January ag breakfast features speaker Dr. Sanjun Gu

Published 6:39 pm Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dr. Sanjun Gu is observing a crop of tomatoes grown in a high tunnel system. (photo submitted)

Dr. Sanjun Gu is observing a crop of tomatoes grown in a high tunnel system. (photo submitted)

This month’s ag breakfast will feature a special presentation on season extension in vegetable crops.
What is season extension?
Season extension allows for both earlier vegetable and small fruit production in early spring and later vegetable production in late autumn. In some instances fresh local produce is grown into the winter months.
The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 7 a.m.
Dr. Sanjun Gu is the guest speaker for the program. Gu earned his bachelor of science degree in horticulture from Shandong Agricultural University (China), a master’s degree in plant tissue culture, breeding and genetics from China Agricultural University and a doctorate in horticulture and forestry from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Dr. Gu is currently a horticulture specialist at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.
At the present time this NC horticulture specialist’s work is focused on vegetable grafting and season extension.
Dr. Gu works with small farmers and farmers with limited resources. His program goals are to increase on-farm efficiency and profitability for both organic and conventional growers using environmentally sustainable practices.
The ag breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The program starts at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast is held at the 4-H Center at 135 Locust Street near downtown Columbus. The public is invited. The Polk County Ag Development Office sponsors the breakfast with support from the community.
– article submitted
by Sarah Gottfried

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