tomato has released two free educational webinars—"Curly Top Disease of Tomato" and "Nutrient Management of Fresh Market Tomatoes."

The curly top session is narrated by Bill Wintermantel, a research plant pathologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in Salinas, Calif., according to a news release.

He will discuss the disease's biology, transmission, insect vectors, epidemiology and management.

The nutritional program is narrated by Josh Freeman, an assistant horticulture professor at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg.

He will cover providing tomato plants with the proper nutrient at the correct time.

Freeman also will discuss the effects that moisture has on nutrient uptake and use.

Both sessions will be available until Nov. 30.

You also can view previous webinars on the Focus on Totato website.

Focus on Tomato is produced by the Plant Management Network, a collaborative effort of the American Society of Agronomy, American Phytopathological Society and Crop Science Society of America.

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