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Tomato grafting workshop in Springfield on Friday, Nov. 14

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Grafting a desirable tomato to a disease-resistant stalk isn't difficult.

Grafting a desirable tomato to a disease-resistant stalk isn’t difficult.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Grafting vegetables to manage soilborne disease is a simple process . University of Missouri Extension will offer a popular workshop on tomato grafting from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.

“Researchers around the world have demonstrated that grafting can be effective against a variety of soil borne diseases and pests with increased yield potential,” says Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension, who teach the class along with David Middleton, a farm outreach specialist with the Innovative Small Farm Outreach Program at Lincoln University.

Attendees can practice tomato grafting techniques during the hands-on portion of the presentation. The instructors will provide all supplies and rootstocks and scions for the class. Others topics covered as part of this class include selecting rootstocks, growing rootstocks and scions, the grafting process, postoperative healing and tomato production using grafting plants.

Enrollment deadline is Nov. 14. Because materials and class size are limited, register by contacting the Greene County Extension Office at 417- 881-8909 or downloading the enrollment online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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