Fairfield Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop Feb. 21

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – Southeast Iowa vegetable producers can learn how to grow quality transplants at an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop planned for Friday, Feb. 21 in Fairfield. Ajay Nair, Joe Hannan and Patrick O’Malley, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, join Kim Keller, Jefferson County horticulture program assistant, in hosting the workshop.

“Transplant production plays a key role in a successful vegetable production system,” said Nair. “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 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Extension Office, 2606 West Burlington Ave. (on the county fairgrounds just off Hwy 34), Fairfield.

Sessions will focus on nutrient medium, lighting, pests, diseases and proper hardening techniques for transplants. “Growing high quality plants requires skill, proper care, and knowledge of the fundamentals of plant growth and management,” said Nair. “This educational workshop will help growers learn how to successfully grow strong and healthy transplants.”

Workshop fee is $30 per person before Feb. 17 and $35 after that date. Registration should be made with Kim Keller at kdkeller@iastate.edu or 641-472-4166. Registrations will be taken at the door the day of the event.