Ajay Nair–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station will put their fruit and vegetable research on full display at the Fruit and Vegetable Field Day, August 5th. The annual event will feature various research and demonstration projects tailored toward commercial growers, extension personnel, nonprofit 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 at Iowa State, said growers will also see how to use biodegradable plastic 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 conducting here at Iowa State University, and also for them to see things in person,” Nair said.
Producers also will get to review the latest research in irrigation and pest management, and they’ll get to see how to grow peaches using high tunnels.
The Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture helped organize the field day. Iowa State and a variety of industry sponsors will host informational booths at the field day, which runs from 2-6:30 pm.
Attendees may register for free but must do so to allow organizers to plan for supper. Register online at the Iowa State Sustainable Vegetable Production website.
The conference will take place at the Horticulture Research Station, located at 55519 170th St., Ames. Contact Ajay Nair at (515)-294-7080 or [email protected]