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Conquering Cucurbits: Success With Melons and Cucumbers
Thursday, Aug. 4 | 2-4 p.m.
Hosts: Nicole & Steve Jonas
Address: 2013 130th St. | Boone, IA 50036
Do you struggle with in-field production of cucumbers, melons or other cucurbits? Who doesn’t?! Cucurbits are a stumbling block for many farmers. With 15 years of growing at Red Granite Farm, plus years of hands-on experience and education in horticulture, Nicole and Steve Jonas routinely produce healthy plants and high-quality melons, cucumbers and squash. Nicole’s expertise in ornamentals and Steve’s know-how with fruit and vegetable production, along with their kids’ involvement, results in a farm with diverse market streams and deep customer engagement.
Ajay Nair, from ISU’s Department of Horticulture, will be on-hand to share his work with specialty melons and to weigh in on cucurbit production best practices.
Speaker: Ajay Nair – Department of Horticulture, ISU
- Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT)
- Iowa Farmers Union
- Iowa State University On-Farm Food Safety Team
See & Discuss:
- In-field cucumber production
- Melon management and detecting ripeness
- Succession planting
- Fall squash and pumpkin management
- Pack shed organization and use
Meal Information: Light refreshments will be provided.