ISU Horticulture Research Station | August 11, 2014

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 2014 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 11, 2014 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

The program is still in devleopment. However, possible topics and research programs highlighted are listed below. Final program details and topic selection will be posted mid-summer.

  • organic pepper and broccoli production
  • clover cover crop trials
  • trap cropping to manage cucumber beetles
  • colored plastics for sweet potato
  • potato production
  • high tunnel production of tomatoes, ginger, and raspberries
  • northern climate grape cultivar trials
  • apple root stocks and training systems
  • honey bee health and behavior studies

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


  • On-site registration - $35. Use the printable form below to save time at the gate!
  • Cash or check payment only at the field day location. Credit card payment cannot be accepted at the gate.
  • To pay using an ISU account number please print the registration form and provide the required information.
  • Cancellations requesting a refund must be received by midnight, August 7 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.

For assistance with registration, receipts, billing, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or