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Insurance Benchmarking For Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Producers, Year 2, Sally Worley Jan 2015

Insurance Benchmarking For Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Producers, Year 2, Sally Worley

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Iowa fruit and vegetables growers need risk management options similar to those available to row crop producers. However, there was no body of data on production costs and sales that would guide the development of such insurance options. This project collected data from Iowa growers that will allow federal and state agencies to create and adapt insurance instruments suitable for fruit and vegetable producers.


Planning Grant For The Establishment Of A Food Enterprise Center, Jason Grimm, K. Jesse Singerman, Jessica Burtt Fogarty Jan 2015

Planning Grant For The Establishment Of A Food Enterprise Center, Jason Grimm, K. Jesse Singerman, Jessica Burtt Fogarty

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

An assessment of community resources to support the development of a food enterprise center (FEC) or food hub was completed through planning meetings with community stakeholders. Local farmers and food businesses were surveyed and interviewed to determine their interest in the services of a food hub and FEC.


Transitioning Farmers To Produce For Wholesale Markets, Marissa Nordschow, Johnice Cross Jan 2014

Transitioning Farmers To Produce For Wholesale Markets, Marissa Nordschow, Johnice Cross

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Ramping up production from direct sales to providing goods for wholesale markets means farmers must acquire new skills and competencies. Working through a farmer cooperative, producers were offered education on food safety and how to expand their operations.


Innovative Equipment Solutions To Reduce Costs And Improve Productivity For Small-Scale Fruit And Vegetable Growers, Georgeanne M. Artz, Linda L. Naeve Jan 2014

Innovative Equipment Solutions To Reduce Costs And Improve Productivity For Small-Scale Fruit And Vegetable Growers, Georgeanne M. Artz, Linda L. Naeve

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

An array of equipment is available to help fruit and vegetable growers with specialized production and processing tasks. This study examined ways for these small operators to share equipment and maximize their use of the shared implements.


Recordkeeping Education And Insurance Benchmarking For Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Producers, Sally Worley Jan 2014

Recordkeeping Education And Insurance Benchmarking For Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Producers, Sally Worley

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Being able to share data about actual production and sales is critical to the success of producers hoping to purchase crop insurance or obtain a loan. This project helped a group of small producers figure out recordkeeping within their operations as a start to creating a baseline for Iowa fruit and vegetable production.


Growing Up Local: A Value Chain Analysis Of Local Produce In Iowa, Brian E. Mennecke Jan 2014

Growing Up Local: A Value Chain Analysis Of Local Produce In Iowa, Brian E. Mennecke

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

This was the original project description: Investigators will detail a value chain analysis of locally grown produce in Iowa. Investigators will identify supply chain structures that support production and distribution using methodologies compatible with sustainable agriculture.


An Automated Mechanical Intra-Row Weed Removal System For Vegetable Crops, Lie Tang Jan 2014

An Automated Mechanical Intra-Row Weed Removal System For Vegetable Crops, Lie Tang

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

This was the original project description: The goal of this project is to develop a practical mechanical intra-row weed control solution for automatically removing weeds from vegetable crops for small and mid-scale Iowa growers. Investigators will explore an optical sensing system and a mechanism to remove weeds with minimal soil disturbance, crop damage and energy input. The project also will demonstrate the effectiveness and economic viability of the system.


Greenhouse Production Of High-Value Crops In An Aquaponic System, David Allen Pattillo Jan 2014

Greenhouse Production Of High-Value Crops In An Aquaponic System, David Allen Pattillo

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

This project evaluates the long-term practicality of the aquaponic enterprise for economic and environmental sustainability. The investigator is comparing three types of plant-growing materials(rock wool, pea gravel and floating rafts) in a recirculating aquaponic system to grow basil, lettuce and Nile tilapia. Future plans include use of native yellow perch in the system rather than the non-native tilapia.


Increasing Access To Healthy, Fresh And Local Food To Students In Three Rural Public Schools In Northeast Iowa, Kamyar Enshayan Jan 2013

Increasing Access To Healthy, Fresh And Local Food To Students In Three Rural Public Schools In Northeast Iowa, Kamyar Enshayan

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

How can we increase capacity of food service directors to improve school lunches with local fruits and vegetables? Through regular meeting and sharing of insights among food service directors, small mini-grants, and offering technical assistance in developing supply chains that meet schools’ needs.


