Publications and Reports

Research Reports

1. Effect of plastic mulch on sweet potato yield and quality. 2014 (pdf)
2. Fall Cover Crop Influence on Spring Potato Production. 2014 (pdf)
3. Summer Cover Crop Influence on Fall Vegetable Production. 2014 (pdf)
4. Quantifying nitrogen scavenging benefits of cover crops in the Mississippi river basin. 2014 (pdf)
5. Effects of Reduced Tillage and Split Fertilizer Application in Organic Broccoli and Pepper Production Systems. 2014 (pdf)
6. Assessing nitrogen credits from clover crops and effects of seed inoculation. 2014 (pdf)
7. Bok choy cultivar trial for spring high tunnel production. 2014 (pdf)
7. Strip-tillage and row cover use in organically and conventionally and grown summer sqush. 2014 (pdf)
8. Strip-tillage and row covers in organically and conventionally grown muskmelon. 2014 (pdf)
9. Sustainable plastic mulch options in vegetable production systems. 2013 (pdf)
10. Strip-tillage and row cover use in organically and conventionally grown summer squash. 2013 (pdf)
11. Biochar application in potato production. 2013 (pdf)
12. Integrating Cover crops in high tunnel crop production. 2013 (pdf)
13. Summer cover crop influence on Fall Vegetable Production. 2013 (pdf)
14. Effect of Plastic Mulch Color on Tomato Production in High Tunnels. 2012 (pdf)
15. Mulch and Row Cover affect Lettuce Production in High Tunnels. 2012 (pdf)
16. Biochar as a Soil Amendment for Vegetable Production. 2012 (pdf)
17. Effect of Lettuce Seed Treatment with Seed Power® on Germination, Crop Growth, and Fungicide Interaction. 2012 (pdf)
18. Effect of Plastic Mulch and Trellises on Cucumber Production in High Tunnels. 2012 (pdf)
19. Sweet Potato Cultivar Trial. 2012 (pdf)
20. Season Extension Strategies for Fall Lettuce Production. 2012 (pdf)
21. Cover Cropping and Strip Tillage to Improve Crop Performance and Food Safety in Muskmelon Production. 2012 (pdf)
22. Effect of Biochar on Sweet Corn Production. 2012 (pdf)

Journal Articles

1. Soil microbial biomass, functional microbial diversity, and nematode community structure as affected by cover crops and compost in an organic vegetable production system. 2012. Applied Soil Ecology 58:45–55. (pdf)
2. Alfalfa-based organic amendment in peat-compost growing medium for organic tomato transplant production. 2011. HortScience 46(2):253–259. (pdf)
3. Integrating row covers and soil amendments for organic cucumber production: implications on crop growth, yield, and microclimate. 2010. HortScience 45(4):1-9. (pdf)
4. In vitroevaluation of red and green lettuce (Lactuca sativa) for functional food properties. 2010. Food Chemistry 118:300-306. (pdf)
5. Propagation and commercial availability of Stewartia spp.: past research endeavors and current status. 2010. HortTechnology 20(2):277-282. (pdf)
6. Rooting and overwintering stem cuttings of Stewartia pseudocamellia Maxim. relevant to hormone, media, and temperature. 2008. HortScience 43(7):2124-2128. (pdf)

Extension Articles/Publications

  1. Nair, A., T. Kaspar, and G. Nonnecke. 2015. Cover crops in vegetable production systems. HORT3026 Iowa State University (pdf)
  2. Nair, A. and J. Hannan. 2015. Recommended Tomato Varieties for Commercial Production in Iowa. HORT3024 Iowa State University (pdf)
  3. Nair, A. March 2015. Optimizing spring asparagus harvests. Growing Produce (
  4. Alexander, L. and Nair, A. March 2015. Eight tips to better manage transplants. American Vegetable Grower, p. 18. 
  5. Nair, A. December 2014. Planning a spring garden on your acreage. Small Farm Sustainability, ISUEO (
  6. Nair, A. May 2014. Managing asparagus harvests. Iowaproduce newsletter
  7. Nair, A. April 2014. Potato Storage considerations. Iowaproduce newsletter
  8. Jauron, R. and A. Nair. 2013. Asparagus in the home garden. PM994 Iowa State University (pdf)
  9. Jauron, R. and A. Nair. 2013. Rhubarb in the home garden. PM719 Iowa State University (pdf)
  10. Jauron, R., C. Haynes, and A. Nair. 2013. Suggested vegetable varieties for home garden. PM607 Iowa State University (pdf)
  11. Nair, A. March 2013.Time for transplants: things to consider as the growing season approaches. Iowaproduce newsletter
  12. Nair, A. February 2013. Salinity management in high tunnels. Iowaproduce newsletter
  13. Nair, A. October 2012. Winter rye: a versatile cover crop. Iowaproduce newsletter
  14. Nair, A. August 2012. What is happening to the blossom end? Iowaproduce newsletter
  15. Nair, A., M. Ngouajio, and J. Biernbaum. June 2012. Quality ingredients for transplant production. American Vegetable Grower, 24-25.
  16. Nair, A. and M. Ngouajio. March 2012. Ten steps to healthy crops. American Vegetable Grower, 14-16.
  17. Nair, A. and M. Ngouajio. April 2010. Sanitation is the key to successful transplant production: Greenhouse Insider. American Vegetable Grower, 31-32.
  18. Nair, A. and M. Ngouajio. June 2009. The organic report: Compost as an organic amendment. American Vegetable Grower, 24-25.
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