Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Summer Field Day June 29

Vegetable and fruit growers won't want to miss the event, for information about production, marketing techniques and results of variety trials.

Published on: Jun 11, 2010

The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (IFVGA) has a special summer field day on Tuesday June 29. Vegetable and fruit growers won't want to miss this event, which features information about production and marketing techniques and the results of cultivar trials on several fruits and vegetables.
 
"The field day provides fruit and vegetable farmers the opportunity to interact with other growers, learn about the latest research and expand their knowledge of the fruit and vegetable industry," says Dal Grooms, executive secretary of IFVGA. 

The field day includes a 75th anniversary celebration at the Muscatine Island Research Farm in Fruitland. The farm, which was established in 1935 on 63 acres, is currently owned by the Muscatine Island Research Farm Association and is now 106 acres.

Opportunity to be updated on latest recommendations, get answers

The Muscatine Island Research Farm serves as an Iowa State University Extension education center for commercial growers. Field days provide clients the opportunity to interact with ISU production specialists and observe recommendations being used in the field.
 
A $5 lunch will be served at noon to be followed by a 75th anniversary program and various project showcases. Guests have the opportunity to view projects on biodegradable mulch evaluation, subsurface drip irrigation, Colorado Potato Beetle management trials and cultivar trials on melons, sweet corn, sweet potato, sweet cherry trees and the All-American Selections Vegetable Trial.

The field day's morning itinerary covers pawpaw production and marketing techniques. An aronia field day is offered in the evening. The pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to America, will be featured during the Pawpaw Trial in the Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area in Columbus Junction.  The 10 a.m. trial will cover updates on the fruit and its production.

The next event will give a behind the scenes look at Earl and Pam Krueger's successful fruit and vegetable operation. This marketing and business session is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Krueger's Market in Letts, Iowa. Claude and Sharon Nicholson of Fairfield will host an additional program, the Aronia Growers' Field Day. The evening event, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., will cover aronia berry production. 
 
The itinerary times and addresses for the full day are:
10 to 10:40 a.m.    Pawpaw Tour
Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area (southeast of Columbus Junction)
14198 R Avenue
Columbus Junction, IA 52738
 
11-11:45 a.m.    Krueger's Market
                          1455 231st St.
                          Letts, IA 52754
 
12-1 p.m.      Lunch at Muscatine Island Research Farm
                         111 East North Street
                         Fruitland, IA 52749-9377
 
1- 3:30 p.m.       75th Anniversary Program and Field Tours 
                         Muscatine Island Research Farm
                         111 North Street
                         Fruitland, IA 52749-9377
 
Optional Add-on Program
5-6:30 p.m.        Aronia Growers' Field Day
                         Sharon's Produce
                         Claude & Sharon Nicholson
                         2664 Hwy 1, Fairfield
 
                         To register for this portion, contact Patrick O'Malley
                         at 319-337-2145 or omall@iastate.edu.
 
Membership of IFVGA is comprised of producers, wholesalers, brokers and any interested parties involved in production, marketing and promotion of fruit and vegetable crops. To learn more about IFVGA or to become a member, visit http://www.iafruitvegetablegrowers.org/.  ISU Extension provides research-based information and education to help people make better decisions, in their personal, community and professional lives. ISU Extension supports healthy people, healthy environments, and healthy economies.