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Grafted Tomato Virtual Workshop: Research Updates for Commercial Growers


Author: Shane Bugeja, Extension Educator, Blue Earth/Le Sueur Counties,

The University of Minnesota Extension will host a free, virtual program focusing on grafted tomatoes and their effects on production and nutrient management. All commercial horticulture producers are welcome to attend.

Grafted tomatoes have been mentioned as a solution to many issues that pose challenges to farmers. What does the research say, and how can one use these plants in their operation?

Speakers include Dr. Ajay Nair, Iowa State Extension Vegetable Specialist. Dr. Nair will list specific rootstocks and scions, discuss grafting techniques, and highlight findings from Iowa State.

Charlie Rohwer, UMN Horticultural Scientist, and Shane Bugeja, Local Extension Educator, will present Minnesota-specific data regarding grafted tomatoes, interactions with starter fertilizer, and grafted tomato effects on phosphorus management. This study was funded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant.

The event will be hosted on Zoom, and will take place on August 17, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required for attendance, please visit and reserve your spot.

Any questions can be referred to Shane Bugeja via email at or by phone at 507-304-4143.

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