Thursday, August 18, 2016

2016 Field Day Highlights

Dr. Ajay Nair, Kristine Neu, and John Krzton-Presson
Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University

We would like to offer up a HUGE thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2016 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day! It was great to have a group of close to 100 people join us for research presentations and hands-on demonstrations.

We would like to especially thank the following individuals and organizations for their support:

  • Eric Franzenburg and Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
  • Liz Kolbe and Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Brian Nordschow and Windridge Implements Inc.
  • Donald Lewis, Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca and Laura Jesse with the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic
  • Joe Hannan and Patrick O'Malley with Iowa State Extension and Outreach
The day would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Nick Howell, Brandon Carpenter, and the entire staff of the ISU Horticulture Research Station.

Please keep an eye on our website for winter workshops and presentations, and know that we already look forward to seeing you for the 2017 Field Day!

Brian Nordshow answering questions about planting and harvesting equipment available from Windridge Implements Inc.

Liz Kolbe sharing the message and work of Practical Farmers of Iowa. She is joined by Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca and Laura Jesse of the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.

Dr. Ajay Nair and Kristine Neu giving an overview of their colored bell pepper cultivar trial and shading study.

Field day attendees explore the grafted tomato research in a high tunnel. Project supported by IDALS.

Dr. Diana Cochran sharing updates on the apple rootstock trial.

Bryn Takle explains the layout of his hops research focusing on nitrogen fertility.

Kenny McCabe demonstrating the use of the HopsHarvester.

Dr. Ajay Nair and John Krzton-Presson talk about conservation tillage and food safety in muskmelon production.

Hayley Nelson and Dr. Mark Gleason explaining row covers, ProtekNet, and their role in the potential prevention of bacterial wilt.

Students and staff who played a vital role in the success of the 2016 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dr. Ajay Nair
Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University

A new publication providing information on commercial asparagus production is now available at the Iowa State Extension and Outreach store. The production guide discusses all aspects of production including cultivar selection, fertility management, insect-disease-and weed management, harvesting and storage. Click on the link below to download the guide