ISU Horticulture Research Station | August 12, 2013

The ISU Department of Horticulture in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture presents the 2013 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day at the Horticulture Research Station in Ames Iowa.

The educational program targets fruit and vegetable growers and is set for Monday, August 12, 2013 with registration opening at 1:30 and the program at 2:00. The Field Day features research-based information on a variety of topics in fruit and vegetable production and the opportunity for real-time assessment of ongoing research in the area of fruit and vegetable production. Although geared towards commercial production the event would also be beneficial to small scale growers, master gardeners, and home owners who are interested in enhancing their production skills and diversifying their gardens and acreages.


Time Presentation
1:30pm Registration opens

Welcome and introductions- Jeff Iles, chair, Department of Horticulture

Comments from John Lawrence, director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and associate dean, College of Agricuture and Life Sciences.

Presentation honoring Dr. Paul Domoto for his exceptional service to the fruit industry in Iowa.

2:30 Program begins - general session at farm headquarters building

Biochar: what is it all about?
Pest and Disease management update
Pollinators in fruit and vegetable production
Update on Pear and Peach project

4:00 Farm tours begin. Wagons will rotate through all stops.

Scheduled topics:*
Biochar in carrot and pepper production
Mechanization and disease management in cucurbit production
Sweet potato cultivar trials
Role of colored plastics in vegetable production
High tunnel production of fruit & vegetables (tomato, cucumber, raspberry)
Northern climate grape cultivar trials 
Produce Sanitation: Low-cost drum washer
Disease Management System evaluation in apples
Honey bee health and behavior

* topics are subject to change based on growing conditions, unavoidable speaker conflicts, or research protocols. Additions or substitutions may be made.


Dinner (provided) and discussions/social time

Presenters will be available for questions and additional discussion. Attendees are encouraged and welcome to stay and socialize with fellow growers.

7:30 Field day concludes

Ajay Nair, Extension
vegetable specialist

"We strongly believe that strong grower-researcher collaboration is needed to address ongoing issues and challenges, and develop new ideas for fruit and vegetable research in Iowa,”
- Ajay Nair, Extension vegetable specialist.


The Field Day will be held at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station, 55519 170th Street, Ames, Iowa. Google map link


  • Early registration (prior to midnight, August 5) - $25
  • Late registration or at-the-gate - $35
  • Cash or check payment only at the field day location. Credit card payment cannot be accepted at the gate.
  • University intramurals will be accepted for registration. Please submit signed intramural with completed registration form. Please list “ISU Extension” as the selling department.
  • Cancellations requesting a refund must be received by midnight, August 5 to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after this date. Please email or call (515) 294-6429 with your cancellation. If you cannot attend you may send a substitute in your place.
  • Telephone registrations are not accepted. Registration must be completed online in advance or at the gate the day of the program.
  • Registration includes dinner, refreshment breaks, and abstracts of ongoing research projects.


If you have questions about the field day , tours and educational program please contact Ajay Nair at or 515-294-7080. If you have questions about registering for this event please contact ANR Program Services at or 515-294-6429.