2004 Spinach Conference

HOSTED BY: Texas A&M University, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Extension Vegetable Crops Group
DATES: December 15 – 17, 2004
LOCATION: Omni Hotel
San Antonio, TX
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone who has responsibility for research and development, production, marketing and distribution, pest control and/or has a general interest and would like to expand their knowledge base for this crop.
Dr. Larry Stein
Dr. Frank J. Dainello
REGISTRATION: Pictures from the 2004 Conference


Weather conditions in San Antonio are generally mild with sunny to partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 35° – ­60°  F range. San Antonio is located approximately 80 miles East North East of the Texas Winter Garden region. The Winter Garden is the major spinach production region in Texas. The area has both fresh market and processing acreage. Spinach is normally begins in late September to mid-October. The harvest season begins around mid-November and extends into late March.The conference is structured to provide the highlight the latest information available on the production, genetic developments, physiology, and marketing of spinach. The targeted audiences are scientists, producers, processors, shippers, and agri-businessmen involved in the US spinach industry.The conference will begin with a welcome reception and fajita bar-be-cue on Wednesday December 15. The reception will be held in the Omni Hotel beginning at 5:30 PM until. The coast of the reception is included in the registration fee. Formal papers on a number of topics will be presented on Thursday, December 16. An optional diner at a restaurant near the San Antonio River Walk will be available for those who are interested in experiencing a little of the San Antonio TexMex atmosphere.A tour the Texas Winter Garden spinach production area will be conducted on Friday, December 17. Stops will include the Del Monte Foods research farm to visit white rust screening nurseries, fungicide evaluations and other on-going research plots; fresh market mechanical harvesting, and, other processing operations that will be available at that time.Hope you will mark your calendar now to join us in beautiful San Antonio.


December 15:
5:30 PM Welcome Reception and Barbecue
December 16:
7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome – Ed Ritchie, President Winter Garden Spinach Producers’ Board, Al Wagner, Assoc. Dept. Head, Dept. Hort. TAMU
8:40 U. S. Spinach Production, Consumption and Marketing Trends –
Jose G. Pena, Extension Agricultural Economist, Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center @ Uvalde
9:00 SPINACH – Marketing and Publicity
Burgundy L. Olivier, Author – i love SPINACH cookbook
9:20 Breeding for White Rust Resistance in Spinach –
* T. E. Morelock and J. C. Correll, Spinach Breeder and Plant Pathologist, respectively, University of Arkansas
9:40 Ramifications of Screening Spinach Varieties for Thirty Years –
Frank Dainello, Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist, Texas A&M University
10:00 Break
10:30 Update on Downy Mildew of Spinach in the U. S. and Europe –
* J. C. Correll, B. M. Irish, S. T. Koike and T. E. Morelock, Plant Pathologist, Graduate Student, University of Arkansas, Plant Pathologist, University of California, and Spinach Breeder, University of Arkansas, respectively
10:45 Molecular Marker Identification for Downy Mildew Resistance –
*B. M. Irish, J. C. Correll and T. E. Morelock, Graduate Student, Plant Pathologist and Spinach Breeder, University of Arkansas, respectively
11:05 Genetic and Molecular Characterization of Verticillium from Spinach – A.N Tomlinson, J.C. Correll and L.J. du Tort
11:20 Validation and Implementation of a Weather-based Spray Advisory Program for White Rust of Spinach – Mbisin Diagne and
Kathryne L. Everts, Former Graduate Student and Plant Pathologist University of Maryland
11:40 Screening Fungicides for Efficacy Against White Rust –
* L. Stein, F. Dainello, E. Cox, M. Valdez, Kenneth White, J. Lopez, B. Easterling, A. Phillips and A. Mize, Extension Horticulturist,Vegetable Crops Specialist, Extension Assistant, CEAs, Zavala, Uvalde and Frio Counties, and Del Monte Foods, respectively
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 Spinach Curly Top Virus: A New Curtovirus Species Revealing a History of Recombination Among Curtoviruses –S. Baliji, M. C. Black, R. French, D. Stenger and *Garry Sunter
1:20 2004 Herbicide Evaluations for Texas Grown Spinach –* Russ Wallace and A. Phillips, Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist, TAMU AREC @ Lubbock and Research Coordinator Del Monte Food – Crystal City, TX.
1:40 Herbicide Carryover Resulting in Injury to Spinach and Fall Greens
* Colleen Thomas and R. E. Talbert, Graduate Student and Weed Scientist, University of Arkansas
2:00 Tolerance of Some Spinach Cultivars to Raptor Herbicide-
* N. R. Burgos,T. E. Morelock, D. Motes, S. Eaton and L. Martin, Weed Scientist, Spinach Breeder, University of Arkansas, Farm Superintendent and Program Associates, respectively. AAES at Kibler
2:20 Break
3:00 High Density Spinach Variety Trials in Western Oklahoma –
Lynn Brandenberger, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Oklahoma State University
3:20 Altering Calcium Bioavailability in Spinach –
Kendall Hirschi, Human and Molecular Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
3:40 Flavanoid Content and Antioxidant Capacities of Selected Spinach Genotypes – Luke Howard, Food Scientist, University of Arkansas
4:00 Tosca Ltd.- Container Pooling in the Spinach Industry – * Charity Schneider and Mike Fechter, Tosca Ltd.
4:20 Innovations in Spinach Harvesting by Ramsay Highlander –
Frank Maconachy, Ramsay Highlander
4:40 Wrap-up, announcements, Adjourn
December 17: Tour of the Wintergarden Spinach Production Area
(Lunch will be provided)
7:30 Depart hotel
5:00 Return hotel

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