Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

LC Logo 2014 ISU Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

Date: Monday, August 11th, 2014

Start: 2:00 pm End: 7:00 pm

Location: ISU Horticultural Research Station, 55519 170th St., Ames, Iowa

Contact: Ajay Nair, ISU Department of Horticulture, (515) 294-7080, nairajay@iastate.edu

This field day will feature research-based information on a variety of production topics of interest to fruit and vegetable growers. Although geared toward commercial production, the event would be helpful to small-scale growers, Master Gardeners and community gardeners who are interested in enhancing their production skills and diversifying their gardens and acreages. Speakers will include Ajay Nair, Amy Toth, Dana Jokela, Gail Nonnecke, Mark Gleason, Paul Domoto, and Raymond Kruse.


  • Organic pepper and broccoli production
  • Effect of cover crops and calcium applications in potato cropping systems
  • Raising bees and bee research update
  • Effect of biochar in onion production
  • Plastic mulches for sweet potato production
  • High Tunnel crop production
  • Apple and grape research update
  • Perimeter trap cropping in cucurbits

Cost: There is a $25 program fee for all participants, which includes dinner and refreshments.

About the Farm: The ISU Horticultural Research Station is located on 230 acres of land that includes of flat areas, rolling hills and waterways, along with a 12-acre lake. Research projects range from work on fruits, vegetables and herbaceous ornamentals to work with trees, shrubs and turfgrass.

Directions: The research station is located 4 miles north of Ames. From U.S. 69, turn east on County Road E23 and go 1.5 miles.

Related information

News release about this event [ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences]

News release about this event  [ISU Extension and Outreach]

Sustainable Vegetable Production Lab [website]

Anyone is welcome to attend Iowa State field days, which take place rain or shine. Numerous research studies supported by the Leopold Center are conducted at ISU Research and Demonstration Farms throughout the state, and updates on their progress may be offered at various field day events.

More information about ISU research farms and where they are located

See a schedule of other ISU field days or download a schdule here [PDF]

News release about the 2014 field day season  [ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences]