Information on hardy landscape trees, high-tunnel production, hops, organic vegetable growing and fruit research will be presented at the NDSU Horticulture Farm field day, scheduled for Aug.17 near Absaraka, North Dakota. The field day runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The 80-acre farm includes the 35-acre Dale E. Herman Research Arboretum, named after the NDSU professor emeritus of horticulture and forestry. The arboretum is the largest collection of woody plants in the northern Plains.
The family-friendly field day will showcase an arboretum tree walk led by Todd West, NDSU associate professor in woody plant improvement. He will discuss which trees thrive in North Dakota and current NDSU tree introductions.
Tours will be given of a recently constructed high tunnel.
“In North Dakota, high tunnels have become a popular way for hobby and commercial growers to extend the growing season for vegetables,” said Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension Service horticulturist. “We are growing cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and cut flowers in the high tunnel.”
Fruit research projects on hardy grape and raspberry breeding, blackberry overwintering practices and Juneberry cultivar trials will be featured.
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences faculty also will give talks on lawn care, mower maintenance, tomato and potato issues and tree care.
Don Carey, "The Bug Man," will be on hand to entertain children with presentations at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
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