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Field day at Vidalia onion research farm June 21
University of Georgia

Melons, pumpkins, peppers and tomatoes will take the spotlight in a twilight summer field day June 21 at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center.

The field day will start with supper at 6 p.m. at the research center on Georgia highways 178 and 47 near Reidsville, Ga. Visits to the field plots will follow.

The research under way at the center include:

  • Variety trials and pollenizer and fruit blotch studies on watermelons.
  • Variety development and a storage study on pumpkins and a seed increase on the new "Orange Bulldog" pumpkin variety.
  • Variety trials on tomatoes and cantaloupes.
  • A shade study on peppers and tomatoes.
Immediately after the field day, the organic Vidalia onion working group will have a short meeting. The discussion will focus on plans for a fall field day and an overview of this year's organic onion crop.

To learn more about the field day and directions to the research center, call horticulturist George Boyhan at (912) 682-3481 or superintendent Randy Hill at (912) 565-7822.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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