Transplant Production Decision Tool For Vegetable Producers, Joseph Ward, Chris Blanchard Jan 2013

Transplant Production Decision Tool For Vegetable Producers, Joseph Ward, Chris Blanchard

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

When local vegetable producers "scale up" their production to meet an increasing demand for local produce from institutional and retail purchasers, they face a number of investment challenges as they adopt appropriate systems and techniques. A key area of interest is how to manage transplant production as growers expand their operations.


Systems Model And Prototype Development To Capture And Use Rain Water Run-Off From A High Tunnel, Raymond S. Hansen, Linda L. Naeve, Shawn C. Shouse Jan 2012

Systems Model And Prototype Development To Capture And Use Rain Water Run-Off From A High Tunnel, Raymond S. Hansen, Linda L. Naeve, Shawn C. Shouse

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

High tunnels offer opportunities for farmers to increase production of seasonal horticultural crops. Because of the tunnel roof design, rainfall poses challenges of drainage, erosion and runoff. This project investigates a system for catching and collecting the rainwater for future use in irrigation.


Developing Production, Processing And Marketing Of Aronia Berries On Small Family Farms In Southeast Iowa, Patrick J. O'Malley Jan 2012

Developing Production, Processing And Marketing Of Aronia Berries On Small Family Farms In Southeast Iowa, Patrick J. O'Malley

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

ISU Extension and Outreach specialists worked with several stakeholder groups to educate southeast Iowa farmers about the aronia berry, a crop new to Iowa with potential for market growth.


High-Tunnel Resource Manual And Producer Resource Kit Providing The Tools For Profitability, Raymond S. Hansen, Linda L. Naeve Jan 2011

High-Tunnel Resource Manual And Producer Resource Kit Providing The Tools For Profitability, Raymond S. Hansen, Linda L. Naeve

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Producers interested in high tunnel production received instructions and guidance on how to operate these structures successfully.


Feasibility Of Unheated Large Gutter-Connect Greenhouses For Winter Organic Vegetable Production In Iowa, Steve Mclaskey Jan 2011

Feasibility Of Unheated Large Gutter-Connect Greenhouses For Winter Organic Vegetable Production In Iowa, Steve Mclaskey

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The researcher compared air and soil temperature dynamics, as well as growth and yield of crops in small hoop and large greenhouses, and evaluated the effects on temperature and crop performance of different row covers and row cover management.


New Strategies To Enhance Sustainability Of Apple Orchards, Mark Gleason, Donald R. Lewis, Matthew Z. Liebman, Paul A. Domoto, Gaile R. Nonnecke, Michael Duffy, Lester Wilson, Cheryl A. Reitmeier Jan 2010

New Strategies To Enhance Sustainability Of Apple Orchards, Mark Gleason, Donald R. Lewis, Matthew Z. Liebman, Paul A. Domoto, Gaile R. Nonnecke, Michael Duffy, Lester Wilson, Cheryl A. Reitmeier

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Three years of experiments were conducted to help increase profit margins for apple growers, cope with new regulations on pesticide use, and deal with increased pesticide resistance by major apple pests and diseases.


Tunnels To Tables: High Tunnel Production And Distribution Model For Produce, Raymond S. Hansen, Linda L. Naeve Jan 2010

Tunnels To Tables: High Tunnel Production And Distribution Model For Produce, Raymond S. Hansen, Linda L. Naeve

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

High tunnel facilities offer a production alternative for specialty crop farmers, but also require a new set of management skills and tactics.


Planning A Facility For Value-Added Farm Business Incubation And Educational Use, Linda Barnes, Tom Diemerley, Norman Mccoy Jan 2009

Planning A Facility For Value-Added Farm Business Incubation And Educational Use, Linda Barnes, Tom Diemerley, Norman Mccoy

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

A survey of the community and surrounding region was conducted to determine the financial viability of a shared-use certified kitchen, which would be offered as one of the services of the Midwest Center for Entrepreneurial Agriculture.


