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Virtual Tomato Field Day 2020

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Welcome to the Virtual Tomato Field Day for 2020, presented by the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC.

As everyone is likely aware, the current situation prohibits public activities that we normally look forward to at this time of year. But that has not diminished the efforts that have gone into the research taking place here at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, and it’s our hope that this “virtual” field day will give you some idea of the work that continues to go into the various tomato-related research projects.

This year, typical tomato field day activities, such as plot tours, in-field presentations, displays, taste-tests, etc., could not take place. Instead, the project leaders for the various tomato-related programs, as well as food-safety training coordinators with N.C. Cooperative Extension and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, have produced videos describing the work that they are involved in this year. The links below are provided for you to access these videos at your convenience.

We look forward to the next Tomato Field Day when everyone can join us at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center. Thank you.


Welcome and introduction to Tomato Field Day 2020, by Jeff Chandler, Director of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center:


Dilip Panthee Ph.D., NC State University Department of Horticultural Science professor and tomato breeder, discusses his tomato variety breeding trials and his work on breeding disease resistance into tomatoes:


Inga Meadows, Plant Pathology Extension Associate specializing in vegetable crop diseases, discusses disease management in tomatoes:


Reza Shekasteband Ph.D., NC State University Department of Horticultural Science Research Scholar, discusses his tomato breeding program:


Jim Walgenbach Ph.D., NC State University Department of Entomology Professor, discusses insect pest management in tomatoes:


Elena Rogers and Lynette Johnston, Cooperative Extension Area Specialized Agents for Food Safety in Fresh Produce, discuss the latest Food Produce Safety updates and resources (you can download posters with information for workers addressing produce safety practices by clicking this link):

English version:

En Español:


Sarah Cope, Outreach Coordinator with NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division, shares information about the North Carolina Produce Safety Program: