Registration Open for Aug. 12 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

AMES, Iowa — The 2013 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day at the Iowa State Horticulture Farm in Ames is set for Monday, Aug. 12. The field day will begin at 2 p.m. and feature research-based information on a variety of production topics of interest to fruit and vegetable growers. Although geared towards commercial production the event would be helpful to small scale growers, master gardeners and home owners who are interested in enhancing their production skills and diversifying their gardens and acreages.

The program fee for the event is $25 which includes evening supper and refreshments. Participants are encouraged to stay after the meal to mingle with growers, researchers, agriculture professionals and extension personnel. Registrations for the field day can be made at Online registration closes on Aug. 5 at midnight. A limited number of on-site registrations at $35 will be available.

Tentative agenda includes a welcome by Jeff Iles, chair of the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University and presentations on topics related to fruit and vegetable production. The field day will tour research plots on biochar in carrot and pepper production; mechanization and disease management in cucurbit production; sweet potato cultivar trials; role of colored plastics in vegetable production; high tunnel production of tomatoes, cucumbers and raspberries; northern climate grape cultivar trials; apple root stocks and training systems; disease management system evaluation in apples; honey bee health and behavior; and other topics.

The Department of Horticulture in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture are field day organizers. The event would provide opportunity for real time assessment of ongoing research in the area of fruit and vegetable production.