Developing Potatoes With Horizontal Resistance To The Colorado Potato Beetle, David G. Fisher Jan 2008

Developing Potatoes With Horizontal Resistance To The Colorado Potato Beetle, David G. Fisher

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Producers who grow potatoes can look to a new variety that features greater resistance to the Colorado potato beetle, the most financially damaging potato pest.


Economic Analysis Of Current And Potential Muscatine Melon Market, Craig Chase, Susan Futrell Jan 2006

Economic Analysis Of Current And Potential Muscatine Melon Market, Craig Chase, Susan Futrell

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The Muscatine melon traditionally has been one of Iowa's best known produce items. As the number of acres and producers decline, melon producers are looking for ways to make their product a more attractive economic production option, and place-based marketing may be helpful. Melon producers, however, need to ask themselves if they are willing to cooperatively develop and market a place-based product in order to achieve higher prices and profitability.


Sustainable Grape Production For The Reestablishment Of Iowa's Grape Industry, Gail R. Nonnecke, Paul A. Domoto, Mark Gleason, Michael D. Duffy, Rich S. Pirog, Mark S. Honeyman, Bernard J. Havlovic, Eldon R. Everhart, John J. Obrycki Jan 2005

Sustainable Grape Production For The Reestablishment Of Iowa's Grape Industry, Gail R. Nonnecke, Paul A. Domoto, Mark Gleason, Michael D. Duffy, Rich S. Pirog, Mark S. Honeyman, Bernard J. Havlovic, Eldon R. Everhart, John J. Obrycki

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Reviving the grape industry in Iowa requires development of improved sustainable production systems. This project used research, demonstration, and information transfer to educate and assist new and established Iowa grape growers.


The Effects Of Thrips On Strawberry Production In Iowa, John J. Obrycki, Bethzayda Matos Jan 2004

The Effects Of Thrips On Strawberry Production In Iowa, John J. Obrycki, Bethzayda Matos

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The presence of thrips (tiny insects) in strawberry fields has been associated with undesirable bronzing of the fruit. This study examines the links between thrips and damage to Iowa strawberries.


Evaluating Sustainable, Integrated Management Of Muskmelon Diseases, Weeds, And Insect Pests In Partnership With Iowa Growers, Mark L. Gleason, Sara J. Helland, Matthew Z. Liebman, Donald R. Lewis, Henry G. Tabor, Vincent F. Lawson Jan 2004

Evaluating Sustainable, Integrated Management Of Muskmelon Diseases, Weeds, And Insect Pests In Partnership With Iowa Growers, Mark L. Gleason, Sara J. Helland, Matthew Z. Liebman, Donald R. Lewis, Henry G. Tabor, Vincent F. Lawson

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Several ways to decrease grower reliance on chemicals in muskmelon production were studied.


Black Walnut Cultivar Performance, Billie Hanson Jan 2004

Black Walnut Cultivar Performance, Billie Hanson

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Those interested in planting black walnuts have lacked information about the best cultivars available for planting in Iowa. This project initiated long-term studies of several varieties of black walnut trees to determine the best cultivars for Iowa growers.


Iowa Location Of Regional Pawpaw Trials, Patrick J. O'Malley, Lois Hunt Jan 2003

Iowa Location Of Regional Pawpaw Trials, Patrick J. O'Malley, Lois Hunt

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The goal of this initial three-year project was to establish the pawpaw trees and bring them to fruiting stage. This was part of a long-term effort to evaluate the potential for an Iowa pawpaw tree fruit crop.


Examining The Potential For Organic Apple Production—The Homestead Orchard Project, Steve Muller, Kathleen Delate, Paul A. Domoto, Gail R. Nonnecke, Linda L. Naeve Jan 2002

Examining The Potential For Organic Apple Production—The Homestead Orchard Project, Steve Muller, Kathleen Delate, Paul A. Domoto, Gail R. Nonnecke, Linda L. Naeve

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Organic orchard management is not new, however, Midwest apple growers lack information and models on how to make their operations work well. This project tests various organic orchard management tools at an orchard operated by perople with developmental disabilities.


