Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near Ames. The annual event will feature various research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, non-profit organizations, and Master Gardeners.
Specific projects include high tunnels, organic vegetable production, pepper and sweet potato production, pest management in cucurbit crops, hops, peaches, and beneficial insects such as bees, wasps and pollinators. Ajay Nair, associate professor and extension vegetable production specialist, said growers will also see how biodegradable plastic can be used for pepper production, and they’ll get to see equipment demonstrations, including finger weeders. “The main goal is for producers to assess and get exposed to some of the innovative research we are doing here at Iowa State University, and also for them to see things in person,” Nair said. Producers will also get to review the latest research in irrigation and pest management, and they’ll get to see how peaches can be grown using high tunnels. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/2019-fruit-and-vegetable-field-day