MU Extension offers webinar series on fruit production

Leo Perez, center, Oklahoma State University Extension educator, special projects, helps senior residents in Haskell, Oklahoma, select locally grown fruits and vegetables during the downtown Mobile Market. (Photo by Mitchell Alcala, Oklahoma State University Agriculture.)

University of Missouri Extension offers a six-part webinar series on the production of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, elderberries and specialty berries. The classes will stream 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 30 to March 5.

Attendees also will receive access to previously recorded classes on fruit production. Topics include site selection and planting, fertility management, weed management, insect and disease management, marketing, and economics of fruit production.

MU Extension horticulturist Justin Keay suggests that attendees participate in the live crop-specific classes and then view the previously recorded topics on their own time.

Scholarships are available to beginning farmers in the counties of St. Charles, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin, Warren, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois and Washington as well as the city and county of St. Louis. Farmers are notified of scholarship upon completing registration.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link and access to view previously recorded classes on the morning of the first class.

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For more information, call MU Extension in Pike County at 573-324-5464.

Scholarships are possible through grants from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher and Veteran Farmer and Rancher programs.