Biologically Intensive Pest Management: Iowa Apple Growers Take The Next Step Toward Sustainability, Mark L. Gleason, Donald R. Lewis, Cheryll A. Reitmeier, Gail R. Nonnecke, Paul A. Domoto, John J. Obrycki, Paul Lasley Jan 2001

Biologically Intensive Pest Management: Iowa Apple Growers Take The Next Step Toward Sustainability, Mark L. Gleason, Donald R. Lewis, Cheryll A. Reitmeier, Gail R. Nonnecke, Paul A. Domoto, John J. Obrycki, Paul Lasley

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Iowa growers have made strides in decreasing chemical use in their apple production. However, demands of the marketplace and regulatory agencies mean that growers need to investigate ways to further reduce pesticide use, potentially through biologically intensive pest management.


Transferring Biological Control Technology To Iowa Strawberry Growers, Donald R. Lewis, John J. Obrycki, Mark L. Gleason, Gail R. Nonnecke Jan 2001

Transferring Biological Control Technology To Iowa Strawberry Growers, Donald R. Lewis, John J. Obrycki, Mark L. Gleason, Gail R. Nonnecke

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Growers receive nearly $3.5 million gross income from strawberry production in Iowa. Substitution of environmentally friendly, natural products and biological controls for the current chemical-intensive growing approaches will be critical to the expansion of strawberry production in Iowa.


Characterization Of The Rose Rosette Disease Causal Agent: Potential For Biological Control And Multiflora Rose, Abraham H. Epstein, John H. Hill Jan 1999

Characterization Of The Rose Rosette Disease Causal Agent: Potential For Biological Control And Multiflora Rose, Abraham H. Epstein, John H. Hill

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose), introduced to America from Japan for ornamental pur­poses 200 years ago, was promoted in Iowa during the mid-1930s as a "living fence" that would help to conserve soil and provide cover for wildlife. Multiflora rose has since natural­ized, and today some two million acres of Iowa land are infested with this pest, which renders pastures unusable (dense stands exist in coun­ ties south of a line from West Pottawattamie through Winneshiek, affecting the southeast­ern two-thirds of the state). Cattle avoid the prickly stems, and grass dies beneath its thick growth. Although tillage can ...


Building In Integrated Pest Management Network In Cooperation With Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Growers, Mark L. Gleason, Donald R. Lewis, Forrest W. Nutter Jr., Gail R. Nonnecke, Paul Lasley, Steven C. Padgitt, Eldon R. Everhart, Gary Peterson, Naomi Maahs Jan 1997

Building In Integrated Pest Management Network In Cooperation With Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Growers, Mark L. Gleason, Donald R. Lewis, Forrest W. Nutter Jr., Gail R. Nonnecke, Paul Lasley, Steven C. Padgitt, Eldon R. Everhart, Gary Peterson, Naomi Maahs

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Fifty-one commercial growers of apples, strawberries, tomatoes, and/or watermelons cooperated with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension specialists in a three-year program to evaluate IPM control techniques. Scouts and growers monitored pest infestations and diseases such as codling moth on apples, tarnished plant bugs on strawberries, and anthracnose on tomatoes and melons. Growers sprayed only when pest populations or disease risk values reached levels capable of doing crop damage. Weather conditions were monitored for periods favorable to pest outbreaks. On average, ISU researchers estimate that growers applied from 25 to 55 percent fewer insecticide and fungicide sprays (depending on the ...


Alternative Production Systems For High-Value Horticultural Crops, Gail R. Nonnecke, John J. Obrycki, Angela Tedesco Jan 1996

Alternative Production Systems For High-Value Horticultural Crops, Gail R. Nonnecke, John J. Obrycki, Angela Tedesco

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

As concern about the adverse effects of pesticides grows, interest in alternative production methods for horticultural crops is increasing. In this project, strawberries and tomatoes, two important fruit and vegetable crops in Iowa, were studied under several alternative production approaches to determine how yields, quality, and income for growers could be maintained in comparison with conventional growing practices. One approach used integrated crop management strategies; another employed organic practices. A third used corn gluten meal, a natural fertilizer and weed control material. Results indicate that alternative production systems can provide acceptable June-beaming strawberry and tomato crop yields, quality, and income ...