Fruit and Vegetable Field Day (Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA)
AMES, Iowa — The 2014 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day at the Iowa State Horticulture Research Station in Ames. The field day will begin at 2pm Aug. 11 (Monday) and will feature research-based information on a variety of production topics of interest to fruit and vegetable growers. Although geared toward commercial production, the event also 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 and 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 http://www.aep.iastate.edu/hort/. Online registration closes on Aug. 4 at midnight. A limited number of on-site registrations at $35 will be available.
The field day will provide a face to face opportunity to interact with ISU researchers and evaluate research projects focusing on organic pepper and broccoli production, clover cover crop trials, trap cropping to manage cucumber beetles, colored plastics for sweet potato, potato production, high tunnel production of tomatoes, ginger, and raspberries, northern climate grape cultivar trials; apple root stocks and training systems, and honey bee health and behavior studies. The field day will also provide opportunity to view equipment and tools needed in small scale fruit and vegetable production systems.
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 Field Day will be held at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station, 55519 170th Street, Ames, Iowa.