Pumpkin Field Day to be Held at Ewing Demonstration Center

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Pumpkins are a huge part of the specialty crop industry in Illinois and the Midwest. Those who want to learn more about raising pumpkins or get the latest information on new varieties and pest management practices should make sure to attend the annual Pumpkin Field Day hosted by the University of Illinois Extension.
The 2018 Pumpkin Field Day will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. in southern Illinois at the Ewing Demonstration Center located at 16132 N. Ewing Rd. in Ewing (about 20 minutes south of Mt. Vernon).
Registration will open at 9 a.m., with a welcome starting at 10 a.m.
During the course of the day, U of I Extension specialists and educators will discuss a range of pumpkin production topics including: variety selection, disease and weed management, marketing, and overall crop management. A pumpkin variety trial with 75 different cultivars has been established, as well as field demonstration plots to accompany each of the presentations.
This year’s event will also feature an ornamental miniature popcorn variety trial to complement the pumpkin trials. Laura Ingwell, an entomologist at Purdue University, will provide information on insect pest management and pollinator stewardship in pumpkins. There will also be a small trade show with vendors from the seed and crop protection industry to meet with as well.
From I-57, take exit 77 IL 154/Sesser. Head east on IL 154 to IL 37. Turn left (north) on IL 37 for about 3/4 of a mile and turn right on Ewing Rd. Take this approximately 3 miles to Ewing and turn left on Main St. (N Ewing Rd.) in Ewing. Travel about 1/2 mile and the road to the Ewing Demonstration Center will be on the right. Look for signs.
The 2018 Pumpkin Field Day is free to the public and lunch will be provided. Registration is required by Friday, Aug. 31. Register online at https://go.illinois.edu/pumpkinday2018 or by calling 618-687-1727.


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