AMES, Iowa — Commercial production topics and practices will be featured at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 2015 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, Aug. 10, at the ISU Horticulture Research Station near Ames. The annual event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and conclude with a social and dinner following the educational components. The Research Station is located at 55519 170th Street, north of Ames.

Growers will have an opportunity to interact face-to-face with multiple Iowa State researchers and receive research-based information focused on a variety of production topics.

This year’s field day will showcase small-scale fruit and vegetable production systems, cropping practices, research projects, and tools and equipment needed. Specific topics include:

  • Organic broccoli and pepper production;
  • Strip tillage in melon production;
  • Pest management;
  • Tomato grafting;
  • Colored plastics for sweet potato production;
  • Cover crops;
  • New hops plantation;
  • Honey bee health and behavior studies during tour of the ISU Bee Research Facility at the Horticulture Research Station.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required for dinner. Online registration is open through Aug. 4. To register, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/fieldday. There will be limited on-site registration the day of the event. The event concludes at 7:30 p.m.

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