Taro plants and new growth looked the best ever in 10 years! March 2018 Taro Field Day in Waimanalo was organized by the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service who’s mission is to provide the public with science based research and solutions to enhance or improve the quality of citizens in Hawaii.

Jari the Oahu Extension agent and organizer of the event explained to the participants how two weeks ago she was not sure if they could hold the 2018 Taro Field day event due to heavy leaf blight damage. Thanks to heavy pruning of infected leaves by her students and injection of EM•1® Microbial Inoculant, the taro plants and new growth looked the best ever in 10 years. EM•1® which is OMRI listed for Organic production not only help suppress disease but also increase photosynthesis in the soil so plants can grow healthy even during stressful condition and use minimal energy. Look at the Color difference!

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“Ten years ago, Waimanalo residents approached CTAHR about growing more Hawaiian taro at the Waimanalo Research Station. We first started growing taro in the corner of the old Waimanalo quarry.

Ten years later, we have grown the original collection to be large enough to share hull with many organizations across O’ahu. Hulu was initially obtained from UH CTAHR’s Moloka’i and Kaua’i research stations along with ‘oahna donations.

Come and visit the UH CTAHR Waimanalo Kalo Germplasm Collection on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Spend the morning learning about: the history of CTAHR’s taro collection; how we manage the collection using conventional and organic production practices; the health benefits of taro; and our struggles and success stories dealing with new and re-occurring pests.

Walk through our drylands halo fields and network with Hawaii’s agricultural agencies and local farmers.

Fun for the Whole Family”

Photo: University of Hawaii Taro Germ plasm collection 2 weeks before March 2018 Taro Field Day event. (photo credit: Jari S. ext. agent). 

Photo: University of Hawaii Taro Germ plasm collection 2 weeks before March 2018 Taro Field Day event. (photo credit: Jari S. ext. agent). 

Photo: University of Hawaii Taro Germ plasm collection after heavy pruning and EM•1® drip irrigation application prior to March 2018 Taro Field Day event.

Photo: University of Hawaii Taro Germ plasm collection after heavy pruning and EM•1® drip irrigation application prior to March 2018 Taro Field Day event.

Photo: U.H. Taro germ plasm collection best ever in 10 years day of March 2018 Taro field day. 

Photo: U.H. Taro germ plasm collection best ever in 10 years day of March 2018 Taro field day.