Person: Susan Jutz

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Susan Jutz bought her farm, ZJ Farm, in the hills outside Solon on April Fools Day, 1994. She wanted to grow food for people, despite the skepticism of her neighbors. For the next 20 years, she proved them wrong, building a strong farm and community of workers, volunteers and CSA members who called Local Harvest CSA […]

August 2, 2016 

BLOG POST

In a Nutshell
• Fifteen farms participated in fruit and
vegetable production recordkeeping
to date.
• The purpose of the project was to
create Iowa-specific production
histories for:
• producers to have baseline
comparisons,
• the advancement of crop
insurance options,
• and to provide information about
typical Iowa production for
lenders.
• Actual yields exceeded FSA-NAP
yield estimates for most crop
categories.

May 10, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

Seed Starting 101: Two ExamplesFebruary 17, 2016 View Farminar Pre-recorded For fruit and vegetable producers, the growing season begins long before the first crops are actually planted in the ground. There are many variations to the process of starting seeds indoors, and each farm has unique methods and schedules according to its goals, markets and [...]

February 17, 2016 

FARMINAR

The best way to start bell pepper seedlings is an annual debate between ZJ Farm and another nearby vegetable farm. ZJ prefers to use free-standing soil blocks, the other farmer, Laura Krouse at Abbe Hills Farm, contends that plastic plug trays work just as well. According to Carmen Black, plant seedlings started in soil blocks […]

February 10, 2016 

BLOG POST

In a Nutshell
• This was an informal trial to compare
bell pepper production from
seedlings started in soil blocks vs.
plug trays.
• Data were collected from 72 plants
in each treatment; peppers were
harvested at green and red stages.
Key Findings
• Though statistical analysis was not
possible, pepper plants started in
soil blocks had higher yield and
number of green and red peppers
per plant and fewer cull fruit.

February 4, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

Five farmers compared two bell pepper varieties, Olympus and Revolution, to determine which produces better in Iowa’s climate. Each farm planted four randomized pairs of research plots, each pair with 10-20 plants of each variety.

December 21, 2015 

BLOG POST

In a Nutshell
• Five farmers compared two bell pepper
varieties, Olympus and Revolution,
to determine which produces better in
Iowa’s climate.
• Each farm planted four randomized
pairs of research plots, each pair with
10-20 plants of each variety.
Key Findings
• Pepper yield was significantly different
by farm, but treatment (variety) also
had a significant effect on yield. Revolution
yield was significantly higher
than Olympus when all farms were
analyzed together.
• Revolution produced more pounds
and number of peppers per ft2 and
per plant than Olympus at three of
five farms. The remaining two farms
saw no difference in yield between the
varieties.
• Average plant yield of green bell peppers
across all farms was 4.3 lb/plant
for Revolution and 4.03 lb/plant for
Olympus.
• Plant spacing was different by farm,
but end-of-season yield for green bell
peppers ranged from 1.82 – 2.66 lb/ft2.

December 7, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

Laura Krouse has been farming at Abbe Hills Farm since 1988, and for the last 20 years has run a CSA with twice-weekly pickup at her farm for 200 families. Her field day was a tour through her fall crop fields, where she grows a variety of kale, arugula, bok choy, lettuce, cabbage, beans, squash, […]

November 13, 2015 

BLOG POST

Objectives: 1. Determine which pepper variety, Olympus or Revolution, produces more marketable fruits and total yield in side-by-side field trials in Iowa.

July 5, 2015 

RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Thirteen farms participated in
fruit and vegetable production
recordkeeping to date.
• The purpose of the project was to
create Iowa-specific production
histories for:
• producers to have baseline
comparisons,
• the advancement of crop
insurance options,
• and to provide information about
typical Iowa production for
lenders.
• Actual yields exceeded FSA-NAP
yield estimates for most crop
categories.

March 11, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT