Quad Cities Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop Feb. 22

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Quad Cities vegetable producers can learn how to grow quality transplants at an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop planned for Friday, Feb. 22, in Bettendorf. Ajay Nair and Patrick O’Malley, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, are hosting the Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop in partnership with University of Illinois Extension.

"Transplant production plays a key role in a successful vegetable production system,” Nair said. “Growing healthy, disease free and quality transplants is the first step growers have to take to achieve higher yields and productivity.”

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf. Sessions will focus on nutrient medium, lighting, pests, diseases and proper hardening techniques for transplants. In addition to Nair and O’Malley, presenters include Donald Lewis, extension entomologist, and Mark Gleason, extension plant pathologist, Iowa State University; and Sam Shroyer, FarmTek of Dyersville. The complete agenda is available at http://transplantproduction.eventbrite.com/.

“Growing high quality plants requires skill, proper care and knowledge of the fundamentals of plant growth and management,” Nair said. “This educational workshop will help growers learn how to successfully grow strong and healthy transplants.”

The workshop fee is $30 through Feb. 15 and $35 after that date. Online registration is available at http://transplantproduction.eventbrite.com/. Deadline for registering is Feb. 20. For more information, contact  Ajay Nair at nairajay@iastate.edu or by calling 515-294-7080.