Industry, university and USDA scientists and educators offer many opportunities for stakeholders to become more familiar with vegetable grafting first-hand. Vegetable grafting is also ‘in the news’ with increasing regularity. Consider attending upcoming events and consulting information about past ones. Also, contact Dr. Matt Kleinhenz if you wish to register an upcoming event and have it posted here.
News / Events
Grafted Watermelon Open House Hosted by University of California
Photo: Zheng Wang, University of California
University of California Cooperative Extension hosted a “Mid-Season Open House” focused on grafted watermelon on June 29, 2021. The program included demonstrations, training, and trial tours. On-site trials were testing multiple rootstock-scion combinations and various in-row spacings. UC reports that approximately 20% of the 2021 California watermelon acreage contains grafted planting stock, an increase of approximately 5-6 fold over recent years.
Look under Resources to find more grafting events, along with other educational materials. Interested in research results? Look under Research for published results and research reports from field trials.
American Society for Horticultural Science 2021
Photo: The Ohio State University, past presenters
This summer, 18 presentations or posters at the 2021 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Annual Conference will focus on grafted vegetable crops. View and download the presentation and poster titles with links to their abstracts. Presenters include both emerging and senior professionals associated with nine universities active in our grafting team.
Learn more about vegetable grafting experts, partner institutions, and research focal points under our People tab. Or look under Research to see more annual meeting and symposium records.
Vegetable Grafting Decision Support Tool
The Vegetable Grafting Decision Support Tool helps farmers, consultants, extension professionals, and others analyze the economic costs and benefits of using grafted plants. Developed by the Economic Working group of the USDA SCRI-supported Vegetable Grafting Project, the tool is interactive and easy to use. Contact Yefan Nian, Zhifeng Gao, and Xin Zhao for information.
Access more user-friendly tools under our Resources tab, including instructional materials and industry information.