Ajay Nair
Extension Commercial Horticulture Specialist

515-294-7080
nairajay@iastate.edu

Articles by this author:

A high tunnel short course Nov. 6 at Reiman Gardens will highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops, as well as information on the economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production.

Iowa State University’s annual Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Aug. 7 will feature research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, non-profit organizations and master gardeners.

ISU Extension and Outreach will host a field day June 1 to showcase results from experiments using cereal rye cultivars.

Two eastern Iowa fruit and vegetable farmers will host events that will offer informative discussions and time to meet other farmers over a cup of coffee. The meet-ups in Donnellson and Solon are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.

Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

A pair of Iowa State University professors will represent the state at the 2017 Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., on March 15.

A new publication looks at the small, very small, things in the soil that play a huge role in plant growth and development. The author, Ajay Nair, encourages growers to test soils regularly - preferably in the fall.

A new publication from ISU Extension and Outreach titled "Crop Rotations, Composting and Cover Crops for Organic Vegetable Production" provides detailed information on those three important aspects of organic production.

The commercial production aspect of asparagus is discussed in a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication. "Commercial Asparagus Production" (HORT 3059) is available online through the Extension Store.

The production of melon, from site selection and planting to harvesting, is covered in the new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication "Commercial Melon Production."