The new issue of IowaProduce.org was sent out. Read the February 2014 Issue and Sign Up Here Today! to recieve it in your inbox once a month. Each newsletter addresses in-season production issues, coming events, and other stories of interest for Iowa's commercial fruit and vegetable industry.
New Blueberry Manual
The University of Kentucky, in partnership with the Universities of Missouri, Pennsylvania State, The Ohio State, Michigan State, Arkansas, and Mississippi State has developed a new Midwest Blueberry Production Guide. As you would expect, the book covers everything from growth and development, site selection, planting, production, pest management, and more. Hard copies are not yet available but the book can be downloaded free from the University of Kentucky.
There are quite a few field days and workshops scheduled over the next couple of months. Below is a brief listing. You can find a complete list of events offered by Practical Farmers of Iowa at their site. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture also maintains a list of upcoming events and field days. You can view their list on their site and you can view all of ISU's field days and events on the ISU Extension and Outreach calendar..
February 20 and March 6
MarketReady Training for Produce Farmers and Ranchers. Two day workshop at the Linn County Extension Office. Cost: $55/person; $90/couple or two employees from the same farm. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call or email Christa at 515-294-4430, email@example.com. Please give names of person(s) registering, address, phone number, e-mail address and indicate whether you are a produce or livestock/poultry/egg producer.
Tree Fruit Pruning and Training. Ottumwa. Details.
Tree Fruit Pruning and Training. Tripoli. Details.
Tree Fruit Pruning and Training. Wapello. Louisa County Extension Ofc. 319-523-2371
Growing and training fruit trees. Mahaska County Extension Ofc. 641-673-5841
March 25 and March 27
MarketReady Training for Produce Farmers and Ranchers. Two day workshop at Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA. Cost: $55/person; $90/couple or two employees from the same farm. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call or email Christa at 515-294-4430, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give names of person(s) registering, address, phone number, e-mail address and indicate whether you are a produce or livestock/poultry/egg producer.
Tree Fruit Grafting. Rootstocks, apple scion wood, grafting tape, grafting sealant and knives will be provided. Participants also may bring their own scion wood. There is a $15 per person fee to attend the field day, plus an additional $35 per person ($60 per couple) to attend the grafting workshop. Additional information on the field day and grafting workshop can be found at IowaWoodlandOwners.org.
Soil Guru: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is bringing another national expert and innovative speaker to Iowa in April. USDA agronomist Ray Archuleta will present the 2014 Shivvers Lecture “Soil Health and Sustainability” on Tuesday, April 1 in the Sun Room of the Iowa State Memorial Union. Details.
Tree Fruit Grafting from 6:30−8:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Museum in Perry. There is a $35 fee per person ($60 per couple) to attend the grafting workshop. As with the Iowa City workshop, rootstocks, apple scion wood and other grafting supplies will be provided. To register for the workshop, contact Pete Malmberg at 515-465-3577 or email@example.com.
It’s Your Business! Online registration addition is now open for the Iowa Local Food Conference on Tuesday, April 8 in Ames. Theme is “It's Your Business! Expanding Opportunities in the Iowa Food System.” You'll want to hear our keynote speaker, the social marketing genius behind LoLa's Chicks. Details and register.
Roller Crimper Field Day. ISU Horticulture Station. 6-8 pm.
Sequence Planting Field Day. Red Granite Farm, Boone. 6-8 pm.
Pumpkin Production field Day at Geisler Farms in Ankeny. 6-8 pm.
Greenhouse flowers and tomato grafting field day at Howell Farms in Cumming. 6-8 pm.