Hot off the Press!
Learn More About Iowa's Grape & Wine Industry!
Two FREE workshops to be held in Sioux City, April 29 and 30
Flavors of Northwest Iowa will be offering two FREE workshops for people who may be interested in establishing a commercial winegrape vineyard or winery in Iowa. Mike White, ISU Extension’s Viticulture (grape) specialist will be leading both of these workshops.
The first workshop, Iowa’s Grape & Wine Industry 101, will be held on the evening of Friday April 29th at the Woodbury County ISU Extension and Outreach office, and the second workshop will provide a hands-on vineyard planting experience from 9 a.m. to noon the following morning (Saturday, April 30th) at Roy & Melanie Olsen’s acreage.
For more information and to register, please click here!
Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila
Joe Hannan, ISU Extension & Outreach Commercial Horticulture Specialist for western Iowa has a new publication out called Managing Spotted Winged Drosophila in Commercial Fruit Production.
This 7 page publication can be viewed or downloaded for free at the ISU Extension Store. This is a timely publication as the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) showed up in the Upper Midwest 2-3 years ago and has created problems for soft skinned fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, aronia berries and grapes as they near harvest time. The publication covers the SWD life cycle, identification, trapping & monitoring methods, effective insecticides and overall management plus, includes a list of additional resources.
2016 Production Guides
The 2016 Spray Guides are printed and are available at the ISU Extension Store. There have been major updates to the Vegetable Production Guide the last couple of years with the integration of Ohio State into the group. If it has been awhile since you purchased one of these books, it is time to do so. The Small Fruit and Grape and the Tree Fruit Spray Guides have been combined into one book titled Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide. Each of the guides can be downloaded for free or purchased for $10 ( Vegetable) or $15 ( Fruit).
Looking for marketing help?
In 2016, ISU Extension and Outreach will once again be hosting ISU students participating in the Rising Star Internship program. If local food producers are interested in working with our interns to help establish or expand an online presence for marketing your products, please contact regional food coordinators, Margaret Murphy at 712-472-2576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Taylor at 712-276-2157 or email@example.com for more information.
Please stay tuned for information on upcoming summer programs and events!
Laurie Taylor (712) 276-2157 / firstname.lastname@example.org or
Margaret Murphy (712) 472-2576 / email@example.com
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to Healthy People, Environments, and Economies. Regional and local food systems provide an opportunity to meet increasing demand for locally produced food including fruits and vegetables, livestock, egg and dairy products while addressing the need of Iowans for food security with adequate diets and improving regional economies.