The second annual Deep South Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Conference and Trade Show will be held in Mobile, Dec. 3-5. Southeast Farm Press and Delta Farm Press are sponsors of the 2003 conference.

Last year's meeting in Biloxi, Miss., marked the first time hundreds of farmers from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas joined together for a regional fruit and vegetable meeting. Alabama is hosting this year's conference at the Adams Mark Hotel in Mobile.

Along with extensive programs covering fruit crops, blueberries, vegetables, citrus, organic fruit and vegetable production, specialty fruits and vegetables, labor, and marketing, there will be a session on peach production and a pre-conference workshop and tour on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on budding and grafting.

Following registration and a general session on Wednesday, Dec. 3, concurrent sessions on Thursday will cover blueberry production, peach production, vegetable production, organic production and citrus production. Most of these sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m.

Of particular interest to Southeast and Delta producers will be the vegetable production session, featuring the following topics: “Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Application Techniques;” “Diseases of Vegetable Crops;” “Healthy Soil Microbiology;” “Sanda for Controlling Purple and Yellow Nutsedge in Selected Vegetable Crops;” “Fertigation of Vegetable Crops - The Do's and Don'ts;” “New Variety Preview; Seedless Watermelons - More Popular Than Ever:” “What to Grow and How to Grow Them: Planting Date, Irrigation and Cultivar Affect on the Yields of Lima Beans;”

“Monitoring Water Movement in Mulched Beds with Dye;” “Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower Production;” “Greens Production;” and “Special Marketing Efforts for Vegetables.”

A new grower's session will feature a how-to session for those interested in getting into the vegetable business, and a first-hand account of being new to the business from a Mississippi tomato producer.

In addition to fruit and vegetable production sessions, several tours and special events are being offered as part of this year's Deep South Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Conference and Trade Show.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference, please contact Guy Feltenstein at (601) 483-3451.

For more information about the conference, call Joe Kemble at (334) 844-3050 or visit the website: http://www2.netdoor.com/~mfvga.

e-mail: dmuzzi@primediabusiness.com