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Learn how to grow quality transplants

By Staff | Feb 10, 2016

FORT DODGE – Growing quality transplants is the topic of a day-long Iowa State University Extension workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Webster County Extension office 217 South 25th St., Suite C12, in Fort Dodge.

To register for the event, contact Webster County Extension at (515) 576-2119 or email fishera@iastate.edu.

Registration on or before Feb. 15 is $30/person and $35/person afterward. Lunch is included.

Speaker Ajay Nair, assistant professor with the ISU Department of Horticulture and vegetable production specialist, said transplant production plays a key role in a successful vegetable production system.

“Growing healthy, high quality transplants is the first step growers must do to achieve maximum yields of high quality produce,” said Nair.

Sessions will focus on growing medium, insect and disease management, watering and fertilization, lighting and hardening off transplants.

The class will conclude with a visit to Mike Buske’s farm to see the greenhouse where he grows transplants for his farm. Additional speakers for the day include Dr. Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, from the ISU plant insect diagnostic clinic; Kristine Neu, an ISU horticulturalist; and Joe Hannan, of ISU Extension.

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