Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s annual Fruit and Vegetable Field Day will be held on August 6 will feature research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, non-profit organizations and Master Gardeners.
The field day will run from 2-6:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station (55519 170th St.) near Ames. The field day is free, but pre-registration is required to provide an accurate meal count. Registration can be complete online.
The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to evaluate research projects focusing on high tunnel vegetable and fruit production and gain information on tomato grafting, symptoms of herbicide drift, integration of poultry and vegetable production, pest management in cucurbit crops, sweet potato and potato production and honey bee health and behavior.
The field day will also demonstrate the use of the finger weeder, vegetable wash station and other equipment and tools used in small-scale fruit and vegetable production.
The event is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Specialty Crop Block grants, and Johnny’s Seeds.
The field day is organized in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.