Tomato and Vegetable Field Day at Research Station in Mills River

— Written By and last updated by Cloe Nichols
busy field day scene

Photo by Steve Schoof

Annual Tomato and Vegetable Field Day

Date and Time:Thursday, August 8, 2013 starting at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station, 74 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759.
For More Information: Contact Jeanine Davis at Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.eduor 828-684-3562

Western North Carolina is well known for producing high quality tomatoes, sweet corn, cucumbers, peppers, and other vegetables. Agricultural scientists with NC State University provide support to these growers by developing new varieties and researching the best practices to grow safe, nutritious vegetables that can yield a profit for the farmer while protecting our mountain soil and water. To help diversify agriculture in the region, they are also exploring potential new crops such as hops for the craft breweries and medicinal herbs for the natural products industry. The field day will open with a trade show, tomato taste test, and registration. Participants will then tour the research station on event trailers (with comfortable seats and protection from the sun). The event will conclude with a pig pickin’ at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Julian (about 10 minutes away). The field day will take place regardless of the weather, so dress accordingly. This is a free event sponsored by NC State University, the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the NC Tomato Growers Association, and the industry.

Directions to the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station: From I-40 in Asheville, take I-26 South (Exit 46). Travel approximately 9 miles to Hwy 280 (Exit 40). Follow Hwy 280 South approximately 2 miles to Ferncliff Park Drive on the right. Turn right onto Ferncliff Park Drive (used to be Old Fanning Bridge Rd.). At the entrance to Ferncliff Park, turn left onto Old Fanning Bridge Road. Cross the river and turn right onto Research Drive. IF THERE IS A ROAD CLOSED SIGN AT FERNCLIFF PARK DR., FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW.

Revised temporary directions to the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station: Construction of the Sierra Nevada Brewery near our facilities resulted in a temporary road closure. Old Fanning Bridge Road at Hwy NC-280 has been renamed to Ferncliff Park Drive. If that road is still closed on the Hwy NC-280 side at the time of the field day, people coming in from I-26 should follow these directions: continue south on Hwy NC-280 past Ferncliff Park Drive. At the third light, turn right on Hwy NC-191 (Old Haywood Road). Go several miles and turn right on Old Fanning Bridge Road.

Research Stops:
    Incidence and Persistence of Salmonella & Escherichia coli in Environmental Samples from North Carolina Tomato Production Systems

  • Tomato Taste Test: Ensuring Good Flavor in New Varieties
  • Sweet Corn Yields from a Long Term Tillage & Production Management Experiment
  • Effects of Organic and Conventional Production Systems under Conservation and Conventional Tillage on Water Quality
  • Examining the Feasibility of Hops as a New Crop for Western North Carolina: A Variety Trial
  • Seed Source Effects on the Growth, Yield and Biochemical Composition of the Medicinal Herbs Echinacea purpurea and E. angustifolia
  • Evaluating Fungicides for the Management of Early Blight, Late Blight, and Phytophthora Blight
  • Tomato Variety Replicated Trials 2013
  • Comparison of Foliar versus Drip Irrigation Application of Insecticides on Pepper and Cucumber
  • Tomato Insecticide and Miticide Trial
  • Cucurbit Downy Mildew: Prepare, Predict, Prevent
  • NC Comments on Proposed Produce Safety Rules