Workshop to focus on sweet potatoes


The University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will offer a special workshop on sweet potato production from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Aupuni Center conference room at 101 Pauahi St. in Hilo. To RSVP, please call Didi or Perci at 887-6183 or email mddiaz@hawaii.edu.

Effectively managing risk is important to all agricultural producers. This workshop will provide fresh produce growers with new approaches for managing risk through the use of sustainable agriculture farming strategies and reduced pesticide use focusing on using locally available inputs and conservation practices. Special focus on sweet potato production includes evaluation of different cultivars, post-harvest treatments, and pest identification.

The following topics will be presented: “Sustainable pest management strategies using insectary settings for insect pest management and solarization mulch for weed control,” by Koon-Hui Wang and Jane Tavares, UHM-CTAHR; “Nitrate release dynamic from four organic fertilizers: A lab mineralization study,” by Amjad A. Ahmad, Theodore Radovich and Nguyen V. Hue of UHM-CTAHR; “Beneficial use of locally produced inputs for plant growth, crop quality and soil biological activity,” by Archana Pant and Theodore Radovich, UHM-CTAHR; “How to turn food waste into Bokashi,” by Ashley Goo of Earth’s MicroMiracles LLC; “Nematode management with organic approaches,” by Koon-Hui Wang, UHM-CTAHR; “Post-harvest of sweet potato,” by Marisa Hall of the USDA’s Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo; “Evaluation of 60 sweet potato varieties for yield and pest resistance,” Susan Miyasaka, UHM-CTAHR; and “Insect pests of sweet potato,” by Peter Follett of the Pacific Basin ARC.

 

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