Pumpkin Display Canceled, but Pumpkin Classes Continue

Pumpkins on the Vine
Whether you're growing pumpkins for the first time or wanting to improve your operation, the UT Institute of Agriculture's Pumpkin Field Day will provide useful information. It's Thursday, September 24, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. Pre-registration is encouraged. Photo by G. Rowsey​, copurtesy UTIA. Download image​.


JACKSON, Tenn. – If you’re a pumpkin producer looking to boost your business or pump up production, make plans to attend the 8th annual Pumpkin Field Day hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The field day begins at 11 a.m. CDT on Thursday, September 24, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. Classes conclude at 4:30 p.m.

While the AgResearch Center’s Pumpkin Display is typically unveiled at Pumpkin Field Day, due to limited resources, there will not be a display in 2015. However, Pumpkin Field Day visitors can see the newest and best varieties for the pumpkin patch, learn about insect, disease and weed control, and pick up creative fall agritourism ideas.

The field day also offers visitors a chance to meet with seed company representatives and network with fellow pumpkin producers. According to a survey from previous field days, visitors estimated the information gained in the production, business and marketing classes would net more than $1,000 in their pumpkin operations.

Pumpkin Field Day is a free event that includes a complimentary lunch. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. If interested in attending, please email gtrice@tennessee.edu or call 731-425-4768. 

The complete schedule of classes can be found at http://west.tennessee.edu.  Pesticide points will be available.

The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. UT AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Dr. Robert M. Hayes, Director, UT West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 731-424-1643, rhayes1@utk.edu

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communication Services, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu