Faculty from the Chongquing Academy of Agricultural Research visited the Fruit Experiment Station yesterday, Monday, November 9. Drs. Wenping Qiu and Chin-Feng Hwang participated in the event and helped interpret information for the group. Gary Dau, International Coordinator for University of Missouri, let the group who toured the genomics lab, greenhouses, the field and research area and the winery distillery.
Photos will be uploaded shortly (as soon as my work computer is back online!)
If I have a nickle for every time Jeremy Emery (one of our two Field Supervisors) asked me when we are going to quit harvesting the high tunnel raspberries . . .
Crimson King is the latest bearing cultivar in our raspberries in grow bags trial with the majority of the crop ripening in November. The good news is that we sprayed pesticides for spotted wing drosophila control until the end of September, but have not seen any larvae in sound fruit using salt water tests since then. We did not apply any pesticides in October and do not see any signs of the pest in this late season harvest period.
Pam Turner brought in the branch of a flowering shrub for identification. I had not seen it before so we sent a photo to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Chip Tynan – manager of the garden’s Horticultural Answer Service – informed us that the specimen was a THORNLESS form of Lycium chinense – the goji or wolfberry! Pam brought a specimen with the fruit on Monday. Here are photos of the flower and the fruit.
We planted a row of red maple – Acer rubrum – cultivars in fall of 1999. I took photos of each tree on October 20, 2015 to catch the fall color. Of course, some were at peak, some a bit past and some a bit before, but you can get the idea of the range of colors from the photos. Armstrong may be stressed, so it may not be a good representation.
Dr. Kim Jong-Sook and 21 students and growers from the Korea National College of Agriculture and Fisheries visited the State Fruit Experiment Station for a lecture on Missouri Grapes followed by a tour of the MSU Winery and Distillery. Mr. Harold Chung of C&T tours served as guide and interpreter. Tomorrow is the last day of their week-long tour of Missouri.